Face Mask Directions
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Since all of the need for Face Masks began in earnest back in March, of course I wanted to do my part. It has warmed my heart that SO many sewists have given so much of their time and creativity and ingenuity to the development of patterns and techniques. Basically, I see 2 styles: Flat (with or without pleats, and I think with pleats is definitely best, giving more face coverage), and Shaped (either with a center seam, or darts to lend shape). The first masks I made were Flat with pleats. I have continued to observe the development of face mask patterns, watching many videos and continuing to experiment myself. I now feel that if you feel wearing a mask is what you want/ need to do, then the 2nd style, Shaped - is truly better. The very best basic directions can be watched and patterns downloaded from Craft Passion at this video:
Experimenting with those directions, I have made the following changes:
What I did to the pattern: Since she is Asian, and they are smaller in skeletal form and I am of German descent -
* Added 1 more inch at the ears - for all sizes
* For my husband, I slashed the nose in towards the ear and made it larger - I'll add a picture.
* I scooped the upper curve from the top of the nose a tad deeper - as per the 'Engineer-improved' tweek on their pattern. You can also download those from the website at craftpassion.com - links are in both of the videos shared here.
* I cut off a healthy 1/8" along the nose on the lining (of a top-quality muslin), because the inside of a garment or 'tube' is always less big than the outside.
* I definitely used the 1" strip of t-shirt for the 'strap' but added a pony bead that each end goes through (in the same direction) to adjust - which is a tad challenging, but with the Chibi Needles I sell, it works.
* For the nose wire, I use the wire that is coated with flat plastic that I tie up plants with (you can buy a real at Home Depot or Lowe's), and twist 2 together, keeping them both flat. I start with 5" pieces, then trim to more like 4", and bend both ends in so no wire ends at the ends. I also think a pipe cleaner might work just fine - but I'll be those are getting hard to find, and you'll have LOTS of nose wires with the plant tie stuff. What does NOT make sense to me in the video above is stitching through any kind of metal - that's bound to absolutely KILL any sewing machine needle!
* Then for that casing at the top of the inside, it makes sense to me to stitch 1 end closed, leaving the other end open - for easy removal and re-insertion.
* I agree that they should be hand-washed as at the end of this video, as many who will possess these wouldn't know what an iron is, much less have one or know how to use it.
ALSO - for a good overall review of face mask styles, watch this video:
by a shop owner who has overseen 167K masks - so she has a lot of experience. I feel that I have improvements yet over this, but it is a good overview of everything that has been thought of so far! How very creative and resourceful us Americans are!!!
Click on link (red A) to download my directions for a pleated flat mask with a pocket for filter and nose wires.
Easier Face Mask Directions
During my week-long blitz of making over 100 masks, I finally got to 'factory' mass-production techniques. I don't want to take time now to re-write directions, but below are my final photos with a brief description for each step. Add this into these 'EASIER FACE MASK DIRECTIONS. I found that doing 10 at a time worked well.
Read all the details, along with some pictures at my Blog HERE.
My Original Face Mask Directions
These directions are also for a flat pleated mask, but the sides have an extra binding piece.