DIY Project: Face Masks You Can Make For Yourself and Others
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, March 19, 2020 6:12pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Ever since the Taal Volcano eruption began, the stock of face masks (N95, surgical face masks etc.) became scarce. Most can’t buy face masks in their local stores as the supplies have run out. And so a sew studio, Sew Easy Learning Studio, shared their instructions on how to make a DIY mask in case the ones in the market are not available.
Print the Pattern
Sew Easy Learning Studio advises to print their pattern through this link before starting. This will make your mask more accurate in size and shape.
Choose a Fabric
It’s ideal to have a waterproof fabric for the outside part and an absorbent cloth on the inside, just like the ones the stores sell. But any clean fabric will do if you don’t have those. Just make sure you have enough to make two layers for the mask.
Trace and Stitch the “Body”
For the main fabric fold the fabric with the right sides together, extending one inch at the ear side. It’s best to cut two pieces at once so you can have “mirror” cut outs.For the lining fabric, fold the fabric as well to cut on 2 layers at once. Match your fabrics with right sides together and sew at the front curve using 1/4" seam allowance. Spread the pieces out and match them with the right sides facing. Sew the top and bottom length at 1/4" seam allowance. Leave the ear sides open.
Note: If you want a clean finish, clip the curves, make sure the seams are pushed to the edge, and top-stitch with a 1/8" allowance.
Make the “Ear” Part
Fold each of the ear side twice and stitch at the edge while making sure there’s enough room to pull the elastic through. Measure your elastic/garter and insert through the side tunnels. Tie a knot and hide it inside. You can leave it untied if you’re giving it to someone else so they can adjust it.
This may keep you busy during the quarantine period, but we sure hope you have staple needles and thread to make this work. If sewing is not your thing, you can share these to others so they can start creating DIY face masks.
This article is created based on a post by Sew Easy Learning Studio.