Today I’m gonna be showing you how to make medical face masks. These literally could not be any easier.
Now I want to point out before we start the tutorial that these are not a substitution for the n95 masks that everyone is talking about right now. However from what I understand they are being used by nurses and doctors that are serving in other areas of the hospital to help keep them safe.
You can also use them on a patient’s. If you have someone at home who is sick with the flu or a cold, they will keep them from coughing out little droplets all over the place.
They’ve got of course the elastic bands to hook around your ears .They take about five or so minutes to make one of these.
They’re really really fast so if you had a lot of pieces cut out you could literally whip out dozens of these in a relatively short period of time.
If you are going to make these for donation, I believe they’re asking that you use a tightly woven fabric kind of helps the spread of anything getting through the mask
and also to keep in mind that both men and women are wearing them.
Alright let’s go ahead and get started with the tutorial so for this project you’re gonna need three pieces of fabric. Mine are 6 inches by 9 inches and I’ve got a cotton quilting fabric. I’ve got a piece of flannel for the middle layer and then I’ve got another piece of cotton quilt fabric
and then you’re going to need two pieces of elastic which is 1/8 inch by 7 inches long.
I’ve heard a couple things on these elastics. Some people say the thinner the better because it’s a little bit more comfortable . That’s probably true.
You’ll also need some pins or kind of wonder Clips and probably a pair of scissors or a rotary trimmer.
Let’s go ahead and get started so I’m going to take the flannel piece and just lay it down. I’m going to take the outside fabric so that it is right side up and just line it right on top of that.
just so that it’s all nice and straight then take one of our elastic pieces and I’m going to pin or clip it about 1/2 an inch down.
just making sure you don’t twist elastic bands or anything.
Next I’m going to take the lining fabric and place it right side down on top of all of that and we’re going to reclip everything.
Making sure that we still have our little bits of elastic. the elastic might be kind of pulling just a little bit. That’s okay.
Alright the next thing we’re going to do is take this over to our sewing machine. I’m going to leave a hole on one side of the mask about two-and-a-half inches wide.
You’re going to sew starting at right hand thumb and stop at my right hand index finger.
Make sure you back stitch at your stops and starts at the edge of the hole and then double stitch over where these elastic bands are , just because they will have some tension on them
Now when you get to corners just leave your needle in the down position and raise your presser foot, twist it around and keep sewing. just make sure that your little strap is out of the way and you don’t sew through it .
After sewing, we’re gonna go ahead now and turn our face masks out. If you’d like, you can kind of clip corners off just a little bit. It’ll kind of help everything turn out a little bit better .
just don’t clip through your stitch line and you’ll be good to go and then we can just carefully turn our mask right-side out. You can use your fingers to kind of push out these corners
and you can use a pencil or a pin cap or anything that’s semi pointy and just kind of help get those corners turned out a little bit nicer.
Don’t push too hard obviously so you don’t push through your fabric but just get it nice and turned out
and then I’m going to grab my iron. We’re gonna press this a little bit.
This opening will get closed up in just a minute but we’re gonna finger press it right now and press it with our iron so just keep track of which side your opening is on then
I’m gonna grab my iron and just kind of press those so they’re nice and straight. The next thing I’m going to do is take this mask and just fold it down so I have about like a quarter of an inch where a little bit more overlapped
and I’m just going to put a clip on both sides to hold it in place so it’s even
and then we’re gonna do that one more time. I’m gonna make sure they’re going the same way. I’m also just going to press it really quick with the iron in between to help things lay nicely.
and now we’re going to take the clips back over to our sewing machine and we’re just going to sew all the way around the edge.
It’ll keep the creases in place. it also will close up our opening and then we’ll be done with our mask.
Here is our finished mass. That might have been looking kind of small to you but then when you pull up these creases, it obviously gets large enough to cover your entire face.
Source: Erica Arndt
What others said about this mask on social media ?
Dolly Wolgast said We need these so bad. Our hospital is running out of mask. Here in Er it’s horrible. Thank you for helping the community. Your so wonderful.
Cindy Rasmussen said I’m a nurse and we were thinking if need be we could wear these over our N95 mask and take them off after patient contact and donn a new fabric mask over the top again. This would prolong the use of the N95 masks. We would deposit the fabric masks throughout the day in a bio-hazard bag for laundering. We’d go through a lot, but they would be re-usable!
Marvin Elder said My wife is starting to make some today. Her niece was making some and gave her a heads up on where to look for tutorial. We were just in fabric shop in central Illinois yesterday and ICU nurse was in there buying material for that purpose. They say you can sew pipe cleaners into the area around your nose. Thanks for the tutorial.
Natalia Aveni said I am making 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 square. Bottom and top (cut 12” pipe cleaner in half, bending ends) , insert pipe cleaner inside top fold. Make 3 pleats on sides, insert elastic in beginning and end of your stitch ( 7”) and it’s ready. I made 200 today for hospital donation
Lynn Busby said Recommendation: before top stitching, put a small wire (bread tie, unbent paper clip, pipe cleaner, floral wire 3-4″long ) down close to the original seam (the 1/4″ seam allowance without pressing it open leaves a channel) then “stitch in the ditch” close to the wire so that it is sealed between the original seam and the top stitch around it. Existing masks can be “retrofitted” with this method. The wire improves the mask to make it easier to breath through, fit more comfortably, and seal out more germs.