(It helps if your mom lives with you and remembers everything she has ever learned, including how to sew, but, at least if you have a sewing machine with a cult following, there are also lots of friendly strangers on the internet who will help you out.)
This pattern starts with the one published in the New York Times but adds a few tweaks and comes with real life illustrations.
First, what you need:
- Two squares of cotton fabric cut to measure approximately 9.5â€ by 6.5â€. You do not need to cut them very well. Iâ€
ve been using an ancient sheet (Iâ€ m guessing from the 1960sâ€”my grandmother dated most of her sheets but weirdly not this one) and some calico I bought about ten years ago thinking I was going to make baby slings.
- Something to make ties. I found some ribbon Iâ€
m going to experiment with, but in the meantime weâ€ ve been using doublefold binding tape. Making it into a tie is sort of a pain, but itâ€ s weirdly satisfying.
- A sturdy twist tie, if you want to make the optional nose piece. The top piece from a bag of coffee beans is perfect.
- Some pins and possibly some tape.
- An iron is handy.
- A sewing machine, though you could do all of this by hand.
Making the Ties
To make the ties, I cut the binding tape into two pieces, each 12â€-13â€ long (again, the exact measurement isnâ€
Unfold the tape, cut it half so you have four pieces, iron it flat, and then pin it as shown above and iron it again. (NB Thatâ€
Then you sew the ties shut with what you hope will be an elegant and neat seam. Unless youâ€
Making the Mask
Put your other mask piece on top. If itâ€
Pin all the way around your mask pieces except for a gap of perhaps four inches or so on the bottom, which you donâ€
Then you end up with something that looks kind of like an actual mask!
Adding the Optional Nosepiece
Even if my twist tie is fairly sticky, I like to kind of pin it in place so I know where to sew the seams to keep it in place. Itâ€
The next step is to stitch all around the edges of your mask (and, in this case, underneath the nose piece as well). This will look particularly professional if you run out of dark-colored thread little ways in and end up with silver thread on a purple background. Again, though, it doesnâ€
Next up, youâ€
Your Finished Mask!
I wash my masks in hot water along with all my towels and linens. In the Before Times, I usually used cold water for just about everything, but Iâ€