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
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
Your trusty sewing machine
WHAT YOU DO NOT NEED
A pesky little cat amusing herself with your sewing materials!
PREPARING AND CUTTING THE FABRIC
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
Pin the ends of the elastic to the corners of the cotton pieces, the printed sides of the fabric facing inside and together.
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
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.
Next, sew the both 6″ sides from corner to corner.
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
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
Fold and pin two pleats, each the same size at the 6″ end of your mask.
Iron the pleats once they are pinned.
STITCH AND SECURE THE PLEATS
Sew down the 6″ side to secure the pleats, removing the pins as you progress.
To ensure your pleats are secure, sew another stitch alongside your first stitch.
Repeat this step on the other 6″ end.
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
Next, sew each 9″ side, corner to corner, to finish the edge.
To finish, snip any loose threads and press your mask.
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.