Face Mask Info

Three basic styles of face masks:

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Close-fitting Mask

AKA, the so-called “Olson Mask“.  Patterns above are Craft Passion (lower) and Crafty Quilter (above). More links are listed below.

Accordion, or pleated, Mask

You all know what this looks like.  Deaconness Hospital has a good tutorial.

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The above tutorial, from Eileen Fisher, is also helpful and is for basic sewers.

The Shaped Mask

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Orange Dot Quilt’s free mask (shown above) (or the Washington Post, shown below)  I’m using Dora’s picture (without permission) as I got into a major tussle with someone on IG about how the mask didn’t cover (admittedly, it was a lame photo of me).  Here you can clearly see how well it covers. If you make this one in batiks or Art Gallery fabrics (very closely woven) along with one layer of interfacing, you’ll have very good coverage.

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Use Batiks for masks

I’ve recently used a combined pattern (listed on the first link below) of Crafty Passion and Crafty Quilter: Crafty Quilter for the method and Crafty Passion for the mask.  I cut soft corded elastic 9″ to go through the plackets at the sides, then knotted them.

Face Mask Sewing for COVID-19, published April 4, 2020–has basic pattern info, and links to basic face masks.

The Times We Live In, published April 1, 2020 — has info from The Fabric Patch, about zoom conferences.

COVID-19 Face Masks, published March 26, 2020–discusses the uptick in sewing face masks, article links about face masks, and the critical link to the DEACONESS data base, for finding people for who you can sew.

Page updated April 7, 2020