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COVID-19 DIY FACE MASK
-1/4″ elastic (6.5″ strips)
-Featherweight fusible lining (9″x9″)
1. Cut your fusible lining and fabric to 9″x9″. Iron lining to adhere to fabric (wrong sides together; bumpy side of lining to the wrong side of fabric).
2. Cut elastic at 6.5″ (x 2)
3. About 2″ down from the top of the fabric edge, create a horizontal pleat, press. About 1/2″ down from that pleat create another, press, then make a third. Press all three together. At this point our rectangles are about 5.25″x7″
4. Starting in the center of each side, create a rolled hem, vertically from the pleats (about 1/8″ seam allowance or the smallest you can make).
5. Sew the hem by backstitching about 1/2″ then all the way to the bottom. I have found it’s best to sew going in the direction of the pleats :). Repeat on other side.
6. At all four corners, sew the elastic on the top edge and bottom edge creating a C shape, backstitch 4-5X to secure the elastic.
7. Create yet another rolled hem to encase the elastic (the smallest seam allowance you can). Repeat on both sides.
*Optional* Create a pleat in the bottom by folding mask at the bottom. Sew about 1/2″ and backstitch.
8. Clip threads and VOILA!
These are not CDC approved but are possibly big enough to cover a real mask.
Additional Items to Consider:
Replace the lining with N95 once it becomes available again!
Add a metal nose guard!
Due to the shortage of masks at this time, CDC has recommended scarves and bandanas.
Any protection is better than nothing!
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