Reusable Face Mask Kits - Instructions

Reusable Face Mask Kits - Instructions

Posted by Rachel & Louise on 20th May 2020

We are really excited to be launching our new make your own reusable face mask kits using our fabulous 100% cotton fabrics. We have lots of different fabric designs for men, women and children to choose from and you can theme your face mask to yourself or your family and friends. Perfect for shopping trips, the workplace or on public transport in these strange times. Makes a great quirky gift! These masks will be reusable (great for the planet!) and can be washed at 60 degrees. 2 different design options and 3 different sizes with everything you need to make 3 masks including the elastic.  We have also included detailed photo instructions below to help when you receive your kit. 

Kits costs £9.95 and include a pattern to make 3 different sizes of mask, detailed written instructions plus enough fabric to make 3 double layer masks of any size. We have included instructions for a simple fitted mask or a fitted mask with a pocket for a filter and also show you how to add a nose bridge wire for extra fit should you want to. The design means that you can choose to have ear loops or a head band depending on which you find the most comfortable. Elastic for both types is also provided. You can find our face mask kits here

We will also be selling pre printed facemask panels in fitted and pleated designs which can also be found on the website. 

Each kit will contain:

3 sizes of pattern (adult, large adult and child) to make either:

  • A simple lined mask
  • A lined mask with a pocket for a filter

Written Instruction Sheet

56cm x 50cm 100% Cotton Designer Fabric

56cm x 50cm 100% Cotton Polka Dot or Lining Fabric

Elastic for 6 Ear Loops or 3 Head Bands

Useful Info

All seams are 1cm

Fold fabric before cutting pieces so that you cut 2 at the same time (left and right side)

Cut round the pattern pieces carefully before you start

Simple lined face mask

1.Use pattern piece A only

2.Cut two from main outer fabric and two from lining fabric

3.Right sides together stitch centre front curved seam of main fabric and repeat for lining fabric

4.Press seams open

Tip: Use your iron at either end of the seam and your thumb and finger to press open the central curved area

5.On both the outer mask and the lining fold 0.5cm on the straight edges to the wrong side, press in place

6.On the lining piece only trim away the fabric along the fold line you made

7.Open out the fold you made on the outer fabric so it is flat. Right sides together pin the outer mask and lining mask together. Start by matching the centre seams (make sure they are flat) and then align the straight cut edge of the lining to the fold line you made on the outer fabric. The outer fabric should extend beyond the lining. Pin in place. Sew together along the top and bottom curved edges – leave the straight ends open. Do a few backstitches at the start and finish to secure stitching

8.Turn out and press. Use the edge of scissors or the handle of a wooden spoon or similar to push seams out as you press to get a nice crisp edge

9.Top stitch 0.5cm from pressed edge along both the top and bottom of the mask

10.At the ends fold the outer fabric over the lining along the 0.5cm fold line made earlier. Fold over another 1cm to create a channel for the elastic. Stitch in place close to inner edge

Lined mask with filter pocket

1.Use pattern pieces A, B and C

2.A (outer mask) cut two from main fabric

  B (filter pocket) cut two from lining fabric

  C (side piece) cut two from either lining fabric or main fabric or a third contrast fabric

3.Right sides together stitch centre front curved seam of main fabric A and repeat for filter pocket B

4.Press seams open.

Tip: Use your iron at either end of the seam and your thumb and finger to press open the central curved area

5.Fold 0.5cm of straight edge of filter pocket to wrong side, press fold again, press, stitch in place close to inner edge

6.On the straight edge of A and the shorter straight edge of lining C fold 0.5cm to the wrong side, press in place

7.On the side piece C only trim away the fabric along the fold line you made (see photo step 6 simple mask)

8.Open out the fold you made on the outer fabric A so it is flat. Right sides together pin the outer mask A and the filter pocket B together. Start by matching the centre seams (make sure they are flat) and then continue along the top and bottom edges.

9.Right side together align the straight cut edge of the side piece C to the fold line you made on the outer fabric A. The outer fabric will extend beyond the side piece C and side piece C will overlap the wrong side of the filter pocket B. Pin in place. (see more detailed picture step 7 for simple mask)

10.Sew together along the top and bottom curved edges – leave the straight ends open. Do a few back stitches at the start and finish to secure stitching.

Continue as with simple mask steps 8, 9, 10

Attaching elastic to mask

There are two ways to attach the elastic

1.Simple loops over ears

Cut two pieces of elastic about 14cm long

Using a safety pin thread through the channel

Adjust to fit and sew ends together by hand

Pull elastic so joined ends are hidden in middle of channel

Sew across centre of channel to hold in place

2.Elastic to go around back of head

Using a safety pin, thread a long piece of elastic down one channel and then up through the other

Try mask on with elastic around the back of your head

Adjust to fit securely

Sew ends together

Pull elastic so joined end is hidden in middle of one channel

Sew across centre of channel to hold in place

Optional extra – nose bridge wire

You will need (not included in kit)

  • narrow tape or ribbon
  • pipe cleaner or similar

Cut a piece of tape or ribbon 9cm long

Fold over the ends by about 1cm and press

Pin across the centre on the wrong side of your mask about 0.5cm down from the top edge

Stitch in place close to the two long edges creating a channel

Cut a piece of pipe cleaner about 8cm long

Turn over the ends, so there is no sharp point

Push into the channel made by the tape

You can then either sew over the short ends to secure in place, or leave open

If you leave open remove the pipe cleaner before washing

We hope that you love our face mask kits! You can use the patterns over and over again to make masks for friends and family. Just use fabrics in different designs. We sell hundreds of fabrics by the fat quarter on the website here. Please share your face masks with us. We love to see what you make! We have a dedicated facemask page over on Facebook which you can find here

Stay safe and happy sewing!

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