How To Sew a Face MaskWith the current worldwide pandemic which we are all experiencing, protecting ourselves and the people around us has become more crucial than ever. Part of protecting ourselves and others is taking precautionary measures such as social distancing, or wearing a mask. The use of face masks has also been recommended by regulatory health bodies around the world. As regular medical-grade masks are less accessible to the regular population, people have begun to sew reusable face masks, which they then sell or donate to others. This has allowed more people to feel safer when going out in public, and has created a wonderful sense of community around the globe. A sewing machine is highly recommended for this task, and if you’re interested in purchasing one then here is a resource that discusses the best sewing machine for beginners.
Getting StartedThere are several methods that can be used to sew your own face mask, and there are also options for masks that don’t require sewing, which can be found with a Google search. This article, however, will focus on the options which require sewing. A few key characteristics found in nearly all face masks are a filter, ear loops, and an adequate covering of the mouth and nose. Begin by gathering sewing supplies – whether it’s a sewing machine, or a more traditional needle and thread. Pull up a online template for a face mask, and follow along as needed. The basic steps for two types of face masks will be outlined in the next paragraph should you want to follow along with written instructions.
Face Mask Sewing Instructions
Mask Pattern #1:Obtain a square piece of fabric - this can be any type of material you have on hand, though cotton or silk have been proven to be most effective. Attach two pieces of elastic to the top corners and bottom corners of the fabric. These will create the ear loops. Turn the fabric sideways to ensure the ear loops are on the left and right sides, and create horizontal pleats in the fabric. From there, sew down the pleats along the outer edges of the mask. At this point, a filter can also be inserted for extra protection, or the mask can be left as is if the extra layer is not deemed to be necessary (though it is recommended). This filter can be made of a variety of materials, though commonly nylon stockings, or coffee filters are used.
Mask Pattern #2:Obtain two rectangular pieces of fabric (again, whatever fabric is available - preferably cotton or silk). Line them up and fold in half vertically, these will act as the front and back portions of the mask, between which the filter will be placed. Cut the top in a downwards sloping shape from the connected/folded portion towards the portion where the fabric can be opened. The top (or highest point) will act as the nose coverage. Your filter material should also be cut in the same way. Open the fabric back up and lay them out. Sew the front, filter, and back pieces of material together along the outer edges. Add two elastic bands on the left and right sides. This filter can be made of a variety of materials, though commonly nylon stockings, or coffee filters are used.
ConclusionHopefully, this article has helped you understand the basics of how to sew your own face mask, which you can use to protect yourself and others during these difficult times. Some more tips on how to sew a mask, you can find here. Spread the kindness to your friends, family, and community by sharing your newly acquired skill and offering face masks to others around you. If the cost of supplies is an issue, consider charging a small price for your masks, to ensure you can continue creating them as time goes on. Creating these face masks not only allows you to help your community, but also acts as a way to express your creativity and sewing skills. There are many different types of masks that can be sewn, from a variety of different fabrics which range in size, thickness, patterns, and colours. This act of service will not only potentially save lives, but can help add some colour and positivity to these difficult times.