Making Facemasks!

Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry it has been a while since my last post. I hope by now you have all settled into your distance learning for school and are getting in the swing of all the things that have changed in the last couple of weeks.

I have been busy, well maybe obsessed is a better word with facemasks. I was asked to make some for a friend who is a nurse and once I started I couldn't stop! I have had a few of you reach out to see if I had any tutorials for making facemasks so I decided to make one. As you watch it just remember that it took me a while to use my tripod and that it gets a little better as it goes on.

This post and video are for a simple mask. Tomorrow I will post another tutorial for one that is a little more involved. Neither one of these masks are meant to be used instead of an N-95 surgical mask but they will help keep your and the people you are around a little safer.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. I am only a FaceTime or Zoom away!



And here is a printed version of the directions if you need it! Look for a slightly different version of the mask in the next post. See you all soon!



Easy Facemask Directions

Supplies:

1/4 yard tightly woven quilting cotton or some scraps that are at least 10in x 10in

An old t-shirt that can be cut into strips or 1/4 wide flat elastic

Thread

Pins

Sewing machine

These instructions are meant to be a supplement to the Easy Facmask Video. If you need help feel free to email me at lizbessel@gmail.com.

  1. Cut two ( 9x8 inches for a large mask, 8x7 inches for a medium mask or 7x6 inches for a small mask) rectangles, each from a different fabric.

  2. Place rectangles right sides together, pin and stitch along top and bottom (long sides).

  3. This post and video are for a simple mask. Tomorrow I will post another tutorial for one that is a little more involved. Neither one of these masks is meant to be used instead of an N-95 surgical mask but they will help keep your and the people you are around a little safer.ll the mask so it is flat as you sew. Make sure you backstitch when you sew over the ends of the knit strip.

  4. With right sides of the mask still facing each other take one length of knit strip and place in between right sides of masks, pinning in the top corner and bottom corner of one side of the mask. The knit strip will pull the corners toward each other but this is OK.

  5. Flattening the mask out make a mark with a pen about two inches from the top corner and two inches up from the bottom corner. This is to mark where you need to leave a hole to turn the mask inside out.

  6. These instructions are meant to be a supplement to the Easy Facemask Video. If you need help feel free to email me at lizbessel@gmail.com. you made. Don’t forget to back stitch! Then sew from the next mark down to the bottom corner leaving the side open between the two marks. Pull the mask so it is flat as you sew. Make sure you backstitch when you sew over the ends of the knit strip.

  7. Repeat steps 4-6 for other side.

  8. Turn the mask inside out and iron well.

  9. Form three half inch pleats on each side of the mask pinning each pleat as you form it. (see video for help with this part)

  10. Stitch down both sides of the mask, sewing the pleats into place and closing the hole you left to turn the mask. Do this keeping the edge of the presser foot aligned with the edge of the mask. Then go back and stitch between the line you just sewed and the edge of the mask. This will reinforce the straps and help the pleats to lie flat.

Starting at the top corner stitch along the side of the mask where you have pinned your knit strip stopping when you come to the mark you made. Don’t forget to backstitch! Then sew from the next mark down to the bottom corner leaving the side open between the two marks. Pull the mask so it is flat as you sew. Make sure you back stitch when you sew over the ends of the knit strip.

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