March 26, 2020
Step 1 : Serge (or hem) one edge of each 8x8 piece of fabric
**please note you can leave this part out if you don't need an opening
Step 2 : Lay one piece of fabric right side up on your table. At each of the 4 corners of the fabric, place one of the ties. Lay the remaining piece on top, right sides together. Pin in place.
Step 3 : If sewing mask with opening, place marks 2" from raw edge along serged/hem edge.
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 at each corner when sewing over the ties to secure in place. Be sure the remaining part 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.
Step 8 : Tie a knot at the end of each tie.
***Please note : These masks DO NOT replace actual personal protective equipment (PPE). These are not as effective as medical grade ones, but supply is short and these are better than nothing. They have an opening at the bottom to fit a filter, if available and needed. They’re for a last resort. They’ll also help you and me, but not as much as if we all stay home to protect those who can’t.
If you are in need of a mask I am sending them (for free!) to anyone. You can find information on requesting one (or more) here : : https://twolittlebeansco.com/collections/fabric-mask/products/fabric-mask
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