DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender

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June 25, 2020

DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender - view from the backThese straps for your masks are great for many reasons. They relieve heavy strain on your ears from the mask loops pulling on them. They make your masks fit your face much better. They are also great for a little colour pop, working as accessories to potentially match with your outfits. :) I have made these in many colours and styles, using different fabrics and button shapes. I live in an extremely high COVID-19 rate area and always have my mask on.


I like using felt because it has a bit of stretch to it while remaining very sturdy. I also love that they come in a variety of vibrant colours.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 strap


  • 1 piece of felt
  • scissors
  • 2 buttons
  • needle and thread
DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender - supplies


  1. Put on your mask and pull on the straps to see where good endpoints would be for your strap. 3.5 inches was perfect for mine.
  2. DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender - rectangle of blue felt
  3. Sew a button on the end of the strap, just the same as you would put a button on a shirt or trousers. Thread through the felt and through the holes of the button several times, then wrap the thread under the button several times. Pull the needle and thread through the underside of the felt, then knot it a few times.
  4. DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender - sewing on a button

  5. Repeat with the other button on the other end of the strap.
  6. DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender - button on each end
  7. Put your mask on as usual, then hold the strap behind your head. Pull on the straps, one at a time, and secure around each button.
  8. DIY Ear Saver and Mask Extender - view of extender from the side of her head
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