Easy DIY Fabric Mask (with nose wire and filter pocket!)
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Bored at home? There's plenty of things to do. For one, you can make your own mask to protect yourselves (and those around you!) when you hop out for a grocery run, or to the park for some fresh air.
This simple mask comes with a nose wire for a snug fit, and a pocket to insert your own non-woven filters. Remember to replace filter inserts and wash the mask after each use!
Up for a challenge? Try the intermediate fitted mask tutorial here.
MATERIALS TO MAKE YOUR OWN MASK
- 1 main fabric: 21cm x 15cm (100% cotton fabric such as that of cotton t-shirts)
- 2 smaller pieces of fabric: 12 x 5cm
- 2 x 25cm elastic bands or hair ties. (Flat bands are more comfortable than round ones)
- Thin metal wire/twist ties (reuse from discarded masks!)
1. Fold long side of fabric in half, right sides together. You should get a 10.5cm x 15cm rectangle.
2. Sew 1inch length (blue dotted line) at left and right where fabric meets each other. Take note to leave gap opening in the middle.
3. Iron/Press seams open and turn fabric right side out.
If you're using twist ties or exposed wires, turn and press in the sharp ends to prevent poking yourself while wearing the mask.
4. Insert nose wire just above the opening and sew around it.
Use clips or pins to secure nose wire then sew in place. Optional: leave a small gap to remove nose wire when washing the mask.
5. Pinch green dotted line to each other and pin. Repeat for the yellow dotted line.
Bring both green and yellow folds to meet in the middle as shown. Sew a straight line down left and right ends of mask to secure folds in place.
6. Sew small fabric piece to seal ends of mask as shown. This will be the tube for the elastic bands.
Repeat on the other end of the mask.
7. Thread elastic bands through and tie each one in a knot.
Once you've found the best fit, tuck the elastic knot into the fabric to hide it.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
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