Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Cotton Face Masks

100 Masks Donated

My Mission:

First & foremost: all of my masks are free, and I am not taking orders. As I have batches ready, I will be delivering them to local grocery workers, and I have also been shipping them back to friends and family in New Jersey. I'm just trying to do the right thing (as time permits - I do have a full time day job!), and help out where I can. Again, I'm not taking individual requests or orders for masks, but there are plenty of people out there on Etsy selling these masks.

DIY Mask Tutorial:

I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. If you're looking for my pattern, see the free tutorial and pattern that I used from Cricut linked below. If you have a Cricut Maker it will cut the masks for you, and it is AMAZING! Otherwise, they do have a PDF version available for printing. These masks are great because they have a pocket for a filter! I have also been serging all of the raw edges of my mask, triple stitching, and top stitching to make them super durable, since they really should be washed after each use.


Adult Large: approximately 11" (27.9 cm) across & 6.5" (16.5 cm) tall 
Adult Small/Medium: approximately 10.5" (26.7 cm) across & 6" (15.2cm) tall 
Youth: approximately 9.5" (24.1 cm) across & 5.5" (14 cm) tall 
Small Youth: approximately 8.5" (21.6 cm) across & 5" (12.7 cm) tall

How to Wear your Mask:

If you can see the opening for the filters, it's inside out! The top strap is intended to go over over the top of your ears around the back of your head. The bottom strap will go below your ears behind your head and can be pinned, stitched or tied to fit.

Yes, I did use patterned fabric for the liners of some masks with solid on the exterior. This was intentional. Here is an example, on this mask, the side that faces out is plain black, and the liner is Ninja Turtles.

How to Care for your Mask:

I am making my masks with 100% cotton. As you can imagine, with craft stores in Colorado being completely closed, getting your hands on fabric quickly isn't easy. Most of your masks are made from a combination of fabric that I had on hand, paired with 100% cotton sheets (unused!!) that I am purchasing from Target.
  • Hand or machine wash with hot water & soap
  • Lay flat to dry, as they could shrink in the dryer

Why Wear a Mask?

Follow the CDC link below for more information about cloth masks. Masks are not a replacement for social distancing. Stay home as much as possible to keep each other safe and healthy! Support our front line & essential workers, be kind to your neighbors, and let your friends and family how much you love them.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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