Face masks – how to sew them?

Face masks are currently one of the most desired items. They are used not only by healthcare workers but also by those who want to take care of their safety. What is more, they work well in winter, when the air quality drops dramatically. In times when it is difficult to get a face mask, it is worth thinking about how to do it yourself.

Face masks made out of cotton satin fabric printed by CottonBee
Face masks made out of cotton satin fabric printed by CottonBee

Face masks and their functions

Primarily, face masks serve a medical function of protecting the nose and mouth against all pathogens. Wearing them reduces the risk of viral infections efficiently. They are intended not only for doctors or medical staff but also for ordinary people who want to take care of their health. Masks can also be used by children. Such additional elements protect against transmission of microorganisms or viruses.

The main idea of a face mask is to protect the user against the transmission of dangerous diseases via droplets. Additionally, it minimises the transmission of coronavirus. Protective masks are easy to use, do not cause discomfort or hinder breathing. Highly flexible models are the most comfortable as they do not have to be tied at the back of the head. Another considerable advantage is their high durability and resistance to types of damage.


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However, it is worth remembering that masks have to be changed if they are to be worn day and night. Face masks can only be used for a limited time. Unfortunately, wearing masks alone does not completely protect the body against viruses. It is also worth to introduce other prophylactic elements into the daily routine. Regular and meticulous washing of hands and face, as well as avoiding touching the nose or eyes are the basis for greater health safety.

Face masks – how to make them?

The most significant advantages of a protective face mask are its practicality and wearing comfort. However, to serve its purpose, it is necessary to put it on correctly. Otherwise, the body will not be protected against viruses or microorganisms.

It is quite simple to make a mask on your own, which is why everyone, even those without sewing skills, can create it. You can also sew it manually, without the help of a sewing machine. It only requires a little more patience. To create one, you can use various materials such as interlining cloth, microfibre cloth or dust bag fabric, as well as rubber bands, tape measure, scissors and tape. It is also worth investing in a new textile that will ensure an attractive and original look of the mask. Thanks to that, this pro-healthy addition will be an exciting accessory, which not only protects against infections but also decorates the wearer.


It is quite simple to make a mask on your own, which is why everyone, even those without sewing skills, can create it. You can also sew it manually, without the help of a sewing machine. It only requires a little more patience. To create one, you can use various materials such as interlining cloth, microfibre cloth or vacuum dust bag fabric, as well as rubber bands, tape measure, scissors and tape. It is also worth investing in a new textile that will ensure an attractive and original look of the mask. Thanks to that, this pro-healthy addition will be an exciting accessory, which not only protects against infections but also decorates the wearer.

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Where to get a filter for your face mask? Scientists confirm that coffee filters work quite well as they can filter from 40 to 50% of particles. Another solution could be a microfibre cloth, which is the best pick for a sick person who does not want to infect the healthy ones around them. You can also use vacuum cleaner filters. Their performance is mainly based on stopping viruses that leave the infected body. Though, there is no proven evidence that they protect against the microorganisms entering our respiratory system from the outside.

How to sew a face mask?

1. Cut two 20cm x 19cm rectangles out of the previously prepared fabric.

2. Mark fold lines for overlaps on the shorter edge of the fabric every: 3cm, 3cm, 1,5cm, 3cm, 1,5cm, 3cm. Leave 4cm of fabric near its end in reserve.

3. Fold so that the first two 3cm lines overlap. Create the rest of the overlaps by matching the 1,5cm lines with the subsequent 3cm lines.

4. Iron the overlaps and either pin them together or sew using a tacking stitch.

5. Fold the two pieces of fabric together right side inwards and sew the top edge with a straight stitch. Leave an approximately 8cm wide unstitched opening at the bottom edge of the mask.

6. Slide the straps or rubber bands through the unstitched side edges, pinning them in the corners of the face mask.

7. Sew the side edges of the mask together, at the same time sewing in the straps or rubber bands.

8. Turn the mask out through the pocket at the lower edge.


Personalised face mask fabrics

Personalised sewing fabrics are a great way to turn a regular and plain medical mask into a decorative element of your outfit. Designing a sewing fabric is also a fascinating solution. However, it is worth remembering that those woven and knitted fabrics have to hold the OEKO-TEX certificate, which is the world’s leading textile safety mark. Products bearing this mark are sure to be free of substances harmful to human health. Natural fabrics made of high-quality Polish cotton are a perfect and safe fabric for your masks.

Fabrics printed by CottonBee

A respiratory mask fabric that you have designed yourself is undoubtedly a guarantee of originality. Custom sewing fabrics are designed step by step. What has to be done? Just send a graphics file with your design, choose the type and size of the fabric, pick how the pattern is to be repeated, specify the size of a single repetition, and lastly add the product to the cart.

Paulina

Content writer, amateur photographer, sewist after work.

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