How to Make a Face Mask – TrendingLots

This is Mary from jo-ann’s craft team here to show you how you can make this mask if you’re looking for a way to help your community while you’re at home to make your mask you will need cotton fabric lightweight fusible interfacing quarter inch knit elastic a pencil scissors ruler and piece of paper to make your pattern and of course basic sewing supplies like a sewing machine thread and pin okay to make my pattern I’m going to start by marking nine inches along the bottom of my paper from that nine inches I’m going to go ahead and measure up six and then I’m going to go ahead and mark this bottom 9-inch edge as being cut on the fold if you’re making these mess out of scraps of fabric and your fabric is less than twelve by nine inches you are going to want to go ahead and add an extra quarter of an inch along this length here so that you can cut out of two pieces of fabric now I’m going to go ahead I’m going to use a quarter inch seam allowance so I’m going to mark that as well and this is going to help me mark where my pleats need to be so there’s my quarter of an inch seam allowance along that side and now it’s time to start marking my pleats so I’m going to take my ruler and I’m going to line the eighth of an inch line up with my quarter inch seam allowance line and this is going to give me the most evenly spaced pleats in the easiest way possible so now I’m going to go ahead and mark the center points of my pleat so this is the point that is folded outward so I’m going to mark at one and a half inches then again at three inches and again at four and a half inches these are going to be 1/2 inch pleats some also going to go ahead and mark with a dashed line where the rest of the fabric for my pleat is going to take up so I’m going to mark out 1-inch and again at two inches two and a half three and a half four and five then I’m going to go ahead over to the opposite side of my mask and Mark those same points along this edge working from this seam allowance edge down so that my pleats match on both sides okay now that I have my finished pattern it’s time to cut out my fabric so I’m going to go ahead and place this pattern on the fold of my fabric and go ahead and cut out one I’ll also need to go ahead and cut out the same piece out of my interfacing so now I have my interfacing applied to the wrong side of my cotton fabric and I’ve got ahead and folded it right sides together in half this way so that I have a 9-inch edge here and six inch edge here before I start sewing I’m also going to need to cut two pieces of elastic seven inches long each I’m gonna go ahead and pin my project I’m a so along this edge first and I’m going to want to leave a section about two and a half three inches long that is not sewn so I’m going to mark those first and I like to put two pins together just as a reminder that I’m supposed to do something different there okay let’s go take this and sew it okay now that I have my edge sewn here with my open space in the center to turn it right-side out I’m going to go ahead and place my elastic in so place it in each end and tuck in the corner but just a little bit poking out there and you can go ahead and pin this into place and then go ahead make sure your elastic isn’t twisted and repeat in this top corner and then again on the other side okay so now that my elastic is pinned into place I can go ahead and sew across both sides and I’ll want to make sure that I’m back stitching really well across this elastic so it’s secured in there okay both ends are securely sewn with my elastic caught inside so now I can go ahead and turn this right side up now I’m gonna go ahead and take this over to my ironing board give it a good press and tuck in the seam allowance on the part that I’m going to need to shut closed my mask is pressed it’s time to go ahead and mark my pleats using my pattern so I’m lining up my seam allowance line and my folded line here and I’m going to go ahead and mark the center of the pleat I’m also going to go ahead and mark the bottom of each plate so in general I’m going to fold at that center point and then fold again at that bottom point and that’s going to make up my pleat so I’m going to go ahead and pin that into place so I’m going to take this bottom pleat and fold it up and then mark it so from the side here you’re going to want these pleats to kind of nest together so that you’re not accumulating too much bulk here and then go ahead and fold that last pleat everything nests together so I have three pleats there in the center and I’m going to go ahead and repeat on this side now that my plates are all marked I’m going to go ahead and sew around the entire perimeter of my mask and that’s going to go ahead and catch those pleats and sew them flat and also close up my opening down here so now that I’ve sewn around all sides and removed my pins I have my finished face mask

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