Now that the sewing bug has bitten me, I’ve decided to try another style of face mask — one that has no pocket for a filter, and no casing with ties. Instead it has pleats and an elastic to go around the ears. It is possibly a bit less complex.

This one is a combination of a few styles that I’ve seen and has been personalized by Audities’ tweaking.

As with the previous batch, I do one step at a time on multiple pieces before moving on to the next step.

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Start with two layers of cotton.  I find it convenient to have two different colours or patterns. Cut them about 7 X 9 or 8 X 10. Or whatever suits the size of your piece of fabric. Place them wrong sides together.
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With a hot iron fold in all sides twice, finishing up with the long sides folding over the shorter ends. No need to measure — just eyeball it.

 

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Fold in half lengthwise, with insides together and make a sharp crease with the iron.
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This is what the inside looks like.
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Fold each side in half and line the edge up with the centre crease. Iron in two new creases.
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Here is the inside view showing all three creases equally spaced apart.
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Here is the outside view showing the three crease marks.
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Starting at the side closest to you, fold up along the full length to form a pleat and pin.
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Fold up the other two creases to form a total of three pleats.
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This is the inside view of the three pleats. Press well to form sharp creases.
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Cut two pieces of elastic about 6 1/2 – 7 inches long for each mask. In retrospect, I think they could be a bit shorter. It will depend too on the stretch of the elastic. This is what I had on hand — left over from my days of teaching Stretch & Sew at BouClair. 😉
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Insert elastics within the folded hems at each end, being careful to make sure both ends are the same side up. I placed them so as to have the plush side next to the body, but it doesn’t really matter.
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Stitch along the four sides, being sure to catch the elastic securely in place. Pay attention also that the pleats lie flat as you stitch.
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The finished view of the right side.
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Here is the inside view.
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Eight more Easter Egg face masks. So long as you don’t get egg on your face, you’re all set. 😉

2 thoughts on “Masking-Up, Take Two — A Tutorial

  1. These look great and much simpler than others I have seen. I don’t have much fabric anymore so will have to dig through my wee stash!

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