I made and donated cloth masks through a Facebook group that I joined when the pandemic started.
If we have to wear masks why not be fun ?! There are all types of masks – some with nose pieces, some with filter bags, some with sleeves, some medical grade.
These are very simple – perfect for a quick trip to the (hopefully not overcrowded) grocery store.
What you will need:
- 2 pieces of tightly woven 100% cotton fabric, cut to 6 x 9 inches (adult size) or 7½ x 5 inches (child size)
- 2 pieces of 1 / ₈ to ¼ inch elastic, cut to 7 inches long for adult mask and 5 inches long for child mask
- sewing machine
Stack the two pieces of fabric with the right sides together, making sure that all of the raw fabric edges are aligned.
Tuck one end of each elastic piece ½ inch under the raw edges at the top corners of the mask. Repeat with the other end of the elastic pieces ½ inch above the raw edges at the bottom of the mask.
Start with a ¼ inch seam on the outside of the mask, starting at the bottom. Leave a 2 to 3 inch opening at the bottom.
Cut off the corners and turn the mask right side out. Use a pencil or chopstick to pry out the seams in the four corners.
Press the mask with your iron; Align carefully and fold the fabric edges in the opening.
Measure two evenly spaced pleats (about 1 inch) on each side of the mask and pin them in place. Make sure that the folds point in the same direction.
Sew a ¼ inch seam along all sides of the mask to hold the pleats in place and close the small area of the open seam.
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