Here we go again… I’m a little worried but I do have hope. If you too are a ‘maker’, it gives great pleasure to think you are ‘making’ for a purpose. I have combined my sewing, designing and illustrating skills to offer up a bit of help with these Mask Patterns. Come on, let’s be a bit safer…
Here are my 5 unique Mask designs and a Mask support frame that can be worn in many designs. So far, I have had 150,000 downloads! Each one has a free downloadable pattern and instructions (some have a video) I’m sorry but I don’t sell masks as there’s just not enough time. I do know there are many gracious souls who have taken up sewing so maybe a local seamstress will welcome a new mask pattern. Then shipping will not be an issue. Hopefully one of my designs will fit your need.
I also find that the strips of t-shirt fabric make very comfortable ties and are easy to make with whatever you have on hand
The Metal Nose Pieces can also be easily made at home. Why wait for shipping?
Are you looking for a roomy mask that doesn’t squash your nose? This Ultimate Fitted Face Mask is it; yes, it may test of your some sewing skills but trust me, it isn’t as bad as it looks, and is so worth it. Get the pattern here
The choice of fabric has a lot to do with the shape and breathability of your mask. I will let you make your own decisions according to your level of exposure and risk. I have seen many opt for very thin masks but if that’s what makes them wear one it’s better than nothing.
It is shown here made of a felt like fabric used for shammys. It can be left unlined if you so desire.
If you hate how the surgical masks stick to your face this easy to make Support frame will do the trick. No fancy material needed, as you probably have some at home right now.
Download the printable pattern here.
No problem. I have put a grid of 1″ squares on the patterns so that you could draw it out if you do not have the ability to print. Draw a 1″ grid on paper and then follow from the pattern on the screen square by square as seen here. It’s a common artist method.
How to make a custom size
I have only designed my masks in one size which I liken to the typical commercial ones. I would say they are a ladies large, mens medium. If you do however want to make a different size you can use some simple math to customize it.
Use a flexible measuring tape or strip of paper and measure the part of the mask that is most important for the size. I would say it is usually the front curved height. Measure along the curve (as in the fitted mask) or even better; use a finished mask. This is the existing length.
Measure your face from the place on nose to place on the chin where you’d like it to fit. This is the desired length.
Divide the desired Length by the existing length, multiply that by 100 to get the percentage to print.
Example: 9″ ÷ 7″ = 1.28
1.28 X 100 = 128%
If the number is over 100 it will be a larger mask and under 100 will make a smaller mask than the original one.
Note; this will size the pattern piece but also the seam allowance. Make note of how it has changed or recut it with desired seam allowance. Usually the side width is easily adjustable by cutting off any excess. Most of mine have a fair width on the sides.
Yes, you see the worry in my eyes… Just like you, I can’t wait to get to a more normal way of living again, but first be safe!