By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Face masks are in high demand and supplies are low. This pattern creates a homemade mask that is based on the disposable surgical mask. The CDC recommends a N95 filtration mask to fight the coronavirus. These masks are NOT a substitute for those masks. However, since supplies are low, homemade masks are being used for personal protective equipment. Additionally, if you need to go outside, wearing your own mask will remind you not to touch your face. Made of 100% cotton, these masks can be thrown into the washing machine to re-sterilize.
These masks will need to be sanitized so wash the fabric (and of course your hands) before beginning this project.
Cut a 9” x 7” rectangle out of two pieces of fabric.
Cut two pieces of elastic 7” long
NOTE: If you don’t have elastic you can cut large hair bands to make substitute strips.
Pin ends of elastic to shorter sides of one rectangle. Place the elastic so the strip faces the center. Pin ends 1/2” from the edge.
Pin the second piece of fabric on top of the first. The front sides of the fabrics are facing one another and the elastic strips will be facing inward. Sew along the edge of the fabric with a 3/8” seam allowance. Leave a 3” opening to turn the mask right side out.
Pin opening closed. Sew around the border of mask with a 3/8” seam allowance.
Fold the mask into thirds to make pleats. By folding down half an inch, each pleat takes up an inch of fabric. Pin pleats into place.
The pleats allow the masks to expand when worn.
Iron pleats into place.
Again, these masks are not medical grade facial masks. But they are still in high demand. Contact your local hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores and other essential services to see if they would like some donated masks. Searching on Facebook I found several groups in my neighborhood asking for some.
Optional add on:
A nurse friend suggested I add a pipe cleaner to the nose area to help tighten the fit. To do this, cut a section of pipe cleaner 3” long.
After turning the mask right side out, place the pipe cleaner inside along the top in the center. Pin into place.
Sew along edges as instructed above. Sew around the pipe cleaner. You are making a little rectangle to hold it in place.
With the pipe cleaner secured, now the mask can be pinched up top to create a tighter fit.
Stay healthy, stay safe and craft on!