Learn how to make Ear Savers with this easy pattern, some felt, and a couple of buttons. These Ear Savers (also called mask extenders) will help prevent ear soreness that comes from wearing medical face masks with elastic loops. Many crafters are making ear savers to donate to healthcare professionals, too!
Anyone who wears a face mask for extended periods of time will tell you that they come with an unfortunate side effect: sore ears. The elastic ear loops that hold the mask in place can chafe the backs of your ears, leading to skin irritation and discomfort.
Thankfully, there are easy steps you can take to prevent ear soreness. Here are a few simple solutions to make wearing masks more comfortable.
- Choose a mask pattern with fabric ties that go behind the head.
- Attach the ear loops to buttons sewed onto the side of a headband.
- Use an “ear saver” strap placed around the back of your head to hold the elastic ear loops.
Easy Ear Saver Pattern
It’s easy to make your own DIY ear saver at home. You can make them in a variety of materials, like sewn fabric or crochet.
But one of the simplest ways I know to make an ear saver is with durable felt and buttons. You can even make one without sewing machine! All you need is a simple needle and thread.
Here is what you’ll need for this project.
- 2mm thick felt
- two buttons (larger than 1/2″, if you have them)
- needle and thread
- scissors or rotary cutter
- free pattern template
I choose a thicker craft felt for this project so it would be more durable and less likely to stretch with use. If you can only find 1mm felt, you can use two layers stitched together.
Step 1: Using the free printable template, cut out your felt. I’ve included three sizes for you to choose from.
Here’s a tip: You can cut out the paper templates first and hold them up to the back of your head to find your perfect size. If you find that you are in-between sizes, you can make a fold in the middle of one of the template pieces to make a custom-sized pattern.
Step 2: Use a needle and thread to sew on the buttons to each end of the felt ear saver. Ta-da, you’re done!
Care tips: You can wash durable acrylic felt in the washing machine. I like to wash both my masks and ear savers in a mesh bag (meant for lingerie and other delicates) so they don’t get tangled up with the rest of my laundry.
Other Ways to Make Ear Savers
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Plus, don’t miss my free Face Mask Pattern, with over 1200+ reviews!
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