Face Masks & Co. Other Tutorials

Ear saver

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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