Now that even unvaccinated holdouts won't need to cover noses and mouths in public (though they should), we offer ways to repurpose your face mask collection.
Masking up still makes sense for some people in some places as Covid remains a risk while apparently in retreat, but the governor lifts that requirement as of next Tuesday. So keep a couple handy, at least for flu season. And consider these 16 crafty alternative uses as a post-pandemic display of freedom, a declaration of facial liberation or just a whimsical sequel to a stone-cold serious year and a half. (Some require sewing.)
♦ Sleep mask
♦ Change purse
♦ Cat or dog bowtie
♦ Jeans or jacket patches
♦ Vehicle headrest dust covers
♦ Knuckle protector while grating
♦ Coffeemaker filters
♦ Violin or viola chin rest
♦ Quilt-style scarf, shawl, religious skullcap (yarmulke or taqiyah)
♦ Strap-on ice holder for sore wrist, knee, bicep
♦ Decorative collar for clay pots and vases
♦ Holiday ornament for mantel or tree (video how-to)
♦ Gift bows
♦ Doll clothes (bonnet, skirt, shawl, sash, diaper)
♦ Sachet packets for drawers, closets
♦ Dogwalk single-use poop pouches
• "You forgot string bikinis."
• "Where is 'wear out in public if you have cold or flu symptoms?'"