Pins, Pleats, and Protecting Your Community: How to Make a DIY Homemade Face Mask

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Dust off that old sewing machine and grab a piece of old clothing to recycle. We’re focusing our thoughts on a DIY project that will do some good. We have the power to slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a homemade face mask!

So, let’s get started!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

9×6 100% cotton pieces for adults
7.5×5 100% cotton pieces for children
7″ elastic strands. You will need two per mask.
A ruler or measuring tape
Thread
Pins
Your trusty sewing machine

WHAT YOU DO NOT NEED
A cat looks up at its owner as she makes and sews a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

A pesky little cat amusing herself with your sewing materials!

PREPARING AND CUTTING THE FABRIC
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Before you begin cutting the pieces, wash and press your fabric.

Cut 9×6 pieces if you are sewing for an adult and 7.5×5 pieces for children.

PIN ELASTIC STRANDS
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Pin the ends of the elastic to the corners of the cotton pieces, the printed sides of the fabric facing inside and together.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Now, you will have the elastic strands pinned to the corners and sandwiched between the cotton pieces, with the fabric facing inside out.

SEWING THE EDGES
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Start at the corner at one of the 9” sides of the fabric. At the edge, leave an opening at the center of the 9″ side to turn your mask inside out.

Sew 4.5″ forward and pause.

Snip your threads free from your machine.

Measure 2″ at the edge of the fabric for the opening and continue sewing to the corner.

Next, sew the other 9″ side. This time, you will not have to leave an opening, simply sew from corner to corner.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Next, sew the both 6″ sides from corner to corner.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

When you have finished, you will see your stitches have crossed each other at the corners, making an X at each corner, securing the elastic inside.

FLIP THE MASK INSIDE OUT
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Once you have sewn around the entire piece, connecting the elastic strands to the corners, it is time to turn out your mask through the opening so that the printed side of the fabric is facing outward.

Through the opening, turn the mask inside out so that the elastic loops are on either end of the mask.

Iron to prepare to fashion the pleats

PIN THE PLEATS
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Fold and pin two pleats, each the same size at the 6″ end of your mask.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Iron the pleats once they are pinned.

STITCH AND SECURE THE PLEATS
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Sew down the 6″ side to secure the pleats, removing the pins as you progress.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

To ensure your pleats are secure, sew another stitch alongside your first stitch.

Repeat this step on the other 6″ end.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

You will now have pleats with two stitches that run parallel to one another on either side of the mask.

STITCH THE 9” EDGE TO COMPLETE
How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

Next, sew each 9″ side, corner to corner, to finish the edge.

To finish, snip any loose threads and press your mask.

How to make and sew a homemade face mask to help slow the spread against COVID-19.

It is important to note that a homemade mask is not medical grade. It will not protect the wearer from COVID-19 but it may help to slow the spread of disease to others if the wearer is experiencing symptoms. Wearing a homemade mask is a good way to remind yourself to avoid touching your face.

With a little thread and a little fabric, you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Happy, healthy sewing.

How to Make a Homemade Face Mask - Help Slow The Spread

on 04/07/2020
Georgia Templeton

About Georgia Templeton

A novice sewing hobbyist, Georgia is an old soul and avid coat collector. She enjoys learning new sewing techniques and reading about fashion history. From time to time she puts a pen to paper, writing fiction.

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