DIY Easy Sew Face Mask Pattern
You guys have been asking for the pattern that I am using to sew face masks so I am sharing it with step photos here. I love this pattern because it is literally SO EASY. One of the great things about it is that the whole family can jump in and help. Cutting fabric into rectangles isn’t too hard and neither is measuring elastic and cutting it. That creates two great jobs for your helpers.
Materials Needed to make a DIY Easy Sew Face Mask
To make each mask you will need the following materials and supplies:
I used oly*fun from Fairfield World in this tutorial. If you are wondering if Oly-fun is the same material that is used in hospital masks, the answer is… Sort-of. Oly-fun polypropylene non-woven material can be used for a variety of projects. As a non-woven it is similar to the material used in surgical masks, however, Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities. Most commercially manufactured surgical masks are made of 3-ply 25GSM non-woven, whereas Oly*fun is 65GSM. Commercially made masks often include an additional filtration barrier.
Steps to make a DIY Easy Sew Face Mask
Start by cutting your two rectangles
Sew them together around the edge.
Fold three pleats in the mask and pin in place. Sew down the two sides to secure them in place.
Fold a long strip over the top of the mask (in the center) and pin it then sew it from one end to the other, stitching it to the mask through the center area. Do the same on the bottom of the mask.
If you would prefer to use elastic, Pin the two pieces to a fabric rectangle.
Add the other rectangle on top and pin in place.
Sew around the edge leaving an opening to flip the mask. Remove the pins and sew the opening closed then follow the same pleat steps as above.
Oly*fun can be sewn to create mask filters too.
***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***
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