This Face Mask is 3 layers thick and has a pocket to put in a filter if desired. It’s a snug fit with wire to hold the shape over your nose. It is a generous size, giving a great amount of face cover and is cut with room to breathe.
Click HERE for the PDF pattern. When printed, the measurement between the points should be 21.5cm
For a simpler version of this FACE MASK, please click HERE to view my YouTube video.
- 1 Metre of soft cotton fabric will make at least 10 x masks
- Approximately 0.75cm narrow elastic/cotton tape per mask
- 10cm wire per mask – you could use a pipe cleaner, garden wire, snap metal hair clips…
- Matching thread
- Interfacing is a good idea for added protection
- Cut x 3 using the Face Mask Pattern
- For added protection or if your fabric is a bit thin, iron some interfacing onto the back of one or more fabric pieces.
A FOOTS WIDTH SEAM ALLOWANCE
- Seam 2 pieces together along the top with a foots width seam allowance.
- With the other piece, fold the top edge over no more than 1cm and zig zag down.
- Open out the 2 pieces that you seamed together and fold in half the other way.
- Pin the curved edges right sides together, ready to sew.
- Do the same to the other piece.
- Stitch the curved edges with a foots width seam allowance.
- Open out the seams you have just stitched.
- Top-stitch these seams from the right side so that the seam is pulled flat and stitched down on to the seam allowance.
- Cut the wire and make sure the ends aren’t sharp by bending the wire or using sticky tape.
- Feed the wire through channel.
- Cut the elastic/tape in half, then cut each piece in half again… two for each side.
- Pin and sew the elastic/tape as shown on to the right side of the fabric. LOOK AT EDIT BELOW!!
- Having worn the face mask out a couple of times, I decided it would be even more comfortable if I moved the position of the elastic/tape to the corners, coming out at an angle, rather than straight out of the sides. I have edited the pattern to show the elastic position.
- Take the pieces that were seamed together and fold them right sides out, along the straight seam so that they are the same shape as the piece with the wire in. Press carefully and top stitch this seam to keep it flat if necessary.
- This double piece slots, right sides together with the other, sandwiching the elastic between.
- Pin, with all the edges exactly together, down the side, along the bottom edge to and up the other side.
- Stitch together with a foots width seam allowance.
- Turn it all right side out and press nice and flat
- Top-stitch close to the edge, about 5cm along the top edge, down the side, along the bottom edge, up the other side and about 5cm along the top edge on the other side.
- The picture below shows the pocket where you could put a filter if so desired. The top elastics/tapes should be comfortably tied together and worn above the ears and the bottom elastics/tapes should be comfortably tied together and worn below the ears.