This is a call to make face masks for health care personnel in the valley!

Directions and a Video Links are provided for two types of masks!

 

Sandy Dickinson, from the Sarasota Gulf Coast Chapter ASG, also provided a link to the Mask Manual, which is based on the World Health Organization Guidelines. http://164.100.117.97/WriteReadData/userfiles/FINAL%20MASK%20MANUAL.pdf

Easy to Sew® Face Mask #1 with Filter Pocket  

 

These instructions are for an easy to sew surgical mask. There is an instruction video on YouTube that shows you step-by-step how to make the mask. To find the video, search “HOW TO MAKE FACE MASK WITH FILTER POCKET AND ADJUSTABLE WIRE SEWING TUTORIAL” on Easy to Sew ® site.

SUPPLIES:

● One piece of tightly woven fabric, duck cloth, canvas, or a high-quality quilter’s cotton fabric is preferred. Cut to the size of 14.6” x 10” (38 cm x 19 cm)

● 2 heavier plastic-coated twist ties 4 - 6 inches in length (no paper twist ties – as they will not stand up to washing)

● Extra wide double fold bias tape (can be purchased or you can easily make it yourself with instructions below. You will need approx. 8 inches per mask.

● Braided elastic for ear loops. Recommend 1/16 to 1/8 inch, about 20 inches. ¼ inch should work well too

INSTRUCTION FOR SEWING MASK:

1. Serge or zig-zag stitch the short (10”) sides of the fabric.

2. Fold fabric in half, matching short sides, with wrong sides together.

3. Mark 2 ½ inch in from each side edge.

4. Sew a straight-line stitch from each 2 ½ inch marking to the outer edge of the fabric on both sides with a ¼ inch seam. Backstitch (at both ends of the stitching) to secure the seam. This will leave a gapped opening in the middle.

5. Press seams and gap edges open.

6. Topstitch the length of seams and gap seams.

7.  Mark the middle of the fabric and place the finished seam in the middle.

8.  Mark each corner 1 ¾ inches from the edge. (Video 1.59 Min) Draw a diagonal line between the two marks and stitch all 4 corners.  (Video 2.03 min) Trim ¼ inch from sewing.  (Video 2.43 min).  Turn right side out and press. (Video 2.50 min)

9.  Place the wire in the middle of the top folded edge making sure it is centered.  (Video 3.03 min)

10. Topstitch the entire length of the folded edge starting at the raw edge.  Stitch close to the wire to hold it in place.  Then topstitch the bottom folded edge.  (Video 3.12 min)

11. With gap seam facing up, fold the bottom edge to the top of the gap seam.  Fold the top down overlapping the bottom edge.  Press. (Video 3.57min)

12. Fold out the diagonal ends of top and bottom edge forming a 90-degree angle (parallel to the raw edge of the mask).  (Video 4:22 min).   Hold with clips or pins. 

13. Fold over the ends of the mask with the first fold about ¼ inch, fold again forming a casing for the elastic (or fabric tie). Stitch twice to secure. (Video 4:39).   Make the casing larger if using wider elastic or fabric ties.

14. Insert a 10 inch elastic piece through the casing. Knot the elastic and pull the knot into the casing to hide the knot. Do not trim ends of the elastic knot so the elastic can be adjusted to suit the user. Thank you!

Easy to Sew® Face Mask with Filter Pocket

 

 

Easy to Sew® Face Mask #2 with Filter Pocket  (pleated version)

 

These instructions are for an easy to sew pleated surgical mask. There is an instruction video https://youtu.be/BCJcE-r7kcg  on YouTube that shows you step-by-step how to make the mask. To find the video, search “HOW TO MAKE FACE MASK WITH FILTER POCKET AND ADJUSTABLE WIRE SEWING TUTORIAL” on Easy to Sew ® site.

Please use the video for the pleated version.

 

SUPPLIES:

● One piece of tightly woven fabric, duck cloth, canvas, or a high-quality quilter’s cotton fabric is preferred. Cut to the size of 15” x 7.5” (38 cm x 19 cm)

● 2 heavier plastic coated twist ties 4 - 6 inches in length (no paper twist ties – as they will not stand up to washing) ● Extra wide double fold bias tape (can be purchased or you can easily make it yourself with instructions below. You will need approx. 8 inches per mask.

● Braided elastic for ear loops. Recommend 1/16 to 1/8 inch, about 20 inches. ¼ inch should work well too

 

INSTRUCTION FOR SEWING MASK:

1. Serge or zig-zag stitch the short (7.5”) sides of the fabric.

2. Fold fabric in half, matching short sides, with wrong sides together.

3. Mark 1 ½ inch in from each side edge.

4. Sew a straight-line stitch from each 1 ½ inch marking to the outer edge of the fabric on both sides with a ¼ inch seam. Backstitch (at both ends of the stitching) to secure the seam. This will leave a gapped opening in the middle.

5. Press seams and gap edges open.

6. Turn right side out and topstitch across seams and gap seams.

7. Mark ½ inch in from seam line on both edges but on one side only of the seam line.

8. Fold across the width of the mask using the ½ inch marks and press.

9. Topstitch across the top of the folded edge and then all the way around the mask edges.

10. Insert the twist tie and center it in the top folded edge next to the gap opening.

11. Stitch across the gap seam securing the twist tie in the fold. Stitch across the ends of the twist tie to keep it from shifting.

12. With the gap opening up and facing you, make pleats any size you’d like folding them toward the gap opening.

13. Stitch across ends of the pleats to secure.

14. Sew bias tape to the pleat ends by first folding under the raw end of the bias tape and ending by folding back the raw end of the bias tape so there isn’t a raw end of bias tape showing.

15. Insert a 10-inch elastic piece through the bias tape. Knot the elastic and pull the knot into the bias tape to hide the knot. Do not trim ends of the elastic knot so the elastic can be adjusted to suit the user. Thank you!

 

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BIAS TAPE

Cut a 2-inch strip* of cotton or cotton-blend fabric that is more than twice as long as the top length of the mask. Use fabric similar to the lining fabric, it will be easier to use than the heavier fabric.

*For this project, the strip does not need to be cut on the bias. It can be cut along the straight of grain.

To make the tape:

● Using an iron and pressing as you go, fold the strip up so that the raw edge lies 1/8 inch away from the top of the other raw edge. This will result in an approx. one-inch wide strip of fabric.

● Open the fabric. You will see the crease down the center.

● Fold the bottom edge up to allow the raw edge to meet the crease. Press along the bottom folded edge.

● Now fold the top edge to the center crease and press along the top fold. You will once again have a one-inch wide strip – with the raw edges not quite touching in the center crease.

● Fold the one-inch strip in half (along the center crease) so that the raw edges are folded inward and you are left with a ½ strip with folded edge.

 

 YouTube Video:       https://youtu.be/BCJcE-r7kcg

 

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