Get our free DIY face mask patterns (Design #198) for hand cutting or Cricut cutting at https://jennifermaker.com/facemasks
Learn how to use our free face mask patterns and make our own masks with the help of a Cricut Explore or Maker … or just cut these by hand!
To help you make an informed decision about DIY face mask filter materials, I’ve gathered all evidence-based research about every face mask filter material we’ve seen mentioned or used and listed them in a new article about DIY face mask filters — this article will be kept up-to-date as new research is published. https://jennifermaker.com/diy-face-mask-filter-materials/
If you want to learn how to upload and prepare my Face Mask Pattern for cutting and fabric pen marking in Cricut Design Space, please watch this video https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.anderson.marx/videos/10163276139275254/
My brother-in-law Chad (who is a respiratory therapist at the hospital I was born at) just called me about making face masks because they are running out at the hospital. He made it very clear that some sort of mask is better than no mask. I’ve researched the best materials to use per the CDC guidelines and the Cambridge University study and created a sewing pattern that can be cut by hand with my free printable PDF or on a Cricut Explore or Maker with my free SVG cut file. These Cricut face mask patterns use common household materials you probably already have and can be made with slots for filters, adjustable ties, and a wire to fit snugly around your nose. Help me sew DIY face masks for our essential hospital workers on the front line!
Important: These DIY face masks do not replace the need for N95 masks. Rather, they are a last resort when no N95 masks are available. Some mask is better than no mask at all. If you have an N95 mask and want to learn how to make a cover to extend its life, let me know and if there’s enough interest I’ll make a pattern for that, too!
This DIY face mask pattern has several important features, all requested by my favorite respiratory therapist. Most of the features are optional, so you can keep it simple with just two layers and some ties, or go for full-featured version with three layers, a filter, and an adjustable nose guard. Your choice!
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* One piece of 100% cotton heavyweight T-shirt, about 10″ x 12″ — can be new or old, but should be clean (you can sterilize it by boiling it, drying it at least 104°F, or using a hot iron)
* Two pieces of 100% cotton or cotton blend closely and TIGHTLY woven fabric, like that on a hypoallergenic pillowcase, about 10″ x 12″ (Tip: Use a fat quarter or one of the Cricut fabric samplers, these can be the same pattern or different) — To see research study that shows these as the best household items to use for a DIY face mask https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/
* 1/4″-3/8″ wide ribbons or ties, at least 72″ (six feet) to make four 18″ ties — ribbons/ties make it adjustable and fit better
* (Optional) Something you can use as a filter, such as pieces of a a HEPA Air Filter, 1900 strength, 12″ x 7″ (you can iron this flat with a low temp iron or EasyPress set to 300°F) or pieces of a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner bag
* (Optional) 20-22-gauge wire or floral wire, 4″ long (to make a fitted top to go over the bridge of your nose)
* (Optional) Fabric marker (good if you want to mark the seam allowance)
* (Optional) Freezer paper (for bonding your fabric when cutting on a Cricut Explore — not needed with a Maker or hand cutting)
* Iron or Cricut EasyPress
* Pink FabricGrip mat (if you’re cutting this on your Cricut Maker, you can use the green StandardGrip mat if you’re cutting on your Cricut Explore)
* Sewing machine (or needle and thread for hand sewing)
* Pins (for keeping fabric attached while sewing)
* A way to cut the project (I used the amazing Cricut — see http://shrsl.com/1dq4w )
* My free SVG cut file (available in my free resource library at https://jennifermaker.com/library )
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