Tuesday, 09 March 2021

Face mask instructions

By Sr Jane Dixon

Using the template* cut the following from pre-washed fabric:
2 x lining material - polycotton or cotton sheeting is ideal - pre-washed
2 x main fabric - polycotton or cotton (quilters fat quarters usually can produce 3 masks) - pre-washed
Make sure you add 1/4” (5mm) seam allowance (a quick way to do this is to put 2 pencils together with an elastic band and draw around the template - this gives a second line which is about 1/4” from the outline)
2 x 1/4” elastic (5mm) 8” (20cm) in length

1. Sew together the 2 lining pieces along the long-curved edge.

2. With right sides facing sew together the 2 main pieces along the long-curved edge.

3. Clip the seams to allow the curve.

4. Press (iron) the seam to one side.

5. With right sides facing place and pin the two sections together matching the seams.

6. Sew along the top curved edge and along the bottom straight edge leaving the ends open.

7. Trim the seams down by half to remove bulk when turning.

8. Turn right sides out through the open ends.

9. Press (iron).

10. At each end turn in 1/4” seam allowance and insert the elastic at either end allowing about 1/2” (12mm) inside pinning in place.

11. Topstitch all the way around the mask about 1/8” from the edge securing the elastic at each end as you go around. (reversed over each elastic for more security).

12. Press (iron).

Disclaimer: I have not designed this. These are not for commercial use they are intended for your own protection and are not medical grade. There are other designs available.

* Download the template at:
There are a variety - choose No 1.

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