April 03, 2020

DIY Protective Face Mask Tutorial

As the Covid-19 continues to spread throughout the world, shortages of personal protective equipment for hospital workers treating patients on the front lines becomes more and more dire. While homemade masks are nowhere near as effective as N95s, fabric masks are a great way to protect yourself and your communities while ensuring we keep our nation's supply of N95 masks for hospitals. Using fabric masks for our own personal use as we perform necessary errands such as grocery shopping can also help slow the spread of the virus and ease the influx of patients on hospitals. All measures of social distancing should still be practiced even while wearing a mask.

Supplies:

Time:

2-3 hours

Difficulty:

Easy

LET'S GET STARED!

  1. Pre-wash your fabric on hot. Dry on high heat afterwards and press. 

  2. Cut two pieces of fabric that measure 6" x 9". 
    Note: You can also use two pieces of different colored fabric to help indicate the front side and the back side.

  3. Cut two pieces of elastic that are 7" long.
  4. Pin the elastic to one piece of fabric at the corners diagonally 

  5. Pin your two pieces of fabric together, leaving about a 2" gap at the bottom. Stitch all the way around, except for the 2" gap you left at the bottom. Use 3/8" seam allowance.

  6. Clip corners. Flip your fabric right side out and press flat. Be careful not to burn and melt your elastic as you do so. 

  7. Pin three even pleats on both short ends of your mask, making sure they are all pointing in the same direction.

  8. Top stitch 1/4" from the edge all around. Use a contrasting color as your bobbin thread. This will indicate the back of your face mask so that you will always have the same side of the mask facing you, even after washing. It is important to never use the contaminated side of your mask.

  9. Finished! Be safe, everyone!