It is best to use tightly woven cotton and/or cotton/poly blend fabrics for the masks:
- 8″x16″ Outside Fabric
- 7″x16″ Inside Fabric
- 7″x16″ Flannel
- Pellon Fusible Interfacing P44F
- Surge Protector
The very first thing you need to do is wash and dry all of your fabric. This will remove any sizing or chemicals and dyes on the fabric, it will also preshrink the cotton fabrics so the masks will not change sizes when washed after they are made.
Many cottons that are solid in color do not necessarily have an official “front” or “back”.
Go ahead and iron the fusible interfacing onto the back of the lining fabric you will be using after the fabric has been washed.
You can find the pattern when you search in Cricut DesignSpace under Projects, it is completely free to use. You have the option to use a washable fabric pen draw out the seam allowance onto the fabric if you use this you’ll want to put your fabric face side down. If not, then it will not matter.
Use your Cricut Maker to cut out the fabric pieces.
Or, if you have part of the Cricut Explore Machine family, you can cut the pattern out of card stock and cut the fabric by hand.
The optimal mat to use would be the FabricGrip 12″x24″. But if you only have a 12″x12″ you can still cut all of the pieces, just with a little more loading/unloading mats.
You will cut out the “light blue” mat twice, once with the lining fabric and once with the flannel.
For the first set of the “light blue mat” put your Lining Fabric, interfacing side down, onto the mat smooth and evenly. The brayer you can get in the Cricut fabric applicator set is an amazing tool for the job. Cut it on the “Bonded, Cotton” setting with the rotary blade. Then cut the “light blue mat” with the flannel applied. Set it to “Flannel” and use the Rotary Blade again. For the outside fabric use the “dark blue mat” set to whatever fabric you are using, such as “Cotton”. For some of my masks, I used a chambray material, so for that, I used the “Denim” setting. Again, using the rotary blade.
Honestly the rotary blade is what made us buy the Maker when we already had the Explore Air 2. Love it so much.
There should be 6 pieces of fabric per mask when you’re finished cutting.