There’s a lot of mixed advice about wearing facemasks at the moment but we’ve started wearing them for going shopping. I figured out a pattern for a fitted facemask and I decided to share it here in case it’s helpful. Usual caveats apply, this is a homebrew mask, your mileage may vary, but I’ve found this makes a nice snug fit against my face and if it does anything to limit the spread of coronavirus then I’m all for it.
You will need:
Material for your mask
Washed and dried babywipe
A4 paper and printer
Thin wire (unfolded paperclip etc)
Needle and thread
Elastic/ elastic bands/ laces/ something for a strap
1. Print off the template you see on this page on the full size of an A4 page. This facemask template is for an adult male face, you may need to print slightly smaller for smaller faces.
2. Carefully trace around the template using the marker, then flip it over so you’re tracing the mirror image. See illustrated instructions.
3. Cut out the mask from your material.
4. Fold it in half and iron a seam along the fold.
5. Using needle and thread tack the wire right in the middle, along the seam. This is going to bend over the bridge of your nose. Tack the babywipe and elastic in place (see illustration). If you don’t have elastic a string of elastic bands or even shoelaces will do.
6. Fold over and stitch the three “gaps” together as per illustration. These seams should be on the inside, i.e. the stitch will be next to your face. You’re going to be stitching 4 layers of material at this point which is tricky.
7. Stitch up the sides. Fold the bottom edge over the second elastic and stitch into place. Now make sure any “open” parts of the mask are stitched up too.
8. Put the mask on and fold the wire firmly over the bridge of your nose. You might need to play around with it for a firm and comfortable fit. Bottom elastic should go around your neck and top elastic should go over your ears.