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How To Make Face Masks

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Adult Face Mask Sewing Instructions

Size 9 x 6-inches (Large Adult sizes – 11 x 7)

Materials Needed:

  • One 9 x 6-inch piece of 100% cotton fabric
  • One 9 x 6-inch piece of 100% cotton flannel for the backing
  • Two 7-inch lengths of rope elastic with a knot tied at each end (1/8- and 1/4-inch flat elastic, twill tape, bias tape, hair ties with elastic, hair bands with elastic, non-silk ribbon, undergarment or jewelry elastic, loops made of 6” cloth strips, and fabric draw strings will also work. NO rubber bands or Ace Bandages for elastic or added embellishments, our sterilizing equipment does not support them. Also, please do not use Pellon Decor Bond or non-woven interfacing. For Large Adult please make the rope elastic 8 inches long.)

Use 1/4-inch seam allowance

Steps:

  1. Place the right sides of cotton fabric together.
  2. Sew across the top.
  3. Sew across the bottom, leaving about 2-inches in the middle open.
  4. Tuck the first elastic in-between the two fabric layers.
  5. Pull the first end out until it is even with the edge of the fabric and pushed up against the top seam.
  6. Sew the elastic into the corner with the knot out. Backstitch a few times to hold the elastic in place.
  7. Pull the other end of that same elastic out at the bottom corner. Ensure it is laying flat and is not twisted.
  8. Sew down the remainder of the side and across the elastic. Backstitch to tightly secure.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 with the second elastic on the opposite side.
  10. Turn inside out so right sides of the fabric are facing out.
  11. Press with Iron
  12. Pin two 1/2-inch pleats on each side of the mask, making sure the tucks are in the same direction.
  13. Sew down each side of the mask to secure the pleats.

Child Face Mask Sewing Instructions

Size 7 ½ x 5-inches

Materials Needed:

  • One 7 ½ x 5-inch piece of 100% cotton fabric
  • One 7 ½ x 5-inch piece of 100% cotton flannel for the backing
  • Two 7-inch lengths of rope elastic with a knot tied at each end (1/8- and 1/4-inch flat elastic, twill tape, bias tape, hair ties with elastic, hair bands with elastic, non-silk ribbon, undergarment or jewelry elastic, loops made of 6” cloth strips, and fabric draw strings will also work. NO rubber bands or Ace Bandages for elastic or added embellishments, our sterilizing equipment does not support them. Also, please do not use Pellon Decor Bond or non-woven interfacing.)

Use 1/4-inch seam allowance

Steps:

  1. Place right sides of cotton fabric together.
  2. Sew across the top.
  3. Sew across the bottom, leaving about 2-inches in the middle open.
  4. Tuck the first elastic in-between the two fabric layers.
  5. Pull the first end out until it is even with the edge of the fabric and pushed up against the top seam.
  6. Sew the elastic into the corner with the knot out. Backstitch a few times to hold the elastic in place.
  7. Pull the other end of that same elastic out at the bottom corner. Ensure it is laying flat and is not twisted.
  8. Sew down the remainder of the side and across the elastic. Backstitch to tightly secure.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 with the second elastic on the opposite side.
  10. Turn inside out so right sides of the fabric are facing out.
  11. Press with Iron
  12. Pin two 1/2-inch pleats on each side of the mask, making sure the tucks are in the same direction.
  13. Sew down each side of the mask to secure the pleats.

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