In light of the coronavirus pandemic, DIY fabric face masks are in huge demand right now.
I’ve recently been having to go to my local hospital for a recent Gastroparesis flare, and when I do need to visit, I have been bringing batches of my DIY fabric face masks for those that might need it.
In these times, everyone doing what they can truly make such a difference. In this instance, my knowledge of sewing, and the fact I have a sewing machine means that I am blessed to help in this way.
I hope this tutorial can inspire you to make your own fabric face masks if you’re also able to sew and have a sewing machine. If you are able to, it’s lovely to make several and give to those in need.
PLEASE NOTE: You could add any filter inside your mask, for example, a coffee filter, to the inside through the gap but please note that these are not a substitute for medical PPE.
Here’s the end result. And a huge thank you to my beautiful Mum for being my model!
How to make a fabric face mask steps:
- Cut a piece of fabric (I’m using 100% cotton 41cm x 21.5cm (or 16 inches x 8.5 inches). If you’re making this for a child you can use 35.5cm x 16.5cm.
- Fold your fabric in half and sew the top leaving about 7cm (or 3 inches) gap.
- Press the seam open. You can neaten by sewing over the seam.
- Sandwich four fabric ties measuring 46cm (18 inches) to each corner (still with the right sides together). You could also use a piece of 18cm elastic on either side attaching at the top and bottom corner. Either way, pin this in place.
- Sew each side seam going over the ties or elastic. Repeat to strengthen seams. Be careful not to catch the rest of the ties as you sew.
- Fold the fabric to the right side through the gap. Press to neaten.
- Fold upwards three evenly spread pleats. They are about 1.5cm (1/2 inch). Sew twice down each side to hold pleats in place.
- You could add any filter, for example, a coffee filter, to the inside through the gap but please note that these are not a substitute for medical PPE.
Visual Instructions left to right:
Examples of Elastic Fabric Face Masks:
Is the ribbon too much? If so, simply replace the ribbon with elastic as seen above.
I hope the above steps make sense and you’re able to make as many of these fabric masks if you can!
While homemade fabric face masks cannot be likened to one of a medical-grade, they can still be so useful.
If you are donating them as I have been, it’s always best to reach out to your hospital in advance to see if they’re taking donations.
Thank you so much for reading and if you do make any I would love to hear about it. Thinking of you and sending so much love and wishes to you all xoxo