New, improved free SVG and DFX patterns make it easy to cut your own plastic ear savers for your face mask.
In many places now, masks are required. More people than ever are wearing face coverings while they are outside of their home.
The standard style of face mask has elastic that hooks over the ears, which can become uncomfortable. If the elastic is too loose, the mask will slip down and not do its job as well.
To combat both of these problems, I’ve updated the ear saver designs.
I’ve noticed that many homemade masks are too loose. They slip down under the nose. It’s hard to get the length of the elastic just right.
We can fix that! The style of ear saver below is perfect for cloth masks. The large fingers have plenty of space for the elastic.
The longer “fingers” are shorter now. This equates to more comfort for the wearer.
I’ve given several to moms standing in the school pick-up line when I see their face mask slip, and they’ve all told me it makes their mask fits so much better with it. No one wants to be putting their hands to their face to adjust a slipping mask!
The version below, without the center bulk, allows crafters who are cutting hundreds for essential workers to conserve material.
Many more can fit on one mat, so you can save money on materials.
They are also thinner and lighter, so less obtrusive to wear.
This version has a small space for a logo or personalization if you choose, and doesn’t take up any more space on the cutting mat.
See how 21 ear savers, of different styles, fit on the placemat below?
You can download the new styles of ear savers from my Free Files Folder.
You can make ear savers with many types of plastic. Placemats are one of the best options.
For most of these materials, the cut will need to repeat anywhere from 5 to 18 times. It’s very important that you do a test cut of just ONE ear saver before you attempt a whole mat. I detail the process in this post about creating custom pressure settings.
It’s fastest to use the deep cut blade. Most materials work with the regular fine point blade as well.
Recycled materials are the thickest and often require the deep cut blade plus many cuts.
✨ Looking for more information about how to make your own ear savers? 👂😷
👉 Step-by-step tutorial on cutting plastic ear savers with a Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Maker, or Cricut Joy (with free SVGs)
👉 How to create custom pressure settings in Cricut’s Design Space
👉 Learn how to add your own logo or text to an ear saver in Cricut Design Space
👉 Read inspiring stories from people donating ear savers
👉 Include an illustrated card on how to use ear savers with your donations or homemade face masks
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Ready to download the new ear saver SVG files? Head over to the 📂Free Files Folder and enter the ✨ magic word. ✨ (If you don’t have the magic word, just fill in the form below first.)
Your ear saver file looks great!
Thanks! There have been a few different versions, each better than the previous ones. I’ve concentrated on always making them smooth to cut!
Sandy Ritchie says
I’ve used the first version of the ear savers and have probably made close to 500 so far! Can’t wait to try this new version!