For those wishing
to help in the creation of cotton masks to help ease the pressure on the
supplies needed for those on the frontlines in the COVID-19 pandemic, the
Duneland YMCA offers this pattern.
This is an
adaptation of the face mask pattern by The Turban Project. It is adapted to
add a channel for a flexible metal nosepiece, a pocket for a filter, and
side channels for replaceable elastic straps.
Cotton quilting fabric, quilt binding double fold bias tape (you may cut
your own from the mask fabric), elastic (1-2mm cord/beading elastic, 1/8 or
1/4 flat elastic all work), and 16 gauge craft wire (you need wire
cutters). If you dont have wire, just make the slot for it to be inserted
Be sure to wash
your fabic in hot water prior to sewing.
1. Cut cotton
quilting fabric into three 9x7 inch rectangles. One of these will be the
filter pocket, the other two will layer to be the front of the mask. Be sure
not to use a dark color as the filter pocket as sometimes the color can
bleed onto skin. White or a light color are a good choice for skin contact.
2. Sew a three-step
zigzag stitch on one of the 9 sides of the rectangle being used for the
filter pocket then go back over it with a straight stitch to reinforce.
Alternately, if you have a serger, use that. The point is to prevent fraying
of the fabric.
3. Cut a 6 strip
of double fold bias tape, open the middle and sew a simple hem on each end.
You can also use scraps of your fabric to make bias tape. If you make your
own, you will need a 3x6 piece of fabric. Fold in the top and bottom of the
long sides to create the open piece of bias tape, then hem the ends as
described above. This will be used to make a channel for the removable wire
4. Stack the two
pieces of fabric being used for the front of the mask together and wrap the
bias tape around the top, centering it on the fabric. Sew it along the
bottom so it creates a channel for the wire nose piece to fit in.
5. Stack the fabric
for the pocket and the double piece of fabric for the front of the mask
together with the front sides together. Sew around the fabric starting and
stopping at the nosepiece channel. The area where the nosepiece channel is
should be left open.
6. Turn the fabric
right-side out. Create 3 evenly spaced pleats across the front of the mask.
All three pleats should be going the same direction. Pin or clip each side
of the pleat at the ends to temporarily secure. Sew down each side, about
3/4 from the end.
7. Cut 4 strip of
bias tape or cut a 3x4 piece of fabric that matches the front of the mask
and fold it into a custom piece of bias tape. Fold in the ends, wrap around
the sewn ends of the pleats and sew straight down. This will cover the
pleats, giving it a more complete look and also create a channel in which to
insert elastic ear bands.
8. Cut two 9
pieces of elastic and feed it through the side channels (use the same wire
to create a long needle to help thread the elastic through or use a pen or
knitting needle to push it through.) Knot each end and hide the knot inside
the channel. (Note: if a tighter fit is desired, the elastic can be
shortened by knotting again. Knots in elastic cannot be easily removed, so
once you have your knot, it cannot be removed. Cut a 6 piece of 16 gauge
wire. Using needle
nose pliers, bend
each end into a small loop to make it easier to insert and remove the wire
without getting caught on the fabric. Slide it inside the nosepiece channel.
Care: The wire nose
piece should be removed before laundering. The masks can be washed in warm
or hot water and tumble dried.
The masks should be
washed in hot water before using to shrink them up just a bit and improve
Drop Box at YMCA
A drop box for
donations of completed masks and/or necessary supplies has been placed at
Duneland YMCA front door. Donations will be picked up daily and distributed.
Completed masks will be delivered to regional health related organizations;
supplies to make masks will be evenly distributed to sewing volunteers. If
youre unable to visit the Y drop off location, Dave Kasarda will pick them
up. For more information contact Dave Kasarda a email@example.com.
The Duneland Family
YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton.