Below is a video of how a mask can be made. The reason we suggest this tutorial is that if the elastic snaps they can feed new elastic, cording, even shoe laces into the mask and continue to use it. The mask also has a place for a filter. This is great for those that can get their hands on filters. You may also use interfacing or coffee filters for filter inserts. Watch the video below to learn how to make the masks and join us in the Facebook group Masks Against 19 here or by scrolling down and clicking Facebook group.
Full step by step and extra instructions can be found here https://mooshujenne.com/diy-face-mask/
You don’t have to sew this specific mask to join us. If you have a pattern your comfortable with then by all means sew away and join us! The more seamtresses the merrier! But if you join us we do highly suggest this pattern and the reasons are listed in the facebook group.
Tips and Tricks:
Since creating the video and quite a few masks we have found some tips and tricks that could help.
- Cut yourself a pattern from the measurements. You can do this with fabric or with poster board (the thin stuff). Then you can place it on the fabric your working with to cut. This will also allow you to get the most out of each yard your working with. One yard should make 8 masks.
- When doing the elastic part instead of poking the elastic with the safety pin; place the elastic through the bottom hole of the safety pin. Pull it through then hold onto one end of the elastic and pull. This helps get the elastic through the ends undamaged.
- The mask may look small when you’re finished. However, I assure you it’s not. if you did the 7″x10″ and the two 5″x7″‘s then the mask will open up on the face to cover the nose to chin and fit tightly. This is what you want because a loose mask is pointless! We suggest about 12″ to 13″ inches of elastic to allow people to adjust it to fit the length of their face.