How To Make a Mask
Updated: Feb 2
Fabric masks are a great eco-friendly way of staying safe.
This mask is a two layer mask which can have a reusable filter put into the middle, which we fully recommend. We find that cotton works best, it has a close weave so traps particles but is also breathable and soft. Cotton also comes in many different patterns so you can also use it to make your mask stylish.
Making sure your mask fits:
In order to keep you safe, your mask should fit tightly to your face. Using the templates, find the size where the curved edge goes up onto your nose and below your chin.
The right sized mask will below your eyes and come down at the sides of your face.
The elastic must be tight enough to keep the mask secure and snug. You can easily adjust it by folding and stitching it, knotting it or twisting it. We recommend starting with 20cm of elastic and shorten it from there. It should loop round your ear and join to the mask edge.
Needle and thread
Follow these simple steps.
1. Cut the pieces of fabric using the template. You should have 4 pieces in total. Cut 2 pieces of elastic using the template. Pin the fabric to the template to stop it moving and use a good pair of scissors to cut it accurately.
2. Take a pair of pieces of fabric and place the right sides of fabric together. Then sew along the curved edge using a back stitch.
3. Make small cuts into the seam allowance, up to the stitches, at regular intervals. This will allow the mask to take the shape of your face better.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other pieces of fabric
5. Place the sewn pieces of fabric with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom of the mask using a back stitch.
6. Flip the fabric right sides out using the gaps at the sides.
7. Take the elastic and place one end on the left hand side at the top, about 1 cm in, and sew into place.
8. Sew the other end of the elastic at the bottom to create a loop and repeat on the other side with the other piece of elastic.
9. Fold over the edge of the fabric at the sides and sew in place to create a clean finish.
10. Carefully cut 2 slits in the inner layer of fabric, 2 cm in from the sides. This will create a gap to put a filter in.
You can add embellishments to the mask to make it more interesting. It works especially well here as you can sew them into the outer fabric and leave the inner layer smooth.
We look forward to seeing what you create!