For a downloadable, PDF document of these instructions, download here – AnnsFacemasks
Ann suggests you do not iron the shopping bag fabric, it may alter the water resistant quality.
And that all seams are 1/4″.
- Reusable shopping bag from Woolworths, Aldi etc.—Outer mask
- Polycotton—middle of mask
- 100% Cotton—absorbent layer next to face
- Nose strip—I used Twistable Soft gardening Ties
- Cotton tape or elastic for securing mask to your face.
Cut fabric 7.5 inches by 8 inches—one of each fabric
Cut two side tabs for tape channels, about 2 inches by 4 inches from reusable shopping bag fabric. These tabs must be wide enough to accommodate tape for securing mask.
- Sew short sides (7.5”) of fabric together with the reusable shopping bag in the middle of the cotton and polycotton.
- Turn fabric to right with the reusable shopping bag fabric on one side, 100% cotton on the other side and the polycotton –green in the middle
- Topstitch theses two 7.5″ edges close to edge.
- Determine the centre of your mask
- Place the nose strip in the centre of one of the finished edges
- Using a zipper foot sew a channel to accommodate the nose strip firmly.
- Stitch along the open edges to secure all edges
- With the shopping bag fabric facing you create three pleats. Pleats must go from head to toe so that any droplets will not be caught in the folds.
- Do not use pins on the shopping bag fabric—pins may create holes which would reduce the water resistant quality of the fabric. I used hair pins but you may have other clips
- Finished width is about 3”.
- Sew pleats in place.
- Sew side channels onto face mask
- Turn fabric to right side folding under a seam allowance –sew
- Channel must accommodate your choice of tape or elastic.
- Insert tape or elastic to channel.