Below are some instructions work well for coverage and don't provide large gaps up by the nose. However, you can make any style you'd like.
If you have any questions, please give us a call!
J Mask instructions are below, this is a slighly more involved sewn facemask, but contours to the face better. With the addition of the wire above the nose, it fits nice and snug while still allowing for breathing room. Simple machine washing is sufficient for cleaning masks, but if you want to sterilize it, boil in water for 10 minutes.
As a bonus, I've included a pattern for an American Girl/18" doll mask. The original pattern that I began with is from CraftPassion, Link is HERE. She has excellent step-by-step instructions, a video and lots of photos.
These are my quick directions, I'm not a pro blogger or anything, so if you are unclear, please visit the CraftPassion link above for more detailed instructions. I've made a few minor modifications of my own included in the directions below.
- Cloth (Consider recycling old shirts/dresses, sheets/pillowcases, flannel shirts), 100% cootton is best
- Thin metal wire (optional) for nose area (paper clip, beading wire, pipe cleaner)
- Elastic, ribbon, cording, shoelace or t-shirt string (for tie)
- Of course, sewing machine, scissors, thread, iron, chalk or marking pen, pins, safety pin, measuring tape/ruler
- Filter material or mask to insert in to “pocket” (optional - can use a surgical mask, vaccuum cleaner bag, coffee filter or other filtration material)
I am a big fan of ironing – everything! This prevents fabric rolling/wrinkling or other very avoidable mistakes. Just keep your iron on and a spray bottle with water nearby and you don’t have to worry about your iron running dry.
Pin mask pattern to double layer pressed cloth. Cut out. Fold on fold line, repeat for the lining fabric.
Pin right sides together, sew along the curve. Clip along stitching, DO NOT cut through stitch line. Press open. Topstitch close to the seam, on side of pressed seam.
Press ½” on wrong side of lining fabric. You can even double this over if desired. Stitch near raw edge. Pin right sides of mask fabric together.
Stitch ¼” inch to ½” from edge along top of mask and bottom. Clip top nose area to ease.
Turn right side out. Now you can see the lining creates a “pocket” that extra filtration material could be inserted into. Press open, making sure all seams are pressed open. Top stitch ¼” from edge of top and bottom of mask.
Iron 1/8” fold, then fold over until just touches the pocket lining and press firmly. Stitch near lining but DO NOT catch the lining in your seam (or your pocket will be closed!)
Bend edges of wire so they are not poking. Insert into top casing/seam.
Thread elastic, cording, t-shirt yarn, ribbon or whatever you are using through sides. Make sure to have ends be at the lower neck for proper fit. If using elastic, you can just knot it and hide the knot in the casing.