Folded Face Mask Pattern

  • Folded face mask pattern
  • Folded face mask pattern worn
  • Completed mask worn

First off, I’m not a doctor nor a scientist. This is just my opinion based on the research I’ve found available on the internet. I am not recommending anything to anyone, just sharing what I did for myself as well as some of the reasons behind my decision and beliefs.

Pattern I’ve made to create my own masks is based on 3 piece style mask by Shannie Makes. Her original pattern has too many seams for my liking. Also, they are unnecessary when working with unwoven materials as they don’t fray. On top of it, less needle holes in the mask should allow it to filter particles a bit better.

DIY masks are not proper protection masks. Best that such mask can do is partially protect people and things from getting sprayed with the wearers spit. It’s not the best but it does help in combination with other safety actions.

Don’t allow DIY masks to give you a false sense of security. They are very unlikely to protect you from a close contact with an infected person if other safety actions are skipped.

Also, no mask is effective in its protection if it doesn’t fit properly and/or if it’s not used properly.
Wash your hands! Don’t touch your face! Avoid people!
Stay safe! 🖤🖤🖤

Based on the research papers I’ve read as well as mask maker processes and specifications, it is my opinion that unwoven materials are a better option for filtering virus size particles in comparison to most woven and knitted materials.

For bacteria and viruses, masks catch them literally like a net. If the particles are larger than the holes in the material, they will get caught. Unwoven fabrics have a much more chaotic structure of fine fibers as compared to woven and knitted materials which is why I believe they have a higher chance of catching particles.
Polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyethylene and polyester unwoven materials are used in making of protective masks.

For my own masks, I’ve used unwoven polyethylene photo backdrop fabric because that’s the only unwoven that I have at hand. With this situation, better filter materials such as HEPA or similar fine filter materials are not available to me, at the moment.

Yes, such masks aren’t washable and some research suggests that washing masks (with both soap and water and alcohol), lowers the protective capabilities of proper protective masks.
On the other hand, other research suggest that letting the masks dry off, for a long enough period of time, will simply result in virus dying. This will make the mask safe to use again.

Personally, I’ve made 6 double layer masks, per person, to allow enough time to have them dry between rare times that I do have to go outside.

How to sew the folded face mask

Making folded face mask sewing ties

For sewing of the mask, use a fine sharp needle and fine thread.

Cut strips of chosen material as instructed on the folded mask pattern.

Fold the strip in half and sew together close to the cut edge.

Making folded face mask sewing reinforcing ties

Do the same for the other side of the fabric strip.

This will strengthen and stabilize face mask ties.

Folded face mask pattern

Print out the mask pattern and cut it out. Cut out the sewing template as well.

Lay the pattern on the chosen material and cut out as many as you like or need.

Notch the material on all positions where the pattern needs to be folded.

Folding the face mask material before sewing

With all pattern pieces cut out of fabric, start making masks by folding one of its sides on the fold notches.

Check the folded shape by placing the material over the original pattern piece. Adjust if needed.

With one side folded in place, lay the sewing template over it by matching the template edge to the material edge. Clip in place (Avoid pins).

Sewing the angled seam using the seam template

Following the template, sew the angled seam line through the material.

If you are skilled enough, the angled seam line can be sewn without using the template. Just keep it’s general shape.

This seam will build out the shape od the mask.

Mask shape formed

We need to fold and sew the other side of the mask in the same way.

With this, we have the general shape of the mask made.

Tie position placement

Mark the positions for ties on all masks.

Cut finished strips in equal quarters to prepare them for sewing on the masks.

Sewing ties to masks

Positions the ties on the tie markings.

They don’t have to be deeper than 1cm/3/8″

Sew them on using a straight stitch to secure them in place.

Adding nose wire to masks

Adding a nose wire on a DIY mask is tricky but they allow for a better fit and a better fit means better protection.

There are many different things that can be used to create the nose wire and many different techniques on how to attach them to the mask.

Personally, I took steel wire, bent the ends and glued them on with a glue gun. Covering them with a small strip of the same mask material made it possible to hold the wire more securely on the mask. Without it, the wire would pop off when I’d bend it to fit the mask on over my nose.

I would recommend experimenting with different materials that can easily be need into shape but can also keep the shape as well.

Completed mask worn

DIY masks are not proper protection masks. Best that such mask can do is partially protect people and things from getting sprayed with the wearers spit. It’s not the best but it does help in combination with other safety actions.

Don’t allow DIY masks to give you a false sense of security. They are very unlikely to protect you from a close contact with an infected person if other safety actions are skipped.

Also, no mask is effective in its protection if it doesn’t fit properly and/or if it’s not used properly.
Wash your hands! Don’t touch your face! Avoid people!
Stay safe! 🖤🖤🖤

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