DIY Face Mask

Pattern and Sewing Instruction for Crafting a Face Mask to Protect (Others) against Virus Infection
Social Project, Jena/ Germany, 2020.

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Model 1 is a Ninja-style version of a face mask, it is reversible and can also be worn inside out. It fits the face tightly. Creating this mask might be a bit more complicated if you are not experienced in sewing. The pattern leaves some textile waste.
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Model 2 is a surgery-style version of a face mask, it has an inner pocket and you can insert a replaceable filter material (e.g. paper tissue). Its size is more universal but it fits not so tightly. Creating this mask is quite easy. The pattern leaves almost no textile waste.
Stay healthy, help vulnerable persons, and demonstrate solidarity!

Face Mask Model 1, Download PDF here, in English and German

The PDF contains patterns in different sizes and a sewing instruction. When printing it, make sure to turn off scaling. Contact me in case you want to use an A5 printable version to create flyers for your neighborhood.
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1. Draw/copy and cut the pattern. Make sure the pattern is not scaled if you print it. 2. Choose 2 different old clothes and transfer the pattern twice on each fabric, one needs to be mirrored. 3. Add 0.5 cm seam allowance and cut the 4 pieces.
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4. Put each of the 2 pieces of cloth inside out and sew them together along the nose-chin line.
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5. Sew both fabrics together inside out, leave an opening (ca. 3-5 cm).
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7. Fold 1.5 cm on each side and sew a tunnel.
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6. Turn inside out the mask and close the opening.
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8. Attach the ribbon as you like it to hold the mask.
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That's it! be sure to keep the mask clean and to wear it correctly – as shown here. Also, keep in mind that the chosen materials may vary in their characteristics and protectiveness – you can read more about materials here.
Thanks to Britta, Steffen, and all the others who helped to develop this project!
This instructables craft project inspired Model 1.

Face Mask Model 2, Download PDF here, in English and German

The PDF contains instructions to sew face masks in different sizes. Contact me in case you want to use an A5 printable version to create flyers for your neighborhood.
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1. Choose an old piece of clothing, draw a rectangle in your preferred size and cut it. Measurements for different sizes: S – 17 x 30 cm, M – 20 x 34 cm, L – 25 x 40 cm 2. Hem the short sides, either with an overlock machine or fold in 0.5 cm and sew along.
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3. Fold the fabric inside out on the long side, sew the short sides together and leave an opening of 10 cm, then move the seam to the middle of the surface.
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4. Cut the ribbons as preferred (2 pieces for ear loops or 4 pieces for tying them at the back of the head). Measurements for earloops depending on the size: S – 20 cm, M – 25 cm, L – 30 cm Measurements for tying at the backhead depending on the size: S – 30 cm, M – 35 cm, L – 40 cm
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5. Put the ribbons inside the fabric and leave 0.5 cm outside of the corners, close the sides and turn the mask inside out through the hole in the middle.
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6. Make a zig-zag fold from each side towards the seam in the middle (2 folds on each side yield three layers in the side view).
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7. Sew over the folds along the short sides and then the mask is finished! Make sure to keep the mask clean and to wear it correctly – as shown here.
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8. If you like, insert a replaceable ‚filter‘ (e.g. paper tissue) through the opening. Keep in mind that the chosen materials may vary in their characteristics and protectiveness – you can read more about materials here.
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Thanks to Britta, Steffen, and all the others who helped to develop this project!
This YouTube video inspired Model 2.