How to Make Comfortable Hospital Germ Mask Straps

September 04, 2017 1 Comment

 

 

Dear Kamsnaps,

I wanted to send you an email to tell you how much your pacifier clips have meant to my family and many families of children like mine.

My daughter was diagnosed with cancer last summer when she was a year old. Her cancer was very stubborn and it was recommended that she receive a bone marrow transplant. During transplant, a patient's immune system is completely knocked out and is suppressed for many, many months.

At the hospital we transplanted at, the children had to wear air filtering masks to stay protected in the hallways. There was one kind of mask for the kids to wear and the straps were very uncomfortable and difficult to keep on a small child. I set out to find a product that I could easily take on and off of the disposable masks.

Thank goodness I came across your pacifier clips. They work absolutely perfectly and it wasn't long before all the parents and nurses at the hospital started asking me about them. During our very long stays, I have made close to 30 mask straps to give to other children. I have had parents thank me in tears for this small improvement in comfort for their child.

Thank you SO much for this amazing product. I continue to order clips when I can to continue to donate to children in need.

Sincerely,
Beth
*posted with permission*


 

Beth has generously shared a tutorial on how to make a comfortable, stretchable, removable strap for a hospital germ mask.

Supplies:

1 crochet head band (available  here at The Hair Bow Company)

2 pacifier clips (available  here at KAMsnaps)

Approximately 30" of thread

scissors

Step 1: 

Cut headband in half, next to the seam.

Step 2: 

Push one side through the opening in the pacifier clip and roll it under.

Step 3: 

Prep a needle and thread with about 30 inches of thread and tie a sturdy knot at the end. Push the needle through the headband near the pacifier clip. With a looping stitch, wrap the entire edge.

Step 4: 

When you have wrapped the entire folded over edge, turn and secure the section across with a basic running stitch. Finish off the last side as you did in step 3 by wrapping the edge with a looping stitch.

Step 5: 

Tie off end and cut remaining thread away. Repeats steps 1-5 on the other side to complete headband.

Finished product! Great for using with air filtration masks, breathing masks and nebulizers, just to name a few.

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1 Response

Paulette M
Paulette M

September 04, 2017

Do you get one or two mask straps out of a headband?

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