FREE Mask Patterns
I've had so many requests for a mask pattern so here you go! The first pattern below is one I've drafted myself. Another option is this FREE download from Cricut. (You can print the pattern directly from Design Space if you don't have a Cricut machine. Or if you have a Maker, you can cut directly from the fabric.)
**Please note at the bottom of the page, the official advice around this style of face mask**
- Tightly woven (good quality) cotton fabric measuring 24cm x 30cm
- Elastic x 60cm (around 1cm wide)
- Tape measure/ruler
- 1 x Safety pin
- Needle & thread or sewing machine
1. Lay the fabric out. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half widthways, right sides facing.
2. Stitch along the bottom open long edge with a 1cm seam allowance.
3. Turn the fabric right side out, to make a tube.
4. Make a double concertina fold, with the seamed edge on the under-side. Pin and iron the folds flat. Tack the folds in place at each end to hold them in place.
5. Turn the mask over and fold 1.5cm towards the back, on each end.
6. Machine stitch the folds in place, with a 1cm seam allowance.
7. Cut the elastic in half and thread one piece through each channel at either end using the safety pin to grip the elastic.
8. Tie the ends of elastic in a knot, then hide the knots in the channel.
**This type of mask is NOT rated for disease control. Official line is: The role of face masks is for patient source control, to reduce contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should wear a face mask until they are isolated in a hospital or at home. Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.* When professional face masks are not available, healthcare personnel might use homemade masks for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, caution should be exercised when considering this option since their capability to protect healthcare personnel is unknown.**
Here's an image of the finished Cricut Face Mask: