DIY Tutorial on Homemade Filter Masks
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- Three 8" Squares of Prewashed Cotton
- Your Pattern Pieces
- Two 8" Narrow Elastics
- 4.5" Material for Nose Grip
- 8" Square of Filter Material
- Sewing Machine
- Clean Workspace & Mask for Yourself
Making do with what we have:
- Cotton-You can use New Bedsheets, Cotton T-shirts, or Quilting Fabric
- Nose Grip- You can use Three Unused Twist-Ties, Three lengths of Floral Wire, for the really crafty you can use 4.5" x 1/4" strip of Aluminum Flashing (cut with care!), or 4.5" of Aluminum Foil rolled into a tight flat band.
- Filter Material- You can use Clean Vacuum Bags cut into 8" Squares, or New MERV 14 Air Filtration Material
STEP 1: SANITIZE
Make your workspace squeaky clean! Wipe down your cutting space, sewing machine, and tools with a Disinfecting Wipe, or a Bleach Solution. Wash your hands, and remember to wear a mask as well to prevent contaminating your product.
Remember to indicate your workspace, so your other quarantine pals (especially the furry ones) don't accidentally get too helpful...and donate their germs to the cause.
Prepare your materials by pre washing & drying your cotton on high heat, so that the fabric can shrink and too remove any dust or sizing from the material.
STEP 2: PREPARE YOUR MATERIALS
Cut three 8" by 8" squares from your cotton material, if you do not have access to a washing machine you can instead steam it with an iron on the highest heat setting.
Precut two 8" lengths of narrow elastic, and a 8" square of your filter material.
Baste your layer of filter material to one of your cotton squares on the wrong side of the fabric only 1/4" away from the edge. This is now your Outer Layer.
STEP 3: LAY IT OUT
Time to Assemble! Place your Outer Layer right side up facing you, then place each elastic 1/2" away from either edge. Pin these elastics down at top and bottom.
Fold your two remaining squares in half, right sides out, and place on top of your elastics with both folded edges kissing horizontally at the center. Pin these at all four corners.
STEP 4: SEW IT ALL TOGETHER
Leaving open a 3/4" at the top edge of the pattern for the nose grip. Stitch around the entire 8" square with 1/2" seam allowance, and bartack at every intersection.
The Center flaps should be left open for additional filter material, and elastics should only be caught in the seams at the top and bottom edges of your work.
STEP 5: FLIP YOUR WORK
Clip off the corners of your square leaving 1/8" of material away from the seam. Turn inside out and lightly press your beautiful work!
STEP 8: PLEAT IT UP
Bartack three 1/2" pleats 1 1/2" down from the top edge on both sides of the mask so that they will be held securely through all layers.
STEP 7: INSERT NOSE GRIP
Starting at the far edge of the 3/4" opening stitch down approx 1/4", turn and sew a 5" long channel bartacking on both ends. You can now insert your nose grip wire.
YOU DID IT! Now is time to pack it up in a sealed Ziplock and ship it out!
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Want to learn some easy ways to speed up your sewing?
- Sew Continuously, no need to cut threads until afterwards! Prep all of your pieces and then sew all of your seams for one step at once.
- Prepare your space. Make sure you have no distractions, and a good chunk of time set aside! Make a commitment to yourself to finish a certain amount in one sitting.
- Take a break! We all want to help, and we all are feeling a bit on edge. However walking away for a bit and spending time with yourself or your quarantine pals is a much needed stress relief.
- Use what you have, finding little ways to premark your machine so that you only ever have to pull out a seam guide once, will reduce time and stress. Think less, sew more <3
- Make a pattern! If you have a manilla folder, or piece of cardstock use it to create a sturdy pattern that you can cut out many, many times.
- Phone a friend. Get you friends involved! Challenge them to a certain quantity a day. We need your help!