Image By: Owl Be Sewing On Youtube
I was so happy when I found this face mask video tutorial by Owl Be Sewing on Youtube because it has a free printable pattern. Most masks available on today’s market are usually made from paper, however, the surgical masks in the Sixties and early Seventies were made of cloth and laundered at high temperatures. So if you are using a mask to just wear to the grocery store or for a small trip out and you want a protection barrier, a cloth mask will work fine for those purposes. In addition to that, you have the prerogative to launder it as you wish, meaning you can take extra precautions like using bleach with your laundry detergent, and also hydrogen peroxide can make a great addition to your wash. Both bleach and hydrogen peroxide are excellent disinfectants and can really make your laundry super bright and fresh. I have seen a lot of DIY masks on Youtube but I really loved this one because it has elastic rings that fit through the mask and lock behind the ears, so you can custom fit those elastic pieces so they fit very snugly, but still be comfortable. The tutorial for this mask is very simple and if you were in a pinch and did not have a sewing machine working, you could quite easily use fabric glue. However, the masks that you can make at home are not proven to protect against COVID 19 and I have only made them in a pinch to wear with another disposable mask. For in-depth information regarding how to protect yourself against DOVID 19, please view this link from the CDC Website describing all safe practices during the COVID 19 outbreak.
First, you will print your pattern from the free link and then cut your mask out.
Then, you will sew all the pieces right sides together, leaving enough of a gap to turn it right side out. The elastic earpieces are attached by just folding over, then sewing.
This is a great mask, so glad I found it because I really needed the pattern. Get the video instructions below.