Love the Fabric...
but don't have a clue
what to make with it?
April 14, 2020
Are you sewing fabric face masks?
In this issue of “Imagine The Possibilities …”, we provide downloadable PDF files of fabric face mask patterns in three sizes and two different styles. We also share with you a Sew-Along tutorial on how to make your very own fabric face mask with an adjustable elastic band.
Fabric Face Mask Patterns
Perhaps many of us started making one-size-fits-all masks cuting 9″x 6″ rectangles for adult-size and 7.5″ x 5″ rectangles for child-size. In making our masks we found that the 9″ x 6″ was too small for most men’s faces and large women’s faces. We also found that curving the top side to rise over the nose provided a better fit and more coverage. We created this modified pattern in three sizes: Large (generally for men), Medium (generally for women), and Child.
We are providing you free copies of these patterns in individual downloadable PDF files. Each can be printed on a single 8.5″ x 11″ size paper. The patterns include two styles: Raised-over-the-nose pattern and standard rectangular pattern.
Download Printable Child Mask Pattern: Child Mask Pattern [pdf]
A Sew-Along on how to make your very own adjustable face mask.
In making our masks, we found that two pieces of standard size elastic attached at each side was not practical for most faces. For some it was too tight. For others it was too loose. We made our masks using and adjustable elastic loop.
This DIY fabric face mask features a contrasting trim at the top and bottom sides. The contrasting trim is made from the backing fabric that is cut 1 5/8″ wider than the main fabric. It also features an adjustable elastic band that loops around the top and bottom sides of the mask. Running the elastic through the top and bottom sides of the mask allowed the fabric to be gathered, as needed, around the nose and chin to provide a snug fit while remaining comfortable at the ears for long hours of wear.
A cotton ball flattened and placed in the gap around the nose between the mask and the face can prevent fogging of glasses (for glass wearers) and minimize/prevent the air from incoming through any gaps. The cotton ball may not be needed if the wearer gathers enough fabric at the nose, depending on the shape of the face.
As indicated by the Surgeon General and the CDC, the fabric mask will not provide full protection from the virus. However, given the current circumstances, It’s better than not having a mask at all!