Ok guys…am I late to the party on this one? A diy face mask tutorial? In the face of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 you’d have to be living under a rock to not know about the need for face masks, am I right?
Now as I write this there are several different styles and patterns from which to work from. If you’re handy with a sewing machine and you’d like to find a way to craft your own masks to wear in the public sector, read on!
I’ve also managed to create a printable pattern which you can download and use right away from my resource library – see bottom of post to get access 😊
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I do want to be clear upfront; I was actually given this mask to wear in public. My mom made it and since I don’t sew (well, other than a few little attempts here and there, like this one…) So I don’t want to take credit for something I didn’t actually make, but upoin examining the design for this mask, I was able to figure out how it was done!
So the two essential things you’ll need are some fabric and a means of stitching it – whether it be a machine, or you could hand-sew it too since it’s not a cumbersome design.
Here is my mask , what it looks like when untied and spread out to examine closely. I have provided the measurements right on the image. I really think I could replicate it if I wanted – and you could, too! The design is less ambitious than this curtain here 😄 . In the center are the two center pleats which I understand help it conform to the shape of your face.
I would cut your length of fabric one half an inch longer and wider than the measurements given so the hemline around the perimeter can be hemmed down. in the front. The top and bottom hems should be open on the sides so you can thread through it a ribbon or cord for tying back.
The center pleats which are half an inch wide, both of them, means you may want to add an inch to the overall fabric length.
Here is what the mask looks like on the inside, you can see how the center pleats look; notice how they are each half-inch tucks that are sewn down:
Here is a picture of me “modeling” the mask. The tie parts are elastic, so when I tied each cord length in a bow, I attached the wide bottom part under my chin and the strap kinda goes below your ears. Then I pull the top part with the thinner cord over.
I’m not a real Minolta monkey so apologies for how amateurish this picture looks. If you look closely you can see my reflection (holding my phone, trying to get a good angle…😣) in the mirror from the back and see how the ties look.
Here’s how it looks from the side and the front, hope these pictures help too …
It does take some getting used to , going out in public, remembering to strap the wider band on first and then the thin one (and always remembering to carry it with me so I don’t forget!) although I don’t feel discomfort where my ears are concerned. So if that part has stopped you from diy-ing a mask, you may like this design.
Well that’s pretty much it, I hope all of you are staying safe and doing well in spite of what’s going on in this crazy chaotic state of affairs! Drop me a line if you think this pattern and tutorial is helpful or if I need to clarify anything.
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Good luck and may you find peace in these uncertain times.