Wearing masks to protect yourself from the COVID-19 Virus is strongly suggested by many. Even now many stores require customers to wear a mask in order to make purchases. If you do not already have a hygienic face mask, there is no reason to rush out to the stores and search for such face coverings. Instead, use items you have in your home to make stylish and easy face masks to wear whenever the need may arise.
–2 pieces of cotton cut 10” wide 7” tall
–4 straps 2” by 20”
-Thread (color of your choice)
-Fabric Pencil (optional)
Step 1: Choose the fabric for your mask. You will only need about a half yard, so this project is great to do with scrap fabric around the house. Cotton is a breathable fabric and the elasticity of this material makes it comfortable to wear. An old t-shirt, leggings, or scarfs are typically great material for the face mask.
Step 2: Cut the fabric into 2 rectangles measured 10” wide and 7” tall. Then cut 4 long strips of fabric measured 2” tall and 20” long.
Step 3: Take one of the four strips of fabric. Fold the strip in half then iron along the crease. Then fold the fabric in half again and iron. The strip now should be folded to ½ inch by 20” long. Do this same process to the remaining 3 strips.
Step 4: Once the strap is folded, sew one line down the center of the ½ inch strip. Repeat sewing down the middle of the three remaining strips (which are folded to be 1/2 “ by 20”).
Step 5: Place one of the 10” by 7” pieces of fabric on your workspace, right side up.
Step 6: Place an end of the sewn fabric strips to each corner of the 10” by 7” piece.
Step 7: Take the other 10” by 7” piece and place it right side down on top of the strips of fabric.
Step 8: Pin the two pieces of fabric and the four strips of fabric together. Each end of the strips should be pinned to the corners of the 10” by 7” pieces and sandwiched in between the two larger pieces.
Step 9: Sew along the outside of the 10” by 7” fabric rectangle (with the straps inside). Leave about a 2 inch hole unsewn to flit the fabric right side out.
Step 10: Pull the ends of the fabric strips out from the inside of the 10” by 7” rectangle. The mask will naturally turn inside out when the fabric strips are pulled out fully.
Step 11: Iron the edges of the right side out face mask, then sew along the outside edge. If you would like to leave the opening to add a filter, make sure to avoid sewing over that open spot.
Step 12: To create pleats in your face mask, fold over your face mask about two inches and pin each side. Do two more folds and pin each one. If you have glass sewing pins, you can iron the creases in the mask.