How to make some easy storage bags to hold your masks. Label them with your Cricut! This is great way to keep masks for school or work separate by day!
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My youngest son is 3 years old and his preschool reopened this Fall. He’ll be attending twice a week and they’re asking the kids to wear masks. I decided to make a couple of quick mask bags to store his school masks.
The bags are easy to wash and have a divider so I can store two masks per bag. The dirty mask can go inside the bag if they need to swap out for a clean mask…. which is inevitable with a bunch of toddlers.
You’ll need some fabric… I used 100% cotton fabric, but you could also consider a wipeable plastic type fabric like polyurethane laminate. Plastic type materials may ‘hold’ the COVID virus longer… and I figured that might apply for plasticy fabric like PUL too. That said, PUL is easier to wipe down than cotton.
I used a zipper for the closure and snaps for the handle. You can make a closed loop for the handle if you prefer because most schools have coat hooks that kids can hang things from. I like having a snap closure so I can snap it around a bar or other secure areas.
I applied a HTV (heat transfer vinyl) design to the front of my bag to label it, and there’s also a label on the handle with our last name. You can get the Cricut cut file here if you want to use my design. I added a few different days for those whose children attend school on other days of the week.
- (1) Piece of Cotton Fabric: 10″ x 12.5″ (exterior)
- (1) Piece of Cotton Fabric: 10″ x 8″ (interior divider)
- (1) Piece of Cotton Fabric: 14″ x 4.5″ (strap)
The 10″ is across the width of the bag so your 9″ zipper, naturally, goes along one 10″ side (I left plenty of extra room for a seam allowance around the zipper). Make sure the fabric is cut in the right direction!
Here’s the tutorial… if you keep scrolling, there’s a video tutorial too!
Here’s the video tutorial:
I’ve been really impressed with how well the preschool is handling COVID precautions so far. They share photos with us about how the school days have been going and the kids almost always have their masks on, except for lunch. We’ve been working hard to teach our kids the importance of wearing our mask properly so I’m super proud that my kids are ‘getting it.’
Public schools are closed for this semester in our state so my older sons are homeschooling with me this year.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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