The CDC is now recommending that everyone wear a cloth face mask when outside their home. Medical N95 and surgical masks are in short supply, so please leave those for the medical and essential workers. Check with the CDC regarding the advantages and benefits of wearing a fabric masks. They will not prevent Corona Virus, but it is believed they may help slow the spread.
I have made two variations, one with fabric ties, and one with elastic. They are contructed the same as far as the body of the mask. The only difference being instead of tucking two separate strings on each end, I simply tuck both ends of a 7″ (Adult) or 6″ (Child) into each end to form a loop.
There are a TON of face mask tutorials available online. Including the elastic, pleated version I posted earlier. You can find that tutorial by clicking HERE. I have been sewing face masks for a local assisted senior living facility. The elastic can be tedious and uncomfortable for extended used. I decided to come up with my own pattern using fabric ties. You can substitute Ribbon, Twill, Bias Tape, or any other durable, washable and comfortable tie.
I also wanted to make a face mask with a pocket for a filter. You can see the pocket in the photo above. It makes it really easy to remove and change the filter.
I also needed a child size version. I made this version which I guesstimate to fit a child age 4-12.
I have a step by step tutorial as well as FREE PDF patterns for both sizes. You can find the FREE PDF patterns in my SHOP here:
Here is the Step By Step Tutorial: