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How to breakdown a t-shirt for mask ties

There are two ways to breakdown a t-shirt for mask ties, ties only or edge binding. This how-to post describes both.

For ties only

This method maximizes the shirt for strong ties that are 18 to 20 inches long when moderately stretched. This makes for a strong comfortable tie and a good mask fit.

Lay the t-shirt out flat
Remove the sleeves and neck banding.
Remove the hem
Remove the shoulder seams
Remove side seams if sewn
Fold in half and use a rotary cutter and quilters ruler to being cutting your stipes length-wise from shoulder to hem. DO NOT cut acrossthe knit. Cut strips 1.5 inches wide.
Cut strips 1.5 inches wide.
Discard any odd or non-continuous bits.
Stretch out to make soft round ties. Sew together if you needed. And cut to length for your mask.
Keep in mind that the flat length and the stretched length will vary. Keep that in mind when cutting for ties. Ties for an adult head from the corner of the mask to the end of 1 tie is approximately 18 to 20 inches usually.

For edge binding

This method results in ties that can be easily double folded to make edge binding and ties. For this method, you need to cut the strips wider so they are strong when stretched. If cut to thin with this method the ties will not hold the mask in a secure fit for long wear.

  1. Lay the t-shirt out as flat as possible
  2. Using a rotary cutter or very sharp scissors remove the sleeves and collar area from the body of the shirt.
  3. Remove the hem of the shirt
  4. Discard any narrow bits left over.
  5. Cut horizontally across the body of the shirt at 1.75″ to 2″ lengths. This is easiest with a rotary cutter and a quilters ruler.
  6. Discard any narrow bits left over.
  7. Double fold and use as edge-binding. Stretch the strips to create round soft ties after sewing as binding. If you have odd short bits you need to combine to create strips be sure to sew them with a half-inch seam allowance and a zigzag stitch securely.
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Step 1: Lay the t-shirt out as flat as possible
Step 2: Using a rotary cutter or very sharp scissors remove the sleeves and collar area from the body of the shirt.
Step 3: Remove the hem of the shirt
Step 4: Cut horizontally across the body of the shirt at 1.75″ to 2″ lengths. This is easiest with a rotary cutter and a quilters ruler.
Step 5: Discard any narrow bits left over.
Step 6: Stretch the strips to create round soft ties. If you have odd short bits you need to combine to create strips be sure to sew them with a half inch seam allowance and a zigzag stitch securely.

 

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