In a time of crisis, a maker makes things. I’m making pleated style face masks.
One thing I do well, other than making beautiful things with fabric is to share quick and efficient, step-by-step ways to make things. So during this time of unrest and unease, I thought I would share with you how I have streamlined making of the pleated style face masks with elastic and a hole for inserting a tissue or other type of filtration material.
Note: These are NOT medically approved. These may, however, add a level of protection when used with a medically approved.
Supplies needed to make a pleated style face mask.
For each pleated face mask, you’ll need the following
- One piece of prewashed tightly woven cotton fabric 15″ x 7 1/2″.
- Two pieces of elastic @ 7″.
- A pattern made of paper or buckram, 6″ x 6 1/2″.
- A sewing machine
Watch this video to easily sew your face masks. Start and stop the video and sew your face masks along with me.
Because this pleated style face mask has a hole in the top, you can simply enclose a piece of tissue or other material as added filtration.
Check with local medical providers in your area, nursing homes, police stations, and fire stations to see where you may be able to offer the masks you are making.
Stay safe. Practice safe social distancing to protect not only yourself but others also. Together we will get through this crisis.