Face Masks & Co. Other Tutorials

Clever Hack against Sore Ears

If your face mask has elastic bands for behing the ears you might know the feeling of sore ears after wearing the mask for a while. There’s a clever little lifehack that will help you get rid of this unpleasant side effect of wearing a mask. Here comes the ear saver.


  • 7cm piece of polyester girth
  • 2 buttons
  • needle
  • thread
  • scissors
  • matches or lighter

How to make it

Melt the ends of the girth a little to prevent fringing.

Sew a button on each end.

Place the ear saver as shown in the pictures and enjoy not having sore ears;-)

Don’t have a face mask yet? Check out this one for example!

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  1. What is polyester girth and where do you buy it?

    1. Petra says:

      Hey, here’s a picture: https://www.vtc.cz/en/product/23020/girth-polyester-20-mm – I buy it at a haberdashery or the fabric store. You use other materials as well or even a piece of heavy weight fabric (you can sew several stripes of fabric together). Literally any material that’s solid enough to hold the shape and soft enough to put a needle through it.

  2. Margo says:

    Very nice idea! I will add it to the facemask I’m making. Nurses have commented, too, about ear fatigue.

    1. Petra says:

      Hey Margo,
      such a little thing and it’s a lifesaver! I probably wouldn’t get my kids to wear a face mask without it!

  3. Marian M. says:

    This can also be handy for those of us who wear over-the-ear hearing aids. It can be difficult to remove over the ear face masks without dislodging the hearing aids.

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