With no end in sight to the wearing of face masks, I recently made a few more 3-D style face masks for the family. I received a complement from the cashier at the grocery store today on my matching face mask. I had made a shirt last year and since I had a bit of extra fabric left over, I made a mask to match. When I want to feel put together, I wear my matching top and mask. Who knows, perhaps I will make a holiday mask to get me in the spirit when the time comes. Here are the instructions for my go-to mask…
Face Mask Instructions:
Cut a rectangle ( 10” x 14” regular size) (10” x 14.5” slightly larger size) or (desired size rectangle). [ I have learned, in making masks for my family, that one size does not necessarily fit all. Making a mock-up of the pattern without all the layers may be a good way to see what changes need to be made to the pattern before committing fabric to the project. ]
Next, measure down 2 inches on each side and draw line across and cut to make pattern. A hexagon shape is made.
Use this pattern to cut 2 pieces of material and 1 of sew-on (non-iron) interfacing.
Place the 2 material pieces right sides together and then place the interfacing on top. Pin.
Sew on the top 3 sides and the bottom 3 sides ¼” from edge. Leave ends open to turn. Turn and press with iron. Top stitch sewn sides ¼”.
Iron down the top and the bottom where corners meet ends.
Top-stitch at edge of top and bottom ¼”.
Place one piece of elastic over one end and fold end over once and then once again to form a casing. Pin in place. Stitch close to the edge being careful not to catch elastic in machine. (Sometimes, because of the bulk, it is easier to start in the middle and sew to the end and then turn the material and sew from middle to end. If machine will handle it, it can be sewn in one line.)
Now fold open the corners lining them up with the end casing and stitch in place. This holds the shape of the mask. Repeat for other side. Tie the elastic in a not to the desired length.
As always, STAY SAFE and Happy Sewing!