Help make masks for hospital staff! There is a HUGE and ever growing need for more masks. While these are not medical grade, they are better than nothing, and can fit over N95 masks or other filtering masks. They can also be used in other areas of the hospital, freeing up the medical grade masks for the ER workers on the front line. We have communicated with a local hospital about desired specifications and they have approved this design. They need masks ASAP. The pattern is adapted from craftpassion.com.
Please reach out if you have any questions!
• main fabric - at least 8” x 12”
• lining fabric - at least 8” x 12”
• 26” elastic cord or 1/8” wide elastic band
FABRIC / ELASTIC NOTES —
• we have learned that sturdy woven cotton is the best fabric to use—more info on that here!
• jersey fabrics have too much space between knit stitches which makes them less effective in filtering germs.
• if using a fabric with any pattern, orient it horizontally.
• masks will be washed and sterilized, so laundering and drying fabric beforehand will prevent shrinkage.
• if you have slightly thinner or wider elastic, you can adjust the width of the elastic casing (right edge of main fabric pattern) to better fit what you have.
CUT — Using pattern, cut out 2 pieces of main fabric. Then fold pattern piece in at the dashed line, and cut 2 pieces of lining fabric.
SEW — The numbers on the pattern correspond to the order of seams!
1 - FINISH LINING SIDE EDGES.
Fold the side edge of the lining in 1/4” so wrong sides are touching. Topstitch. Repeat for other side edge of lining. If you have a serger, you can serge along this edge before folding back to reduce fraying, however this is not mandatory!
2 - SEW CENTER FRONT SEAM.
With right sides together, sew / serge center front seam of lining. Clip curve to ease (not necessary if serging this seam). Repeat with the main fabric center front seam.
OPTIONAL STEP — You can stitch down the seam allowances to the inside the mask if you would like. This does not affect the overall functionality, but makes it feel a little less bulky when worn!
3 - STITCH TOP SEAM.
Place the mask lining on top of the mask main, right sides together and aligning the center front seams. Pin, then serge / sew the top seam from one end to the other. Clip curves if not serging.
4 - STITCH BOTTOM SEAM.
Stitch bottom seam from one end to the other.
TURN THE MASK RIGHT SIDES OUT. (Our lining fabric is striped on one side, and solid on the other! Sorry if that is confusing.)
5 - CREATE ELASTIC CASINGS.
With main fabric mask on bottom and lining facing up, turn the main side edge over 1/4”, press if necessary, and then turn again to line up right next to the edge of the lining. Top stitch in place. Repeat with the other main side edge.
6 - ADD ELASTIC.
Take one end of the elastic and run it through one of the side casings, over to the other casing and then up through that casing to create a loop of elastic. This will create a top band and a lower band of elastic. Knot the elastic tightly (if using cord) or sew (if using band). Adjust elastic so knot is hidden within one of the casings.
Now it's finished!
The side openings allow for another mask or filter to be slipped inside.
••• THANK YOU •••