I actually started reesearch for this blog this spring when Covid-19 first presence in march. But Norway decided that facemasks is to difficult to use for the people of Norway, I kind of hung it right here. But now with Covid on the rise because traveling for a Norwegian is part of our basic needs😉.
After 1,5 weeks of recommendation to use masks in public transport , single use masks are to be found everywhere in the streets. You should think that disposing thrash into a trashcan shouldn’t be that hard, but obviously it is. One solution is to make your own fabric mask ❤️ It´s inexpensive, better for the invironment and better for your health. Yes breathing toxins from the prodution of single use masks have not been reesearched yet, but still other reesearch done from enveironmental toxins that we wear, eat and breathe does affect our health as a coctail effect we still does not know to what extent… I like to practise a better safe than sorry approch. If you want to do the same I suggest useing organic fabric, preferably dyed organic or with plant colors as well. If not just make sure you have washed it really well before you use it.
First is the choice of material, the ones that are proven to have the best effect according to medicalnewstoday.com is tightly woven cotton of 600 threads pr inch, and 2 sheets of chiffon made from polyester and spandex filter out 80-99% of partricles
Other materials that have done good is tightly woven cotton, (no, do not use a BANDANA) plus natural silk or flannel, and cotton quilt with cotton-polyester batting. Filters that have performed well is vacuum cleaner filters(not recommended in Norway) and Zwiffer refill dust cloths. It gets kind of technical when the best combination is a positively charged fabric and a negative charged fabric, but thats why you want to combine cotton with silk or a synthetic fiber. Anyhow what materials you choose, FIT of the mask is everything, it needs to be snug.
Materials NOT to use, include knits, because they stretch and make the fabric have more filtration. So no tshirt and sock masks should ever be made and used.
I made this fitted mask pattern that graded in 3 sizes. I find my 6 year old fit the small, myself the medium and my hubby the Large
What you need
- Printed pattern on A4 paper
- Paper scissors
- Fabric scissors
- Woven cotton fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
- Filter fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm (silk or polyester chiffon) I will use polyester originally made to filtrate pollen
- Polyester or silk fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
- Elastic band 6 mm
- Metal tread ( 8 – 10 cm)
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Iron board
What to do
1. Use the paper scissor and cut out the preferred size
2. Iron the fabrics, remember different temperature for different fabrics
3. Fold the fabric, remember to fold with the direction of the tread in the fabric.
4. Pin the pattern on the fabric and cut around. Do the same with all the fabric layers
5. Pin together the mask front and sew a seam with 1 cm seam-allowance. Do the same with all the pieces
6. Iron down the middle of the seam, so the edges fold to each side. Use the edge of your Iron board. Do the same on all the pieces except. Remember the right temperature to each fabric
7. Cut small triangles in the seam allowance along the curvy seam on all pieces.
8. Pin the front of the mask together with the back with the seams facing out. Then fasten the filter ontop of the front with the seam-allowance facing inwards.
9. Sew a seam over the 3 layers on top of the mask and on the bottom with 1 cm allowance.
10. Cut off extra fabric on nose and chin.
11. Turn the face mask inside out.
12. Iron the edges.
13. Fold the metal wire after the shape of the nose.
14. Insert the metal wire and pin the edges down, marking with a pin where is starts and ends.
15. Sew one seam with stitches 4 mm, 0,3 cm from the edge. When getting to the wire sew around it at approx 0,75 cm.
16. Sew a topstitch seam on the bottom of the mask as well, 4 mm, 0,3 from the edge.
17. Pin all the 3 layers down in the remaining openings and sew a seam on both sides.
18. Try on the face mask and measure around the head (or around the ears) from one edge to another with a measuring tape. Measure the width of the mask. Add all the measures together and then add 2 cm. Size Large can look like this 43 cm (back head)+ 32 cm(neck) + 7 cm (side length) + 2 cm (seam allowance) = 84 cm. Cut the elastic band in the total measurement. Or you can just make a rough cut at 84 and avoid the math.
19. Measure 1,5 cm, fold 0,5 cm around the elastic band, fold again so the measure is 1 cm. Iron and pin down. Make sure the elastic is loose and away from any pin.
20. Sew 0,2 cm from the edge with a 0,4 mm stitch. Repeat on the other side.
21. Try on the face mask to adjust the length of the elastic band. Then pin the ends together, let them overlap at 1 cm. Sew a zigzag seam back and forth to fasten. Adjust the elastic to hide the seam within one of the sides.
FINITO 💚👌🏼 enjoy your custom fitted face mask. Now you can experiment with all kinds of printed fabric or colors to match your outfits. Bring some FUN into Facemasks. They might be around for a while
STAY SAFE 😷✌🏼