Doctors and nurses have been complaining of pain behind their ears because they're wearing masks for hours and hours on end. And now that everyone who is in the public or working around others will be wearing masks all day many people have asked for a solution to the ear pain. Creative people have responded! Make DIY mask ear savers for yourself or your local front line workers. There are many different options. From hand sewing to crochet to 3D printing, there's something for anyone's skill level. I've found some of the easiest free tutorials and patterns so you can make your own or a bunch to give away.
If you're looking for a place to take them, try your local hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, or even leave one out for your delivery people. They can use them with their own DIY masks or their N95 masks.
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The Best DIY Mask Ear Savers Tutorials, Patterns & Print Files Online
I've searched high and low and found 4 of the best options for mask ear savers. Each are free and can be used to make as many as you want. I hope one of these suits your needs! Let us know what you think in the comments.
Sew Simple DIY Mask Ear Savers
tutorial by Girl. Inspired.
People are working with masks on their face all day and are finding their ears are getting sores from the elastic. These simple ear saving bands are great for any person and provide relief. These take just a few minutes to make and would be a great gift to your local medical clinics and nursing homes!
Crochet Mask Ear Savers
Free pattern by Sarah Berens on Ravelry
These are surely a cute option! Grab some Red Heart Super Saver yarn, your H crochet hook and some fun buttons and get working on these. This pattern is quick and easy, even for beginners. In fact, I'm sure kids and teens would love to crochet these to donate! This would make a great service project.
3D Print Mask Ear Savers at Home
Many free print files available at NIH.gov
If you have access to a 3D printer you can start printing these plastic ear savers. These look like they work very well and are adjustable, which is a great advantage. I'd worry it would get stuck in my hair a bit but that's better than having sores behind my ears, I would imagine.
No Sew DIY Headband Mask Ear Saver
Video tutorial by Angie Holden on YouTube
Grab an old t-shirt and a couple buttons and make one of these headbands. This seems like one of the softest, easiest options. All you'll need is a hand sewing needle, thread and a couple buttons. If you're going to cut up a t-shirt you might as well make a few for others while you're at it.