March 26, 2020
Step 1 : Serge (or hem) one edge of each 8x8 piece of fabric
**Tip - you can cut your fabric along the selvage end, therefore there will be no need to serge or hem, it's alredy done for you! You can also skip this part if you don't need an opening.
Step 2 : Lay one piece of fabric right side up on your table. At each of the sides perpendicular to the serged/hemmed edge, place 2 ties near the corners. I offset the ties ~1/2 inch from the actual corner of fabric. Lay the remaining piece on top, right sides together. Pin in place.
Step 3 : To sew mask with opening, place mark along serged/hemmed edge to create a 3-4 inch gap.
Step 4 : Starting at one mark, sew all the way around the mask using a 1/4" seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end and when sewing over the ties to secure in place. Be sure the remaining length of each of the ties is out of the way. Stop sewing at the other mark to leave an opening in which a filter and/or additional layer of fabric can be inserted.
Step 5 : Clip corners, turn right side out and iron.
Step 6 : Make 3 pleats and pin in place.
Step 7 : Sew along pleated edges being sure to secure each pleat by backstitching 2-3x. Continue to top stitch along top of mask (edge without opening)
Step 8 : Tie a knot at the end of each tie.
***Please note : These masks DO NOT replace actual personal protective equipment (PPE).
If you are in need of a mask you can find information on purchasing one (or more) here : https://twolittlebeansco.com/collections/fabric-mask/products/fabric-mask
(purchasing a mask is allowing me to continue sewing and donating masks for healthcare workers and for others on the front lines - thank you for making this possible! If you are a healthcare professional in need of mask(s), please contact me directly or use code 'HERO' to receive one at no cost)
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