with thanks to Clayton Skousen & Rose Hedges for this guide.
In recent times the practice of wearing face masks is becoming more common. We are even seeing people wearing some lovely homemade coloured ones. If you like me are a total sewing novice- I haven’t touched a sewing machine since my Junior Cert circa 2003! These masks are very comfortable, provide good face coverage and were mush easier to make than the finished product looks.
• Cotton Weave Fabric (~1/2 yard is enough to make 2-3 masks)
• All-Purpose Thread
• Hair Ties (2) or Elastic (14 inches)
• Mask Template (available here)
1.Using the patterns, cut one of each shape. You will need six (6) total pieces.
Sew face 1 and face 2 together along side 3.
2. Sew mouth 1 and mouth 2 together along side 3.
3. On mouth 1 and mouth 2 sew fold side 5 over 1/4 inch and sew down.
4. On cheek 1 and cheek 2 fold side 6 over 1/4 inch and sew down.
5. Match cheek 1 and mouth 1 at the dotted line (7). Sew a 1-inch tack at side 1 and side 2 where the two pieces overlap. and repeat for cheek 2 and mouth 2.
6. Pin the fronts of the fabric facing each other. You might not have to do this if you have steadier sewing skills than me !
7. With the fronts of the fabric facing each other, sew along the entire perimeter of the mask.
8. Use one of the slits between the mouth and the cheek to turn the mask right side out.
9. Add a hair tie ( actually very comfy) or elastic to each side by folding the fabric on the end of the mask over the tie and sew down.
Your finished mask should look something like this.