Sewing Medical Masks
I’m making flowers for everyone. Well, actually I’m making masks, but I’m using up fabric remnants from my sewing stash, and that means girly, colorful, playful prints. Like I said – flowers for everyone. Even for my conservative corporate husband.
If we need to wear medical masks during this unexpected pandemic, who says they have to look somber and institutional? Why not pretty? In fact, I think these floral masks just might add a touch of happy to an otherwise scary situation.
Cut a piece of fabric 9″ x 14″. With right sides together, fold in half and stitch together as shown below.
Trim seam; turn right side out and press.
Fold pleats as shown below and pin. Baste the ends to keep the pleats in place.
Cut two pieces of elastic, each measuring 6 1/5″ in length. Pin in place, as shown below, and stitch.
Cut two pieces of bias tape approximately 6″ long. Pin one to each end of the mask and stitch, as shown in the photos below.
Finally, fold the elastic towards the outside and make another stitch down the edge to keep it in place.
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One suggestion is to use two different patterns so that one can remember which side to keep next to the face and which one stays away from the face.
Ummm, scientific fact that the virus is too small to be blocked by any paper or fabric mask. Took them long enough to tell the public the truth.