Happy #NeedleWorkMonday everyone!
May everyone be home safe and sound.
Just the other day, I started making face masks because before the lockdown, all pharmacies that we went to had no stock and now that we are still in a lockdown, to go looking for masks now is a challenge.
We have had a number of friends here on NeedleWorkMonday sharing their beautiful face mask projects and I was motivated to try it myself.
My first try was the pleated, surgical mask kind and I made one with a filter insert. And this round I tried the duckbill version. I searched around for a pattern, again, there are tonnes out there in the internet world and I quite like this one: https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/.
I chose the version with a filter insert to increase the effectiveness of the mask.
I drew out the pattern from my computer screen and decided on the fabric. There are a number of suggestions for fabric and most says cotton is good. I saw one website that recommended thicker fabric such as denim, duck cloth or canvas for the outer layer. I got some denim fabric for a 2 dollar shop and I chose a black polka dot for the inner fabric. I was making this for my hubby and I think this would look cool on him.
I cut out the fabric pieces for both outer and inner layers following the pattern, making sure that I left 1" of extra fabric for the outer layer and 1/2" for inner layer for the ears part:
Then, I sewed the front pieces together for each layer with right sides of the fabric facing each other:
And clipped the curved edges so that it is easier to press on the right sides of the fabric once we turn them inside out:
Ironed the seams flat:
And top stitched the nose part to flatten and strengthen the seams:
At this point, I also hemmed the ear sides for both layers so that when we sew them together and turn them inside out, the edges would all be nicely hemmed.
Next, it was time to sew the top and bottom of both layers together after pinning them first:
and slowly sew them together:
Then, turning the layers inside out:
Nicely pressing the edges with an iron:
And top stitch the top and bottom edges:
Next part, we work on the elastic holder hem:
Although the pattern did not include a nose wire, I decided to add it in by placing the wire inside first and then sewed about 0.5cm from the nose edge until an inch before the ear elastic holder to keep the wire in place:
The nose wire helps fit onto the face better.
Then, I measured about 15cm of elastic and inserted into the hole and tie a knot to fit the ears:
Duckbill face mask done!
But after that, I thought to add a little fish onto the mask to add some cuteness to it.
I roughly drew a fish with my chalk:
And did a stem stitch to the fish pattern:
Add a small eye and done!
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