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Face coverings

I’ve experimented a little bit lately with making my own gaiter-style face coverings, for times when I’m exercising and/or need to pull it up and down more regularly than a tied or elastic face mask. So far, I’m pretty happy with it! The fabric I like best is sweat-wicking and light enough to breathe through, but substantial and stretchy enough that I’m definitely not letting air “escape” around the sides.

I’ve still got a touch more experimentation to do with the stitching – I want to find a stitch/style that will let it flex just a touch more – and I think I’d make them just a smidge longer. They’re a decent fit for me but they were a bit small for my husband, who admittedly has an enormous head. I wore the one you see pictured to CrossFit on Wednesday and sweated A LOT into it while it was around my neck and it wicked away quite nicely. It never felt too hot or too constricting.

So, in light of that, I have two questions for you all!

How are you handling face coverings during athletic activities, like riding and working out? Are you wearing just a typical mask or do you have some kind of specialized solution?

If I were to make more of this style in some horsey patterns, is this something you’d buy? Right now, I could make and price them for $30 each in some patterns like the ones below.

10 thoughts on “Face coverings

  1. I use the gaiter style to run, walk the dogs, and ride. They’re required in DC to be worn outside too. So these have been lifesavers. I don’t like the stretchier fabric, though. That tends to get sucked up next to my face and up my nose/in my mouth. I’d love wicking fabric that has an elastic around the top where it goes over the nose. That would be amazing, so it stays up without suctioning to my face.

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    1. That’s good feedback. I used mine a bit more last night during CrossFit and the fabric is loose enough that I never felt a suction effect. It was like you describe, elastic up top but draped lower. I will keep playing and making sure I can consistently get that effect!

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  2. It’s very rural where I live so haven’t had to wear one much (since I’m always alone and thousands of feet from other people). But if I were to horse show during covid times, I would definitely want this style! I have a couple of the Mare Goods ones, but they are a little too big for me and don’t stay up well. Is it possibly to make them with a little draw string or elastic?
    Love the ribbon pattern! And the hunt scene one too!

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    1. Yeah, I wear a mask in general far less often than most people, I think!

      The fabric has a fair bit of elastic and that effect is doubled around the nose. It stays up pretty darn well, I think. I’ll have a batch of them for people to test soon!

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  3. I like the hunt scene one, and actually the one on your face too! I’d probably buy both of those to try out that style of face covering. I have been wearing typical face masks with nose wires/ear loops. Something I could drop around my neck when I am outside and farther away from people but could pull up if needed sounds better in some cases than carrying a face mask.

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    1. I bought that pattern purely to test but I love it too! I’ve made two of them for myself. I’ll probably list some in basic floral patterns and some in horse patterns when I get to it.

      The pull up, pull down is one of my favorite things. I can just slip it up when I feel a bit nervous or uncomfortable without it being a whole thing.

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  4. As far as a mask for riding/barn time, I’m not required to wear one on a horse, just in the boarding barn and outside if I’m near others. My mom has been making regular masks which are pretty good, but I would love to try a neck gaiter for times when I have to wear one for a longer time period. At the away show I did my ears got pretty sore from the mask.
    I have seen that a lot of people want plain white ones for wearing in the show ring. Personally I do my mask and stick it in my breeches pocket when I ride, but it might be a popular item for you. I do like the patterns above but would be partial to a pattern that has little to no white in it since dirt finds me, lol.

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