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Using every last bit of beautiful fabric pieces with TAVMasks

I realized a long time ago that I love making custom pieces for people.  This includes anything from helping finish off an already begun project, to creating new pieces from vintage gowns, to all styles of weddings and to making TAVMasks – made to order.

And then sometimes I just have pieces of fabric that will work well for one purpose, so I may as well whip up something so that folks who just want to buy what they see  can enjoy a TAV Creations original too…

So, without further ado…click on each for more details


EMAIL ME if you are interested !

And please check out the TAVMasks made to order page if you prefer solids or some other print options!

Client: I started this project… Me: Sure – bring it on over!

My elevator pitch used to be: ” I sew, I dance; I teach both.”

I have retired from performing and teaching dance< Belly and Bollywood>, but I still am lucky enough to be able to keep up the creativity with my sewing work.

Every once in a while, I am lucky enough to be able to assist another sewist in the completion of their projects that may have gotten away from them, their lives have become too busy, or whatever the reason…

Here’s the latest – and I love it – I want one for me now ! I don’t need one though… sigh…

TADA~ and yes, it will look better with a body inside and a bit of aging from laundering..

Click on the first thumbnail and hit the right arrow to go along for the journey!

So…. yes!
If you need help finishing a project, let me know and let’s co-create something amazing!

So, you already have a 2 layer mask….Now What?

If you decided early to go with a breathable fabric mask to reduce your impact on the environment and keep others safe – yay!

You may have purchased a Style 1E/1T TAVMask from me to help support an Ottawa based business, or you may have purchased from one of the many other awesome sewists who have been doing their part to try to help keep everyone a bit safer.

So, now it should be a 3 layer mask, but yours has no pocket to insert either a reusable or disposable filter!!!  And you have a few of them!!


TAVMask Shaped Filter Insert $8.

3 layers of fabric – 1 Organic cotton/ hemp blend for support; 1 layer polypropylene for filtering; 1 layer organic cotton sateen for comfort with support boning to gentle hold the mask away from your lips but still allow it to sit securely against your face.
Organic cotton side rests against the face for comfort.
Support in the centre added, creating that bit of space between the mouth and mask…
burgundy organic cotton/ hemp on the side that will settle into the two layer mask…Small size shown here.
All TAVMask sizes will be available. The Standard size and Small sizes are shown here.
standard size TAVMask with the filter insert in place

I now have receive and can provide the appropriate polypropylene, but there are some suggestions that may help you add your own filter in the meantime:

In September 2020 this article was published by the University of British Columbia and it suggests dry baby wipes work well..

and the latest from Canada.ca

Filters add an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 by trapping small infectious particles. Consider wearing a mask that includes a filter or filter material as one of its layers, such as:

non-woven polypropylene fabric, which can be found as:
a craft fabric
the non-woven fabric that’s used to make some reusable shopping bags
a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask
Reusable masks with a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily, and can be washed multiple times. Disposable filters should be changed daily or as directed by the manufacturer.