Today I’m sharing how you can make this super simple medical face mask. Please keep in mind these masks will not prevent you from getting a respiratory illness, however they can be used to keep someone who is sick from spreading germs while coughing and sneezing.
In some areas, they are also being used by medical professionals during this time as well. Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!
Watch my How to Sew a Medical Face Mask here:
Download the FREE HOW TO SEW a FACE MASK PDF here!
While handmade fabric masks are NOT a replacement for medical grade masks, in times of emergency, the CDC may allow fabric masks to be used when a shortage such as this takes place. You can read more from the CDC here on the use of homemade masks.
SUPPLIES FOR THIS PROJECT:
- 2 pieces 100% cotton fabric 6″ x 9″
- 1 piece cotton flannel or interfacing 6″ x 9″
- 2 elastic strips 1/8″ x 6” for women, and 7” for men
- Cotton Thread
- Juki TL2000 Qi
- Oliso Pro Smart Iron
- Creative Grids Ruler
- My favorite Scissors
- Clover Wonder Clips
- Kids: 5″ x 7″ with 5.5″ elastics
- Adult Female: 6″ x 9″ with 6″ elastic
- Adult Male: 7″ x 9″ with 7″ elastic
DON’T HAVE ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18”-20” in length.
To make fabric ties, cut a strip of fabric 1-1/2”x 18-20”. Fold one short end 1/4” in and sew. Next fold the fabric strip long edges in so they meet in the center then fold in half lengthwise again. Sew down the open edge to secure. Place the tie with the raw edge next to the corners of the mask just like the elastic is shown in the video. Tip: Make sure not to sew over the loose end of the tie as you sew around the mask.
*** Please wash thoroughly after each use! ***
Tip: Use tightly woven fabric, or hospital grade material. Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for masks that will be donated.
With the current shortage, I suggest contacting medical facilities in your area to see if they are in need and if so use your skills to help serve our community in this way!
While wearing homemade face masks may not prevent against catching respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone who is ill sneezes or coughs.
I hope this tutorial can help some of your families and give you a way to give back and help in this time of need.