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Who thought that wearing masks on a daily would become a normal thing?! With Christmas coming up, here’s a DIY Face Mask with Center Seam that would make a practical handmade gift idea.
Wearing masks when you’re sick in Asian countries is kind of a norm, but who knew that it would become a mandatory daily thing in the U.S.A?! Hopefully, we won’t have to wear masks on the daily forever, but flu season is here and I don’t see an end to mask wearing anytime soon. So, making DIY Face Mask with Center Seam would make a great handmade gift idea.
Keep in mind, these are made with quilting cotton and cannot compare to an N95 mask, which should be reserved for healthcare workers. That being said, in a recent study by Duke University, the N95 mask with no valve is the best choice, the disposable surgical mask second, and a double/triple layered cotton mask came in third (this is where we’re at), with neck gaiters and bandanas at the bottom.
If you want more protection, I did try this DIY face mask over a disposable center seam surgical mask and was still able to breath without trouble. I also tried adding a metal nose strip, but it created too much of a seal and the mask was pulled to my face when breathing.
Before we get to the DIY Face Mask with Center Seam, it’s day 3 of the Festive Christmas Ideas Event! I’ve teamed up with a group of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season. You’ll find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll down to find all the handmade ideas linked at the bottom for even more gift ideas!
DIY Fabric Face Mask with Center Seam – Handmade Gift Idea
The pattern for this was taken from an existing store bought surgical seam mask. I prefer this type of mask because it doesn’t tickle my nose like the pleated ones.
- cotton woven quilting fabric - prewashed and ironed
- 1/8" or 1/4" flat elastic - cut into 8" long pieces
- paper or cardstock for pattern template
- face mask pattern
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- sewing pins
- pen or fabric pen
- Download the DIY Face Mask with Center Seam Pattern. Cut out.
- Place pattern onto folded fabric and trace around it. Flip the pattern, and do another tracing. One will be the inside lining and the other the outside of the mask. Note: I should have ironed my fabric with right sides together here. I could have skipped step 5 if I had done this.
- On one set, make sure to mark on the right side of the fabric where the elastic straps should be placed. Keep the markings inside the 1/4" seam allowance. It's also a good idea to mark which side is the top of the mask.
- Within each traced pattern, pin the fabric together and cut out. There should be four cut out pieces.
- Flip the pieces so right sides are together and pin pieces together. Sew a 1/4" seam down the nose portion of the mask. Repeat with the second set. Trim off excess fabric to reduce bulk.
- Open both pattern pieces. Pin the elastic in place on the marked pattern piece.
- Pin both pattern pieces together, right sides facing together. Make sure to pay attention to match the center seam and corners of the mask when pinning.
- Sew the pieces together with a 1/4" seam. Make sure to leave a two inch opening/space to turn the piece right side out.
- Iron/press the edge of the mask and the open seam.
- Starting at the open seam area, do a 1/8" top stitch around the entire edge of the mask. This should close the opening and ensure the two pieces won't slip around.
- Now, it's ready to be gifted. Make two or three and add to a gift basket with some hand sanitizer or mask sprays.
- You can cut the elastic pieces 11" in length to allow people to tie knots and adjust the length of elastic for their face size. I tend to find 8" fits most people, so that's the length I cut the elastic.
- Amazon also sells elastic cords with adjustable buckles for masks (linked below).
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Metal Nose Strip for Masks, Aluminum Nose Strip Nose Bridge Strip for Face Masks, 90MM Adhesive Metal Strip Straps Wire for DIY Face Mask Making Accessories for Sewing Crafts (100Pcs)
Hollosport Elastic Cord for Masks 1/4 Inch White, 30M Oblate Soft Elastic String Rope Band for Craft Sewing, Prime Delivery
10 Yards 1/4 inch Flat Quality Soft and Durable Elastic Bands, Cords for Face Masks and Sewing. (White)
Elastic String Bands for M-a-s-ks Sewing - 1/4 inch Adjustable Elastic 50pcs White and 50pcs Black
SOWL Mask Shield + Sanitizer and Advanced Moisturizer Spray - 3-in-1 Action, Alcohol-Free Formula - 15mL, Unscented
Suave Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Based Kills 99.9% of Germs 10 oz,Pack of 6
Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray: Coconut and Lemon, Travel Size, 2 Ounce, 6 Count