The supply of face masks was limited at my workplace, plus the one-size-fits-most adult size fits poorly on my smaller face, so I decided to try my hand at patterning and sewing my own fabric masks. The spring/summer conventions I’d planned to attend this year have been canceled, so I had no other looming projects on my plate anyways.
A homemade fabric mask does not replace a commercial mask. It may be better than nothing only when it is treated like a regular surgical mask (wash hands before putting on, no touching while wearing, one-time wear only & wash).
Basic materials needed:
– Fabric (non-stretch, high thread count cotton at least for the inside layer)
– Elastic (1/8″ width or whatever is comfortable)
– Nose piece (I used セットアップテープ from Japan, a poseable, washable, ironable plastic that can be cut with scissors)
– Pins, scissors, iron, etc.
I started with fabric cut to 6.5″ × 7.5″ (including seam allowances) and it makes a 5.75″ × 3.75″ finished mask for me.
Pre-wash and iron the fabric first.
1. Cut 2 on fabric, snip at the > < marks.
2. Iron in the pleats at the > < marks (with the lines/dashes, see diagram). The pleats face down on the right side of the fabric.
3. Sew the elastic ends to the right side of the shell (outer) layer on the inside of the top and bottom snip marks, about 1/8″ + seam allowance away from the edges.
4. Sew both fabric layers right sides together (wrong sides facing out), leaving a small opening at the bottom. Clip corners and trim seam allowances.
5. Turn fabric right-side out through the hole, iron the edges and pleats back in.
6. Insert the nose piece, pin in place. Pin pleats, then sew 0.25” away from the edge all the way around to secure nose piece and pleats.
7. Sew the bottom close.
When worn: (different mask but same pattern)