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   We all need to do our part to preserve the supply of N-95 for health care workers and first responders. The life they save may be yours!


   Watch this video to find out what to make your mask with.



   You still need to MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. Homemade masks are to use in conjunction with physical distance of at least 6 feet.

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Our FREE mask template now includes written instructions.
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Unmask the Myth about Homemade Face Masks

   We see pleas from those on the frontlines for face masks yet homemade masks are being discounted for two reasons – they are not CDC approved and effectiveness is unknown.

   Let us explain why we urge you to rethink this thought process.

   Of course CDC approved masks are best if available. Please remember to evaluate whether or not the situation requires masking to protect the approved mask supply for more critical situations.The CDC guidelines actually indicate use of homemade masks when commercially made, approved, and test masks are not available.

   Everyone can agree that a homemade mask will provide more protection than nothing and in fact the CDC agrees.

DOUBLE the EFFECTIVENESS of HOMEMADE MASKS

by using two masks. Use one mask for the patient as it will help impede the flow of germs as well as aid in germ containment. The second mask is for the provider which will act as a barrier for some of what get through the first barrier.
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Please follow CDC guidance to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!

Extend Mask Life with Easy to Make Cover

   With N-95 respirator supplies in question, extending the life of a mask may become important during the pandemic.

   Quilters will especially appreciate that these covers are made with scrap batting. We chose quilting batting because it tends to cling to masks. We have included a casing for elastic or ties should you desire to secure it in place.

   We designed this mask cover to be disposable yet it can be washed a few times.
Please follow CDC guidelines to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!


DiY Face Mask
Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders

It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.

It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.

Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may be carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.

Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands.

We considered several factors when designing our mask:
  • Snug fit against the face
  • Breathability
  • Reusable
  • Comfort
Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.

It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.

The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.

Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.



We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.

We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.

The information contained in this blog is the opinion of MainelyDiY.com. Please follow CDC guidelines.

Simple Heart Template

This video has two different methods for creating a smooth heart shaped template require no special tools. Both are simple and quick. One of the techniques is particularly flexible in the depth and length of the points. Make them any way your heart desires. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Template is perfect to use for paper crafts including greeting cards or for sewing appliques or any heart themed project.

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Handy Dandy Tool Organizer Case

Keep your tools organized and ready to roll with this roll-up handy holder. Just place your tools in pocketed slots, fold down top flap to keep tools in place, roll it up, tie the shoe lace and you will have a compact tool storage kit that is perfect for storing in car, truck, garage or tool box. This one was designed with wrenches in mind but would work well for other tools such as screwdrivers.

We suggest using a sturdy fabric like denim. It sews up very quickly.

Makes a Great Gift for a Birthday or Father’s Day

Bean Bag Toss Game

    You can make this bean bag toss game yourself and customize it any way you like. Paint it the way you like. We recommend painting the target holes a contrasting color. The bean bags are literally filled with beans.

   With the innovative leg design, you can adjust the angle and height any way you desire. Since the support legs are independently adjustable playing on an uneven surface is no problem. The legs are also removable so you can store the game flat or hanging it.

   This game is lots of fun for the whole family. It can be played both indoors as well as outdoors.

Just teach your pet to retrieve the bags after tossing at add a bit more laughter to the game. Check out the video to see how the Crafting Kitty gets it on the playing fun too!

Some people call this corn hole game

To make bean bags

  • Cut 3 dark and 3 light rectangles of fabric 4 1/2″ by 9″
  • Fold one piece in half right sides together along the 9″ side – it now measures 4 1/2″ square
  • Sew a narrow seam along 2 open edges
  • Turn right side out
  • Fill with beans
  • Realign open edge so that seam in centered one the former fold line.
  • Fold in edges and stitch across.
  • Repeat for remaining bags.

Whether You Call Him Tonttu, Tomte, or Gnome, Be Sure To Welcome This Adorable Elfish Creature into Your Home

Tonttu is a small creature from Finnish mythology. He lives in and protects the home. It is very important to treat him with respect otherwise he may become mischievous. Occasionally he can be found in the forest. Perhaps he has been treated poorly and is looking for a new home to look after – maybe yours! Some cultures may call him a gnome or tomte. I just call this elf-like creature cute. This tonttu is easy and quick to make. His spirit is ready to inhabit your home.

Tried of tying those untied lace?

Are your slippers, moccasins, or loafers always coming untied? Worried about tripping on those loose laces? Put your fears to rest with this quick and simple solution. The hardest part is threading a needle. It looks nice and might even be invisible when completed.
Giving slippers as a gift? Fix them before they are even worn. Your recipient may never realize you did this but you will have peace of mind that you prevented a trip and fall hazard.
Slippers make a great gift!

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Adorable Santa Skirt Purse

Adorable purse is full of Christmas spirit. It is in the shape of a skirt with materials that look like they came from Santa Claus’s red suit. The perfect fashion accessory to add some fun to your holiday wardrobe. Make this purse with either a purchased Christmas hat or stocking. Add a chain shoulder strap and a belt complete with buckle and you can be stepping out in festive style.

Definitely a must have for any fashionista!

Frosty the Snowman Ornament

Frosty snowmen make such cool ornaments. Pun intended. Not only are they great for Christmas but these ornaments can stay up all winter long. Hopefully this snowman ornament will inspire you to get outside this winter and have a ball making some real snowmen. You can make this cute snowman ornament without batting an eye. His white color actually comes from a quilt batting scrap.

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Get a handle on rotary cutters

Today’s product spotlight is on rotary cutter handles. We will show you the pros and cons of several different styles so that you can make an informed decision.
Rotary Cutters

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Best Rotary Cutter Blades – Product Spotlight

Not all rotary cutter blades are created equally. Watch this product comparison to see what the difference is between the traditional blade and a newer alternative. Whether you sew quilts and want to cut fabric or are a paper crafter, you will want to check out this video.

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