Making Your Own Mask
Making your own mask is a sustainable, affordable way to create a supply of masks for you and your family.
Video Instructions for Masks
Written Instructions for Masks
Pattern folds and stitch lines do not need to be exact. Make three good pleats, the ties secured and the metal twist tie in place. It needs to work and hold, not be perfect.
Cut out your fabric from the provided sheet. It does NOT matter what color your sheet is.
Cut for each mask - single layer:
- 1 rectangle (7” x 8”). *NO TAPE on these or tape residue; cut around the tape
- 2 strips (36” x ½”) *Tape on the strips is fine – just cut through it
Cut around any tape for rectangles. We do NOT want tape to be pulled off as it rips the sheet. Tape on strips is okay. (Cut any extra pieces you can and return them with the finished masks – we don’t want to waste material).
Place rectangle piece in front of you with 7" wide by 8" tall.
Fold the top edge over about ½” with one of the long strips inserted in the fold. Then stitch close to the raw edge to form a pocket for the metal twist tie. The long strip should be centered on the top of the mask giving it a length on each end to tie around the face.
Bend (fold) the metal wire in half and flatten. *DO NOT use any other metal wire except what is provided. This one has been approved by the hospital and will sterilize in their machines.
Insert the metal twist tie into the pocket, center it and stitch the sides closed.
Fold three pleats in the mask as shown on the CDC pattern below and sew each side of the mask to hold the pleats.
Metal rod should be at the top of the mask and three pleats should fold down from the top.
Fold the bottom edge over about ½” with one of the long strips inserted in the fold. Then stitch close to the raw edge catching the strip in the seams. The long strip should be centered on the mask giving it a length on each end to tie around the face.
Finished dimensions should be roughly 3 /12” x 7 “. Place all finished masks back in a bag and return to a drop off location. See Facebook group (Ozarks Face Masks for Hospitals – Sewing) for locations and times. Also, drop off any extra cut out patterns at time of drop off.
- Thread can be any color. Multipurpose thread works well.
- Any tips, please post on Facebook for other people to see.
- Any questions, please reach out on Facebook for help.