As the crisis we are facing deepens there’s an ongoing debate about whether the wearing of masks is effective against Covid-19.

We are not advocating the wearing of masks either way, nor are we endorsing this as the definitive pattern for making them either, but the lovely Paula Doyle, who many of you will know as an accomplished patchwork and quilter, as kindly shared the pattern she is using.  (apologies Paula if the pictures are a little awry).

Please follow the instructions carefully and stay safe!   Support your local online quilt shops too- we want to be able to shop when we are released back into the wild don’t we!

Personal Face Mask Pattern .. as designed by Paula Doyle.

Corona Personal Face Mask pattern – This face mask is totally washable. You can insert a reusable Dry Wipe into the internal pocket for extra protection, and has side loops built in for ties or replacement bands.

To make this face mask you will need:

1 piece of Fabric A (exterior – plaid batik) cut 9” x 12 1/2”

1 piece of Fabric B ( pocket – floral batik) cut 8” x 11”

1 piece of Fabric C (side loops) cut 2 1/2” x 9 1/2”

1 piece of flannel (for insulation) cut 8 1/2” x 6”

2 pieces of 1/4” wide elastic (ear loops ) each 9 1/2” long 2 long laces ( option for tying on the mask )

or replacement elastic bands

1 empty large Aurifil thread spool 6” long piece of thin ribbon or cord

Step 1 – Fold and press Fabric A in half so it measures

9” x 6 1/4” when folded.

Lay Fabric A flat and pin the piece of flannel to the wrong side of

Fabric A, lining up one of the long sides to the line of the pressed

fold, and centre so that there is a 1/4” margin of fabric at the

sides and bottom of flannel.

Step 2 – Prepare pocket: Fold Fabric B in half, right sides together, then stitch sides and bottom with 1/4” seam, leaving an opening at the centre bottom for turning pocket right side out.

Step 3- Stitch top of pocket 1/4” away from top edge, then pin

pocket into place onto right side of Fabric A, centred over

flannel, with the top of the pocket 1/4” away from fold in Fabric

A, and 3/4” away from each side.

Step 4 – Stitch pocket in place through all thicknesses.

This is what the pocket will look like on the reverse side:

Step 5- Fold and press 2 1/2” x 9 1/2” piece of Fabric C in half

lengthwise, stitch raw edges together using 1/4” seam allowance

to form a fabric tube then centre and press seam allowance

open.

Step 6 – Slip stitch 6”long piece of narrow ribbon at one end of

the fabric tube.

Step 6 – Thread tube onto the empty Aurifil spool, and insert the end of the ribbon/cord through the centre hole of the spool.

Step 7 – Pull the end of the ribbon/cord , pulling the fabric tube

through the spool to turn it right side out.

Step 8 – Stitch 1/4” away from edges of tube, and press.

Step 9 – Rotary cut tube into six 1 1/2” pieces for the mask side

loops.

Press each side loop in half:

Step 10 – Attach elastic to edges of the mask at the centre fold and then 1/4” away from the bottom raw edge.

Step 11 – Stitch the six loops in place at the side edges of the

mask, top ones next to the fold, bottom ones a generous 1/4”

from the bottom raw edge of the mask, and the centre ones with

1 1/2” left open either side.

Step 12 – Bring loops next to each other, forming pleats on the pocket end of the mask in the 1 1/2” space between the loops and securing with clips.

Step 13- Stitch pleats in place within the 1/4” seam allowance, using your walking foot. Pleat other side of mask too.

Step 14 – Fold mask in half, right sides of fabric together, re-

positioning clips, pin as needed, then stitch on sides and bottom

through all thicknesses (use walking foot), leaving an opening for

turning at the centre bottom of the seam.

Step 15 – Turn face-mask right side out.

Face mask can also be used by threading long laces through the side loops and tying around head. Side loops can also be used for threading through replacement elastic bands.

About the Corona Personal Facemask:

This facemask is primarily designed to protect other people from the person wearing the mask, such as people caring for vulnerable individuals .

Fabric choices: Choose batik fabrics to make the mask if possible, because batiks are lightweight and have a finer hand than other fabrics, while at the same time being tightly woven. When finished the mask will be comprised of 4 layers of batik fabrics (two layers of outer Fabric A, and two layers in the internal pocket of Fabric B), and one layer of flannel in the lining. The flannel layer is designed to make the mask more absorbing.

Washing: Facemask can be washed by hand or by machine using antibacterial laundry detergent or powder according to the product used. Facemask should be washed daily when in use, so having two masks is recommended.

Pocket: Internal pocket can be used to insert a dry wipe for added effectiveness.

Please remember this is Paula Doyles design.

Stay safe everyone!

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