HOW TO MAKE A FACE MASK FROM HOME USING A FREE PATTERN THAT YOU CAN PRINT OUT ON A4 PAPER AND FABRIC YOU ALREADY HAVE AT HOME
You can make your own facemask from a free pattern that can be printed out at home on A4 paper, a cotton shirt, or duvet that you no longer use and elastic. VetiGraph Face mask pattern is the best fitting one I have seen. You can download the free face mask pattern from their website and further patterns such as scrubs and boiler suits at https://fashiondigitalsolutions.co.uk/shop/
You will also need Fabric, a shirt, or duvet which you no longer use and elastic, 6mm wide elastic (Please contact Ian Steiner at FL Trimmings Ltd: firstname.lastname@example.org or +447778050959. Cut 2 x men’s 36cm, Women’s 2 x 33cm and Childrens 2 x 30cm. For added protection, you can use HEPA furnace filters or vacuum cleaner bags,
SECTION A. THE PATTERN
A4 MASK PATTERN NEST in sizes Age 3-6, Age 7-12, Women/Teens, and Men’s.
You will see four thick black solid lines. Please pick which size you require and follow the line for the appropriate size. The dotted lines are the stitch lines. If you are making more than one size, start with the larger size, use the pattern, and then cut the pattern down to the next size or you can print out enough copies for each size. There is also an insert for you to use for added protection (I have decided not to use this).
SECTION B. HOW TO CUT OUT
Cut two pairs of your chosen size, from your fabric (you will then have four pieces to work with). Don’t forget you can add inner protection as well. For the filter, you can use HEPA furnace filters or vacuum cleaner bags.
C. HOW TO MAKE UP
1. Starting with four pieces to work with and using the 1cm seam allowance, stitch the two curved fronts together on both pairs, sewing a few stitches back over a seam you’ve just sewn, either using the reverse or you can turn the workaround, to lock the seam (you will now have two pieces to work with).
2. Snip notches on the curve so that you will have a cleaner finish when you go to turn your fabric pieces inside out. Be careful not to cut into the seam you have just sewn.
3. On both pairs, use the tip of your iron on the inside (wrong side of the fabric) to press the edge of the curved seam. You can also use the end of your ironing board to shape the curve.
4. You can now fold both pieces in half at the front curved seams and press, to give them a sharp crisp edge.
5. Open up both pieces again and pin the right sides together, leaving one straight side open so that you can pull it through to the right side when stitched. Then stitch the three sides using the 1cm seam allowance, leaving one straight side open.
6. Turn the fabric through to the right side. Then push the corners out by using the end of a ruler or scissors, trying not to break the stitches (you now have one piece to work with).
7. Turn the open seam (raw edge) in by the 1cm seam allowance and pin and press-ready to topstitch the mask all the way around. Before edge stitching, fold the mask in half at the front seam, just to double-check before topstitching that both sides are even. You are now ready to edgestitch or zigzag stitch all the way around.
8. Cut a pair of elastic for the size you are making (men’s 36cm, Women’s 33cm, and Children’s 30cm).
9. You are now ready to insert the elastic by turning the two side edges back by 1.5cm inserting the elastic into the channel at the same time. Sew down each side (with the elastic inserted), making sure you lock the seam at both ends, as this will need to be very secure to support the elastic.
10. Leave the elastic untied so that the wearer can adjust the elastic according to their size so that it fits firmly around their face.
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