Homemade Face Mask Instructions
- 2 pieces of tightly woven cotton fabric (examples: clean pillow cases or 100% cotton t-shirts). Cut to 9” X 6” (Adult) or 7 ½” X 5” (Child).
- Sewing (straight) pins
Choose one of the following:
- Elastic Ear Loops: 2 pieces (7″ each) of rope elastic or 1/8” wide flat elastic. If using rope elastic, tie a knot in each end. You need 7.5 yards of elastic for 25 masks (14″ per mask).
- Fabric Ties: 4 strips (1 ½” X 18”) of cotton fabric or 4 strips (18”) of bias tape; use ½” or 7/8” as available.
To Make Fabric Ties
- Take one of the fabric strips (wrong side up).
- At one end of the fabric strip, fold the end in (approx. ¼”) and press with an iron.
- Fold strip in half lengthwise and press with an iron.
- Open the ironed strip lengthwise. Fold the bottom edge in toward the ironed seam that you just made and press with the iron.
- Repeat with the upper edge of the strip and press.
- Fold the strip in half again and press so both the edges of the long sides are laying on top of each other.
- Using sewing machine, stitch ¼” seam along the open side of the strip.
- Optional step: You also can sew another ¼” seam along the closed side, to reinforce it for repeated use.
- Repeat these steps with the other 3 strips of fabric.
To Make the Mask
For lacing or cord, follow same steps, substituting item for elastic.
- Stack right sides of 2 pieces of cotton fabric together ensuring all raw edges of fabric are aligned. Be sure that any fabric design is placed horizontally!
- If using elastic, pin one end of each piece ½” below the raw edges at the top corners of the mask. Repeat with bottom end of elastic pieces ½” above the raw edges at the bottom of the mask. Then go to step #4.
- If using ties, pin one end of a fabric tie (use the end with raw edge) ½” below the raw edges at each of top corners. Pin one end of a fabric tie (raw edge) ½” above the raw edges at each of the bottom corners.
- Using ¼” seam, begin stitching around the outside of the mask. Begin on the bottom and sew around one side and then along the top of the mask. Leave a 2-3 inch opening along the fourth side of mask.
- Turn mask fabric right-side out. Use a pencil to help push out the seams in the four corners.
- Press the mask, making sure to carefully line up and fold in the edges of the fabric that are still open.
- Using straight pins or an iron, measure 2 or 3 evenly-spaced folds (approximately 1”) on each side of the mask. Make sure that the folds
go in same direction.
- Sew ¼” seam along the sides of the mask to hold the folds in place and close the small area of the open seam.
- Your mask is finished!