For making your own fabric face mask at home you will need:
- Needle and thread
- Pins or clips to carry fabrics in place
- At least twenty by twenty inches of hundred % cotton fabric, similar to a flat tea towel
- Four strips of cotton fabric for ties, about 18” long and ¾” broad
Choose your piece of cotton fabric, prewash it on the warmest setting and dry it on excessive heat.
To make the base of your mask, fold the fabric in half. Measure and cut out a nine and a half inches by six and a half inches rectangle to create 2 identically sized layers.
Now it’s on to the material ties.
Cut Four thin pieces of fabric, about 18” lengthy and ¾” broad. Fold each and every piece of material twice lengthwise, then once more to tuck the rough edges inside. Sew a straight line alongside the middle. This will prevent the material ties from having frayed edges.
Take one of your rectangular fabric layers. With the “right side” dealing with you, pin down the Four fabric ties, one piece per corner. Make sure that the ties are gathered in the middle of the material layer before advancing to the next step.
Attach elastics to the primary layer of material by securing the ends on the corners, forming little hoops. Make sure the elastic lies contained in the perimeter of your cloth.
Take the second layer of material and line it up with the primary. The “right sides” of the material need to be facing each other, sandwiching the material ties or elastics. Secure the material sandwich along with pins.
Eyeball a halfway level. From the center, sew a straight line throughout the masks, about ¼” above the bottom edge of the material, towards the bottom left-hand corner. Remove any pins as you sew past them.
Make sure that the elastic or material ties are secured in the corners, sandwiched by your two layers of material, as you sew over their ends. You want to ensure your needle goes via the 3 items: the bottom layer, the end of the fabric tie, and the top layer. Add a pair stitches forward and backward to save your ties in place.
Stitch throughout the perimeter of the fabric layers, to save all of the elastic ends or material ties, repeating the forward and backward movement at each corner.
Continue to stitch your way towards the starting point, however, stop to permit for a 1 ½” gap.
Turn your project right-side-out from the little one and a half inches gap. Your fabric ties or elastics should now stick out, like little legs.
To help the mask conform to the wearer’s face. Make 3 staggered pleats lengthwise on the mask, as if folding a paper fan. Secure every pleat with pins.
With your pleats held in place by pins, stitch across the perimeter of the mask, one by fourth inches away from the edge of the seam. This is known as a topstitch. Take care when stitching over the pleats as the material could also be quite thick.
To stitch a second time around, about ¼” in from the primary round of stitching. Now you have an accomplished mask.
Next up? Learning to wear a mask accurately is important. Many people pull them aside, hampering their impact, and also air can get in easily across the edges.