Hit the first link below. It will come right up on your computer. Print it, then hit the second link below and print that.
Then tape the two copies together.
Materials & Supplies:
100 % cotton fabric 15 1/4 inches by 8 1/2 inches. The mask can be cut from discarded clothing.
Filter – any filter material such as cotton knit or a coffee filter, 6 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches.
Thread – If using a solid color, consider using a color that contrasts with the fabric’s color that is used to make the mask.
6 inch pipe cleaner, or other wire to act as a nose grip.
Elastic – 14 inches long, 1/4 inch wide.
Substitutions: ribbed 1/2 inch wide elastic cut down its center length, or two lengths of 1/8 inch wide elastic. Strings can be sewn instead to tie around the head.
Scissors, ruler, pins, needle, thimble.
Prepare the pattern
1. Because the pattern is 15 inches long, one prints both copies of these two PDF mask patterns (see links above), then tapes the two copies together.
Fold the pattern to understand how the mask is sewn
1. Fold the side seams (diagram 2).
2. Double fold the casement at the top of the mask: fold under the first, then the second 3/4 inch fold.
3. Fold the filter opening’s fold under 1/2 inch.
4. Fold the pattern to see how the mask will be when it is sewn (diagram 3).
Note: The industry’s designing departments often fold patterns to check their accuracy.
Cut the mask
1. Lay the pattern over a piece of 100% cotton fabric. Align the pattern so that the straight-grain arrow is parallel with the selvage of the fabric. The pattern can be laid against the selvage, as shown in diagram 4.
Selvage is a natural seam finish. High-end garments often are cut with their straight-grain seams cut against the selvage.
2. Cut the mask.
Sew the elastic to the mask
1. Cut two pieces of 1/4 inch wide elastic, each 7 inches long .
Note: This post shows two pieces of 1/8 inch elastic being substituted for one piece of 1/4 inch elastic.
2. Cut thread at least 20 inches long. Thread both ends through a hand needle.
3. Sew the elastic to the face of the fabric at the V-notches (diagram 5).
Note: Sew the first stitch as a Why Knot, to more easily lock the thread into the fabric (diagram 6).
Fold the mask’s seams
1. Fold, then pin the sides’ 1/2 inch seam allowances (photo 7).
Cut, then check the filter
1. Cut the filter 6 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches.
Prepare the casement
Hand sew across the bottom of the casement with double threads (photo 10).
Prepare to insert the (nose grip) pipe cleaner
2. Bend back each end of the 6 inch pipe cleaner to prevent the pipe cleaner from poking through the mask and irritating the nose (photo 11).
3. Fold the mask in half lengthwise
Insert the pipe cleaner
1. Hand sew a stop for the (nose grip) pipe cleaner at the first pin mark. Reinforce with extra stitching (photo 13).
Pleat the mask
1. On the front of the mask either pin or pencil mark the pleats’ notches that are printed on the pattern (photo 15).
2. With the front of the mask up, pin the pleats in place so they fold down (photo 16).
3. Hand sew the pleated sides through all plies of fabric (photo 17).
Note: The many plies of fabric make this seam hard to hand sew. Pliers can be used to help pull the needle out of the fabric.
4. Insert the filter.
Put on your mask!
It’s ready to wear
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