Face mask pattern

Much like during WWII, when youth of America were asked to search for milkweed pods so that the insides of pods could be used for stuffing for items such as life vests and other equipment, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some sewers to come up with creating sew-at-home projects, creating face masks for individual protection.

Although the patterns, are available on line, here is a simple pattern that could be used to create a craft-at home project.

Not equivalent to the popular N95 masks which are used by health care professionals, which are in short supply, the mask can easily be created if you know how to sew. And if you don’t know how to sew, you can learn a skill to fit in your personal skills “toolbox.”

While the CDC makes it clear that fabric face masks are not suitable for use in the care of COVID-19 patients, and their usefulness is a matter of debate, these masks are ... better than nothing. Use them to go out and about, or donate them.

To craft the face mask, trace the pattern onto graph paper. Fold the main fabric into halves with the right sides facing each other, then pin the pattern onto fabric, trace and cut out the fabric pieces with 1/4-inch seam allowance except on the ear side.

Cut the fabric with a 1-inch seam allowance on the ear side. 

Then sew the center line of the mask, clip curve along on the seam allowance, and turn the face mask right-side out. Top stitch. 

For the lining, repeat as the main fabric, but cut the fabric at the ear side with ZERO seam allowance. 

Place fabric and lining right sides together, lining up the center, and stitch the long edges. 

Turn right side out. Top stitch. Fold the extra top fabric over the lining, creating a pocket. Finally, insert elastic cord into pocket.

Full instructions for the pattern may be found at www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern.

For a video tutorial on how to make a Mercy One face mask, visit  www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrFmduWdXVM.