Making masks can be easy. You can certainly make reusable cloth masks, with minimal effort. This mask pattern is based on a mask pattern designed for medical professionals for use when N95 masks are not available called the Olson Mask Pattern. It does not have pleats or creases.
Wearing a mask can do wonders. It can protect you, and help ensure that your respiratory droplets don't get on other people. However, without the right material than the mask is pointless. If you were using athletic material, jersey knit, and different stretchy or extremely breathable fabric, you’re looking at very low effectiveness or an utterly ineffective mask.
High effectiveness requires a densely woven cotton. This is known as quilters cotton, and you can surely find 100% tightly woven cotton at any fabric store and online. Thanks to most fabric stores’ quick responses to having to close down and it's the pandemic, many have made it very easy to shop for new fabric online. But don't be afraid to dip into your fabric stash too.
This particular mask pattern calls for 6 pieces. You will need it 2 mouthpieces, 2 cheek pieces, and 2 facepieces. There are many places where you can find printable options for the Olson mask pieces online, but if you don't have a printer, it's pretty easy to sketch out the dimensions.
Sew both face pieces together along the curved edge, with right sides facing, so the seam folds inward on the "wrong" sides. Use a 1/4-seam.
Sew both mouthpieces together on the curved edge, again with a 1/4-inch seam. Then fold the straight edges of the mouthpiece with a 1/4--inch seam to give them a polished look.
Fold down the longest straight edge and create a 1/4-inch seam.
To complete your mask, overlap the cheekpieces behind the mouthpiece by 1 ¾-inch from each straight side of the mouthpiece. Then, sew inward to the center of the mouthpiece using a ¼-inch seam from the sides of the cheekpieces. This creates a dart so you can easily insert a filter.
Give the back portion a ¼-seam all the way around with a topstitch. Then, align the top facepiece with the back portion. Put the right sides facing, and then stitch with a ¼-inch seam all the way around. You will use the filter flap to turn the fabric.
To attach hairbands for holders, place the hair tie on each side’s edge, fold the fabric over to cover, and use a simple stitch to lock it into place.
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