Change it up! Make a different fabric face mask pattern!
I was actually inspired to make this new fabric face mask pattern by someone who did not want to spend her time ironing mask pleats. No problem!
I had previously made the Saramaker.com face mask. I still like it and am making it in case someone prefers something "traditional".
But I set out to find one without pleats, sticking to the same criteria as before – no centre front seam; either fitted or with a nose bridge channel for “wire”; cotton ties, not irritating elastics that would deteriorate with use and washing; and something that could accommodate a filter.
I decided to try the Aplat Mask and I have another favourite now!
I must admit that I added on an extra 1/2″ to their one and only pattern piece. I wanted to try it a bit bigger the first time around, just in case, and I actually liked the larger size around my face.
Unfortunately, I got carried away when sewing and sewed all around the edges when I sewed the two pieces together. I had to pick it out and carefully follow the sewing lines the next time. There are four important 1/2" gaps for running the ties through! Not sure why I did that!
It was helpful to have a gadget to pull the ties through the 1/2″ gaps in the sides of the mask. I liked the idea of using one long tie instead of sewing in four separate ones.
The pleating/origami was really simple but effective in making a large cup to hold your nose, mouth, chin and a filter.
Luckily I have the right size coffee filter, but I could always use my heavy interfacing.
The coffee filter sits inside nicely when you wear the mask, just as long as you aren’t bothered by your mouth touching the filter directly.
This one is a quick make and is a welcome change of pace from the usual pleated fabric face mask pattern, although I think the pleated mask really fit the fellow with the beard well.
Just a reminder, I am using all proceeds from the sale of all my masks for my June 2020 Victoria Virtual Walk to End ALS. If you would like to purchase a mask for a minimum $10 donation or if you would like to just donate, head over to the product listing for my masks, there is a "donate here" button.
I gratefully thank those who have already purchased and/or donated!
So what are you working on this weekend? Something interesting? I’ve got an urge to do some baking and bag pattern drafting this weekend so you might see some baked goodies on my Instagram soon – the bag pattern drafting is still a secret unfinished project so you won't be seeing that on IG yet!
Happy Sewing to you, and stay safe!