Sew Susan

Sew Susan Pandemic mask maker and costumer for normal days

Operating as usual

07/28/2021

Hi all! It’s been a while... I was hoping COVID was under control enough that I could retire, but it seems that masks are making a comeback. I’m especially concerned for the kiddos going back to school this fall before a vaccine is available for them. So I wanted to post and let you know I’m still making masks if you need any more. For the kids, might I recommend my style of masks that go around the head? They’re handy because they can pull them around their necks outside at recess and not lose them. And as always, I can do adjustable or fixed ear loops. Stay safe, my friends!

Happy Spring Fam! I have some limited edition spring patterns and wanted to re-introduce a few old favorites for those i...
03/30/2021

Happy Spring Fam! I have some limited edition spring patterns and wanted to re-introduce a few old favorites for those in want of a springy mask-collection refresh. Masks are still $7 a piece. Attach them to your head with ties, elastic around the ears, or elastic around the head. Optional features available: aluminum nose pieces and toggles to make the ear elastics adjustable.

Coming up, St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t get pinched!
03/07/2021

Coming up, St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t get pinched!

Coming up, St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t get pinched!

Hello everyone! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been kinda laying low over the holidays and thro...
01/26/2021

Hello everyone! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been kinda laying low over the holidays and through the eventful few weeks of politics, but I wanted to pop in an share the idea of double masking. I’ve noticed it more and more on our leaders and in the press. With the continued unfavorable trends in this virus’ infection rates and with the introduction of a new strain, experts are starting to recommend we double up on our protection. Think of it like layers of Swiss cheese - no mask is going to be 100% effective, but by adding more properly fitted layers, and maybe different types of layers, it could help protect you even more. The masks I make are two layers of high quality cotton, but are they enough? Maybe for most tasks and outings, but if you’re going to be in crowds or around those who are possibly infected, please consider adding an N95 (which I understand are more and more available) or a disposable surgical mask underneath. Not trying to put myself out of business, I’ll happily keep making fun and comfy-but-properly-fitting masks for you, but I’m really concerned and thought I’d share this idea. My normal adult masks are definitely sized big enough to wear over an N95 and will extend its life to a point. And as always, please practice good hygiene by washing your reusable masks every time you wear them. Stay safe!

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Lots of new faces today as I participate in the Real Housewives of Loudoun County holiday giveaway. Welcome! Take a look...
12/20/2020

Lots of new faces today as I participate in the Real Housewives of Loudoun County holiday giveaway. Welcome! Take a look around, especially at my fabric collection in my pinned post and PM me if you have any questions. I still have some capacity to get a few more orders done before Christmas. Pickup in Ashburn Farms.

Adding some of pics of completed winter masks to this album
11/23/2020

Adding some of pics of completed winter masks to this album

I went out again today to look for something specific that I didn’t end up finding, but I DID find some old favorites th...
11/21/2020

I went out again today to look for something specific that I didn’t end up finding, but I DID find some old favorites that I had run out of! Back in stock now - Mickey & Minnie and Star Wars!

I went to Joanns for a good reason and accidentally came home with more holiday fabric for masks and other crafts (more ...
11/17/2020

I went to Joanns for a good reason and accidentally came home with more holiday fabric for masks and other crafts (more info on wine bottle bags coming). Here’s my full winter collection:

Buddy the Elf mask made for the first time this week for a customer. How cute are these?
11/15/2020

Buddy the Elf mask made for the first time this week for a customer. How cute are these?

Wine bag prototype #3. This one has a handle but is not quite reversible. I tried a different color blocking arrangement...
11/10/2020

Wine bag prototype #3. This one has a handle but is not quite reversible. I tried a different color blocking arrangement to highlight some cute material (thanks Christine!). Needs a good ironing, but I was too excited about this one and had to share!

Wine bag #2, attempt 1. It’s a little untidy, but you get the idea. It is reversible, and has a nice handle. I like mixi...
11/10/2020

Wine bag #2, attempt 1. It’s a little untidy, but you get the idea. It is reversible, and has a nice handle. I like mixing the pattern with the solid at the bottom (tap the pic to see the whole bag).

Coming soon: wine/whisky/balsamic bottle gift bags! I’m just testing out styles now. This one cinches and is reversible....
11/09/2020

Coming soon: wine/whisky/balsamic bottle gift bags! I’m just testing out styles now. This one cinches and is reversible. But it doesn’t have handles. (Don’t worry, I’m still making masks as fast as I can! Do you have enough for the Fall and Winter holidays?)

10/26/2020

I saw one of my masks “in the wild” on a customer on another business’ page. I can tell by the pattern and stitching that it’s one of mine. How exciting!

I got caught up on my masks orders this week so I could take a break this weekend because Halloween is only a couple wee...
10/18/2020

I got caught up on my masks orders this week so I could take a break this weekend because Halloween is only a couple weeks away and these costumes aren’t going to make themselves! Here’s my son in his Lord of the Rings wizard’s robes. He has a pointy wizard hat somewhere (like Mickey Mouse’s hat in Fantasia).

Photos from Sew Susan's post
10/11/2020

Photos from Sew Susan's post

This was a fun, multi-seasonal order: Halloween masks for Hogwarts costumes, Fall/Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter, and St...
10/09/2020

This was a fun, multi-seasonal order: Halloween masks for Hogwarts costumes, Fall/Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter, and St. Patti’s Day!

Hogwarts Houses material is in and it’s magical!
10/04/2020

Hogwarts Houses material is in and it’s magical!

Bo the Bear got a beary special mask made from an unBEARably cute fabric I received from a friend. She sent me a whole b...
10/04/2020

Bo the Bear got a beary special mask made from an unBEARably cute fabric I received from a friend. She sent me a whole box of goodies I’ll be sharing soon. Thanks Christine!

Double, double, toil and troubleTwo sets of Halloween masks, on the double
10/02/2020

Double, double, toil and trouble
Two sets of Halloween masks, on the double

My whole household has had the kind of day where in the comics we would have a grey cloud following us around. But my da...
09/30/2020

My whole household has had the kind of day where in the comics we would have a grey cloud following us around. But my day turned around in an instant when I received not one but TWO special deliveries from Etsy.
Now in stock: HP Houses and Wonder Woman!!!!
Message me for orders!

I made 16 masks for my Girl Scouts today, that’s a new record for me. I am going to knock out some other ones after dinn...
09/26/2020

I made 16 masks for my Girl Scouts today, that’s a new record for me. I am going to knock out some other ones after dinner to make it an even 20. Whew! The color isn’t as perfect with the Junior GS vests as I thought last night, but my daughter loves them and they’re close enough.

A few random NEW FABRICS: Darth Vader, another take on Marvel heroes, and light/dark teal mini squares that goes so nice...
09/26/2020

A few random NEW FABRICS: Darth Vader, another take on Marvel heroes, and light/dark teal mini squares that goes so nicely with a Girl Scout Junior vest (a special treat coming soon for my Troop).

Photos from Sew Susan's post
09/25/2020

Photos from Sew Susan's post

Gauging interest before I pull the trigger - would you buy a House mask? Show your House pride? If so (no commitment tho...
09/24/2020

Gauging interest before I pull the trigger - would you buy a House mask? Show your House pride? If so (no commitment tho), shout out your house below!

What do I do when I’m not sewing masks? I sew dresses for my daughter. This is her Halloween costume, a take on an Elven...
09/19/2020

What do I do when I’m not sewing masks? I sew dresses for my daughter. This is her Halloween costume, a take on an Elven Princess from the Lord of the Rings dress. I’m so proud of it!

NEW FABRIC: I call this collection “I was left unsupervised in Joanns.” I got a second fall print (my favorite season, b...
09/17/2020

NEW FABRIC: I call this collection “I was left unsupervised in Joanns.” I got a second fall print (my favorite season, but I’m not inspired by the fabrics I’ve seen other than the Halloween ones), and four new character prints!

ANNOUNCING The Winter Collection! I know it’s early, but I am too excited about these gorgeous fabrics. The colors are r...
09/10/2020

ANNOUNCING The Winter Collection! I know it’s early, but I am too excited about these gorgeous fabrics. The colors are rich and several of them are accented in beautiful (but still cotton) metallics. What is your favorite?

Holy Holyhead Harpies, Batman, lookit how amazing this little (anonymous for her sake) Gryffindor Prefect is in my speci...
09/04/2020

Holy Holyhead Harpies, Batman, lookit how amazing this little (anonymous for her sake) Gryffindor Prefect is in my special HP masks! Thanks for sharing! Loooove!

I have two sets of NEW FABRICS to take you on a little European tour. I have a trio of Irish inspired green and a trio o...
09/03/2020

I have two sets of NEW FABRICS to take you on a little European tour. I have a trio of Irish inspired green and a trio of Parisian inspired blacks and pinks. Aren’t they lovely? Next up will be holiday patterns, coming soon...(Winter holidays, that is. Don’t forget I have Halloween in the mix already!)

A few new materials made into masks for the first time. I also updated my pinned post of available fabrics today. Check ...
09/01/2020

A few new materials made into masks for the first time. I also updated my pinned post of available fabrics today. Check out these new striped Parisian patterns.

As much as I hate the thought of it, I don’t think we’ll be past the need for masks by winter, so I made my first winter...
08/28/2020

As much as I hate the thought of it, I don’t think we’ll be past the need for masks by winter, so I made my first winter/holiday fabric purchase today. Coming soon, Green Celebration and Blue Snowflakes. What other themes should I look for? Snowmen? Plaid? Team green and red? or blue and silver?

NEW FEATURE AVAILABLE: I was recently encouraged to look into the nose wire strips to help with shaping and avoiding fog...
08/27/2020

NEW FEATURE AVAILABLE: I was recently encouraged to look into the nose wire strips to help with shaping and avoiding fogging of glasses. Turns out they’re not expensive and I figured out my own little way of sewing them into the masks. I’m excited about them. I think they do help, so I’m going to encourage new orders accept the use of them. The only drawback I see if they could eventually wear out and snap with time. I still want you to be able to wash and dry on high and I think encasing/sewing them in the mask itself will allow for that.

For those who have already bought masks from me without nose strips, I would be happy to send you some. They have some fairly strong adhesive (stronger the longer you wait) so you could just slap one on the outside and be fine for one of two uses (recommend washing in a mesh bag just in case it falls off). I’d also be happy to share which ones I got off of Amazon if you want to get some of your own.

Anyhoo, I think this is a worthy, exciting feature upgrade. I don’t see a need to increase prices at this point. So yay, who needs more masks? 😋

Tis the season for pumpkin spice and spooky masks (this year at least). Get your Halloween masks soon so you’re ready! I...
08/25/2020

Tis the season for pumpkin spice and spooky masks (this year at least). Get your Halloween masks soon so you’re ready! I have six designs and now offer adjustable nose pieces on my 100% cotton pleated masks.

Ten crisp white masks are out the door to a Girl Scout troop in FL for some decorating fun. I can’t wait to see how they...
08/24/2020

Ten crisp white masks are out the door to a Girl Scout troop in FL for some decorating fun. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

Several new masks recently including this awesome Marauder’s Map masks and some Halloween masks. Tis the season!
08/23/2020

Several new masks recently including this awesome Marauder’s Map masks and some Halloween masks. Tis the season!

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Love wine bag! Fits a great bottle of Tequila! Happy Holidays and Thank you!
So excited for my new Buddy the Elf mask!
We love our masks! Thank you!
Hey Sue! How much? We could use a couple adult ones with elastic and a dino toddler...