Do it yourself

How I made a basic face mask 1

I had been getting more and more concerned about being outside during Coronavirus lockdown and decided to put my sewing supplies to use. I wanted a mask, but didn’t want to buy one that medical and care workers might need. What you will need is 2 bits of cotton fabric, around 25cm by 20cm (or one bigger bit that folds into that – 25cm by 40cm ish). A fabric piece about 20cm by 15cm to act as a basic filter, for example cotton flannelette pillow cases, or a thin microfibre camping/gym towel. Tightly woven yet allowing air flow. About 40cm of flat elastic, or hairband round elastic. Sharp scissors, some pins if you like things straight, and needle and thread. You place the front and back facing each other, like in the picture above, to make the mask we sew it inside out, and then all the edges end up […]

Sugru fixing stuff 2

I was sent Sugru to review a while back, but I totally forgot to blog about it as I was raving about it on Instagram instead. Sugru is strange stuff, a sort of putty in bright colours that dries into a rubbery substance. Once dry (or cured as the instructions refer to it) Sugru is UV resistant, water proof, dishwasherable, not afraid of extremes of hot or cold from -50C to +180C apparently), and electrically insulating. Wow!