Washable Face Masks

I can't remember when I started collecting fabric, but I sure did collect a lot of it over the years! A lot of the fabric I've been using came from the collection of Mrs. Joan Skewes-Cox Malone, who I had the pleasure of working for when I lived in Wyoming. She passed away last November at the age of 103! She'd be very pleased with what it's being used for, and honestly, I'm glad she's not here for this madness. On to the mask.

I started with this pattern, I sized the page on my monitor to match the paper in my hand and traced pattern 1 directly onto cardstock and cut the desired shape out. That's pretty much where I abandoned the pattern and went with what worked for me, but the pattern shape is perfect in mask 1.

I used piece A for the mask sleeve and piece B for the bamboo felt insert.

Make sure your fabric is arranged front facing front so it will be the right way when you turn it right side out. Sew the bamboo pieces onto the fabric that will be the front of your mask, with the fabric inside out, sandwiched between the

bamboo, 1/8 inch from the raw edge. Sew the back pieces together, fronts facing, 1/8 inch from the raw edge.

To make the nose wire, you'll need a 5 inch strip of copper, insulated or bare. Cut a 1 inch wide strip of bamboo felt 1/2 longer than your insulated copper. Fold in half lengthwise and press. I added fusible webbing because I had it on hand, but it isn't necessary. Stitch as close to the wire as you can with it lined up against your presser foot of your sewing machine.

You should now have your 3 main mask components. Like so:

Before sewing the two sides together, attach the nose wire to the inside of the front mask pieces, the side with bamboo felt attached. You need to sew through the felt holding the wire and outer fabric, but it isn't necessary to sew the inner felt at this point. You'll need to carefully center the wire, and pause a couple times to bend the wire as you go around the curve.

With fronts facing inside, beginning with the bottom edge sew 1/8 inch from raw edge on bottom and top edges. You should end up with something like this.

Carefully turn it right side out and press.

Add a finishing stitch 1/8 inch from pressed edge except where securing the nose wire.

Fold edges to create a channel for your elastic, press and sew.

Insert elastic that is 2.5 times the length of your mask through both sides, but don't tie it, or tie only loosely. The mask can then be sized for the person who will wear it.

Secure your priceless creation in a bag or container until ready for the wash and mail or delivery.

Make your first mask for yourself to wear.

DO NOT put masks that you make for others on your face. Wash, dry and place in a fresh bag before mailing or delivering.

Wash your hands.

Help your neighbors.


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