Today I have a freebie I never could have imagined that we as a country and world would need. Our world has drastically changed in the last month and I have felt a little helpless to say the least. Sure I have been sewing masks and staying home to be safe but I felt like I could be doing more… I’m no seamstress so doing a tutorial for mask sewing just didn’t feel right. There are so many amazing sewing bloggers out there that have us covered.
(As a side note I got my pattern for my masks from www.madeeveryday.com and it is perfect!)
Ok… back to the ear savers. My daughter is in high school robotics and her team started 3-D printing these ear savers for medical staff around the country who are feeling the burn… literally on their ears. Wearing masks all day long is rubbing their ears raw. After hearing about them producing these ‘ear savers’ as I’m going to call them I thought hey what if I create a design that every crafter out there can be utilizing? What another great way that we can put our cutting machines to use and think of the impact!
Let’s let help provide some relief for those healthcare workers, first responders, and essential employees.
I have designed two different styles and you can size them to be however big or small you need. The ones I am cutting are about 7 inches across and they fit a variety of sizes. Now rather than having to place the mask strap behind their ear (as pictured below) they can strap it to the ear saver instead. Think of it like a little hook in the back.
Please note that the links to the material suggestions are Amazon Affiliate links.
Now one of the most important questions…. what material do we cut to create them?
There are lots of options here and I’m going to encourage you to also get creative but here are a couple suggestions and ideas:
- Plastic school folders (think Friday’s Green Folder that we are no longer using this year)
- The plastic fronts of notebooks
- Several thermal lamination pouches sealed together
- Plastic cutting mats
- Plastic place mats
Really anything that is sturdy enough to hold an elastic strap but not so thick your machine can’t cut it. If you have another idea that I can add to the list please let me know. The more we can brainstorm and share together the better off we are.
And even if you don’t have a cutting machine you can print out a copy, trace, and cut with scissors! There are so many options!
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE EAR SAVER SVG FILE HERE:
Please note that the file above is in a zip folder so if you are downloading on a tablet or phone you will need to make sure to have an app to open and unzip the file. Also double check that you are using the Safari browser.
Thanks for being here and I can’t wait to see how we are able to make a difference together! Please make sure to first reach out to your local hospitals and area first responders to see what the immediate need is.
If you are interested in 3D printing this exact ear saver design head over to this link to download the file for it totally FREE!