Mask making, easy version

1. Cut three rectangles 100% cotton 6 x 9″

2. Lay two rectangles right sides together. Position third on top (it will end up inside).

3. Cut two strips of 1/4″ elastic, 7.5″

4. With right sides together and inner layer resting on top, sew all the way around except for a three inch opening for turning. Secure ends of elastic into corners of the short dimension, taking care not to catch elastic as you sew one end to another.

5. Turn “envelope” right side out

6. Pin three pleats on each end

6. Top stitch around twice.

There are other more complicated versions, but my pea brain needed something simple. (This mask example doesn’t demonstrate the inner layer).

Here’s the video of easy mask-making from Courier Press.

I washed my fabric first because my basement imparts a bit of a stink but my understanding is that hospitals will wash upon receipt.

My hope is that I can deliver these to a local hospital. Mass General, maybe.

Personal coronavirus update:

1. The guy who my son was supervising this week who is symptomatic and in quarantine doesn’t qualify for testing — meaning C won’t know definitely whether he’s been exposed. The good news is that, being in a lab, both had protective equipment on.

2. My brother reported that the CTs that he’s seeing of PUI’s (persons under investigation) are routinely showing alarmingly damaged lungs.

22 thoughts on “Mask making, easy version

    1. deemallon

      I’m gonna run out of elastic soon, too. Another version used one inch wide strips of knit jersey for ties. Bias ties would serve perhaps better.

  1. Nancy

    Good on you Dee! I spent the whole afternoon figuring out how to navigate the required training etc for work. My brain is fried.

  2. Nanette

    A great tutorial, thankyou. My Days for Girls group has put out the call, they have the channels to send them out worldwide. That might be my afternoon sorted!

  3. Anne

    On my blog, actually , but in french, the same masks! Inside, some fleece and a link.
    I take this Opportunity for saying that I like your houses and créations and I visit you each time you post on your blog!

  4. Liz A

    Last night Rachel Maddow wept as she eulogized a co-worker who just died of corona virus … I come to the Kindred Spirits each day, giving silent thanks as each one in turn is okay …

    may you be well … may your family be well … may we all be well …

    1. deemallon

      It’s the second time I’ve seen Rachel cry and I have chills and a heavy heart to think of her again this morning.

      And yes, May all sentient being be peaceful. May all sentient beings know joy, wisdom, and compassion.

  5. Joanne

    Thank you for reporting what your brother is seeing in the CT scans……will keep husband and I safe in the house . We both have lung issues and husband only one that works. This might be called the breathing virus in the history books?

    Today? Lentil soup or your pantry soup???

    1. deemallon

      Yes stay in! Even a history of bronchitis puts one at higher risk.

      We bought take out ice cream at JP Licks last night. More sugar craving gone amuck than stir crazy activity. The whole time I wondered what the f we were doing. They had the six feet strike marks and the woman at the register wiped everything with a disinfectant wipe before our transaction, and there was only one other person there, but still.

      You might be amused to know that I
      Made a celery soup so bad I might have to throw it out. Should’ve gone to grocery store for cream to add in and not for ice cream.

      1. Joanne

        We had ice cream for supper!! Great minds! I had recorded masterpiece Press and watched all six episodes. Feel like I spent the day in London. Daughter and CrossFit gang went to the ocean and had a great outing with social distancing. Spell check is learning new words!

        1. deemallon

          I wish I had your sweet pantry items. I’m going a little nuts for chocolate

  6. Tina

    Thank you .. I will work on a few tomorrow. What do you think about adding batting or interfacing??

  7. Acey

    This is one of the most productive and compassionate middle fingers to the administration that I’ve seen and participated in so far.

    1. deemallon

      Yes. Though I’m kinda hating it, too. I’m not that great of a sewer. This kind, anyway.

  8. Anne

    I am not sure that fleece is the good English name. I put Inside that matter whe put Inside a quilt. …..Happy Sunday (but all the days now are the same……)


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