Mask Design and Making Instructions
Instructions for FABRIC Homemade Face Mask (with elastic)
Materials needed (with elastic)
- Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
- Fabric must be newly purchased within approximately the past year and never used.
- Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
- Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic if ¼” is unavailable. Some have used wider flat elastic and cut it in half with some success).
One adult mask requires two (2) 9”x6” pieces tight-weave cotton and two 7” pieces of 1/4 inch elastic. Therefore, one yard of 44” wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 7.5 yards of elastic for 25 masks (14 inches per mask).
You can make two sizes: Adult or Child. Adult-sized masks will be the greatest need.
- Put right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
- Cut 9×6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)
- Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
- Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
- Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.
- Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
- Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
- Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
- Sew around the edge of the mask twice.
HOW TO MAKE A CLOTH RESPIRATOR MASK – Good Housekeeping Magazine Website
“We worked with Amanda Perna, fashion designer and Project Runway alum, who started sewing face masks after she had to temporarily close her fashion studio due to the coronavirus outbreak. Amanda has been working tirelessly to make as many masks as possible and recruiting seamstresses to join her efforts. We also reached out to some of our top-tested cotton sheet brands like Parachute, Brooklinen, Gryphon, Garnet Hill, Cuddledown, and Authenticity50, and they have generously committed to sending her fabric.
Here is Amanda’s step-by-step guide to sewing medical face masks, including a template you can print at home:
- Print pattern
- Cut pattern out
- Use pattern to cut 2 cotton fabric pieces
- Use pattern to cut 2 interfacing pieces (MUST be nonwoven)
- Place cut fabric with front sides together
- Place both layers of the interfacing together on top of fabric (on the back side of fabric)
- Sew top 9” seam (2.5-3 stitch length is best) with ¼” seam allowance
- Flip open with front side of fabric up
- Press seam flat to one side
- Insert metal piece along seam between the 2 pieces of fabric
- Stitch ½” rectangle that is indicated at top of pattern (with wrong sides together) to secure metal piece
- Flip back to right sides together, stitch bottom 9” seam
- Flip back to right side out and press bottom seam
- Use pattern to help mark pleats. Pleat the 3 pleats all in the same direction, put a pin to keep them in place
- Cut binding tape at 36” per side
- Find the center point of the binding and the center point of the mask and pin the binding on the mask with the mask sandwiched between the binding
- Sew binding
- Repeat on the other side of the mask
- Press pleats
- Finally, pat yourself on the back, because you are making a difference!”
Check out the video above to see Amanda’s step-by-step instructions in action – at https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a31902442/how-to-make-medical-face-masks/.
WHAT MATERIALS CAN YOU USE FOR THE MASK
JOANN stores are donating precut fabric to anyone who wants to make masks. All 860 stores will be offering the materials in their classrooms with sewing machines, which the company says will follow social distancing recommendations. You can also call the store to have the supplies brought out to your car for curbside pickup if you have a sewing machine at home and prefer to not enter the store.
In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center wants two-sided cotton masks with or without elastic; in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System requests tightly woven cotton on one side and a softer fabric on the other.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN REUSABLE ELASTOMERIC RESPIRATOR MASK
(from Harvard Medical School & Children’s Hospital, Boston)
This method requires at least 2 items that are available only in medical supply stores or online.