The “Set” Face Mask Pattern
— National Picnic

The “Set” Face Mask Pattern — National Picnic

Below is the mask we put in our packages that you may make yourself with instructions listed below.

Package clarification: We do not *offer *packages, you may have heard some false information by word of mouth. We provide all of our pre-cut packages to our group to sew and donate. We need all of our sets to go toward that effort. There are no extra sets to sell. Check out the how-to listed below for getting your own supplies and workflow.

Update: This pattern is updated from the first version– we no longer stitch the bottom opening shut, so people can place whatever filter product they require as they choose. We “serge” the bottom raw edge of each square before assembly. No serger? Just skip it, it must be great simply leaving it raw, it folds in anyhow.

Missing out on something? Replacement materials:Ties work: Without flexible, you can replace 4 18″ long pieces of ribbon, shoelace, parachute cord, or stitch tubes to make narrow strips for finished straps. Ties really work extremely well, however in bulk need significantly longer amounts of material and might tangle in the wash. The wire we use is the twist tie or garden wire that is plastic layered and available from a hardware shop in small bundles, a lot of included a cutter right on the bundle. You can use pipe cleaners or bread bag ties too. Or, leave the wire out if it’s a personal mask. Masks contributed to healthcare facilities though should consist of some type of wire if at all possible. Material can be a pillowcase or sheet, or recycled cotton from cut up shirts.

Target and or Walmart sell shoelaces, bedlinens and garden wire, some even have thread and material.

The objective of THIS pattern:

To make a pattern that could be distributed to a group of individuals, to stitch on their own at varying degrees of ability, with the finest possibility of fitting faces generally, even when sewn with differing degrees of joint precision (extremely essential). To stitch as numerous masks as possible successfully with our team’s skill level and equipment/materials at hand, in the least quantity of time.


As helpful as material masks might show to be during this pandemic, they would be turned down by the medical neighborhood under regular scenarios. They are a last option item, in a world experiencing last resort requirements.

I am not able to evaluate purification rates, effectiveness … nothing. I can’t see what fabric you’ll be utilizing if you make your own. Substituting one of these masks into your work environment without the approval of your facility employer or greatest authority may still get you fired. So do your homework and know when and where it could be appropriate for you use them in your individual situation.

I make no claims about my masks avoiding the transmission of any infection in any capability.

Let’s Begin:

I’m working with a modified pleat-style mask that is an amalgam of lots of typical patterns and measurements on the internet, and tweaking them to fit my own techniques, devices, and supplies.

Why I like THIS mask pattern:

9×9″ of fabric covers a LOT of face.

Elastic needs less resources per mask. Ties would require 18″x4 simply for one mask.

It’s square. Great because 1) Zero material waste between a grid of squares that can be cut rapidly and quickly. 2) Makers can’t screw up the orientation, every side is equal.

Best beginning off pointers:

Make ONE and test that one on a large face and a small face. See why …

My spouse tried out this mask that fit me completely. Wow. That’s not what his ears normally look like! I really believe this may be a glaring oversight of the movement. Legions of women may be making masks to fit their own smaller sized faces. Check the fit on large faces, too! (Also, this earlier mask was made with 1/4 inch flexible, not ideal.)

1/8″ flexible has the most convenient stretch. Elastics can vary considerably. If you need to work with what you got, make sure you test the very first one in case it isn’t fitting properly. Longer flexible can always be snipped and tied smaller sized. Too short flexible, can’t be extended. Err on the looser side.

Comment with any concerns and I’ll examine. Please be client with the quality of images and video, they are finished with the interest of getting things up ASAP. I’m doing the most I can with hours that seem to be passing too rapidly. I did handle to get the pleat video made!

Note it’s a 9×9 inch square mask. To utilize the pdf as a pattern, you will require to tile print it at 100%.
If you do not comprehend the pleat instructions on page three, I have actually put a video at the bottom of this page.


Material: I am utilizing surplus quilter’s weight material and comparable weight organic cotton sheeting. Some home stitching devices might gag on the pleats– use new, sharp, strong needles.

1/8″ elastic.

Twistie tie: Mine was laying around my house, no brand. I’ve because discovered more at Ace Hardware.

Here is a video aid for the last pleat making phase, which is difficult to describe on just a paper pattern:

This content was originally published here.

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