June Kosier of East Greenbush, NY shared a few examples of how buttons are playing a small part in helping in face mask comfort in a big way.

If you’ve ever worn a face mask, it doesn’t take long to realize that the elastic around the ears can pull, rub and hurt.

Enter the button!

Two face mask related button uses have been in the news lately to help in the prevention of pain and injury to one’s ears.

First, by medical personnel who found that if buttons are sewn to the sides of a headband, the elastic loops of the face mask can be pulled around the buttons on the headband, thus saving ears from pain and irritation.

Second, a method where a short strap with buttons sewn on each end are secured near the base of one’s neck. Pull the mask loops around the buttons and the pressure is off the ears. One woman from Flushing New York makes crocheted straps. The straps can also be made from any soft fabric such as a ribbon or flannel.

With the announcement on April 15th that Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, mask comfort will matter to more people.

Check out the helpful links for making face masks, headbands and straps. I personally made a few child and adult sized face masks following Leah’s tutorial.

Cindy Clauss


Crocheted ear saver with buttons – video instructions.

Ribbon ear saver with buttons – very simple video instructions

This video shows how to make a headband with buttons.

Leah Day provides tutorials for a child and adult face masks with elastic or ties. I found the patterns easy to follow.


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