I have to date made close to 400 masks or various kinds to mostly donate to the front lines and those most in need during this unprecedented global pandemic. I started with the Olson Mask, but ended up finding it time consuming and that it ended up getting pulled into my mouth when I started breathing. Then I found the Aplat mask pattern which is based on origami to give it a 3D shape that is much more comfortable, easy to talk in, and best, makes a true seal all around the mouth a nose when combined with a nose wire. The best part is that it is much easier to make and wastes less fabric.
I lived in New Zealand for a year during university and have been watching with a glowing heart at how they have handled this pandemic as a country. No one is out of the woods however and my friend Maree was looking to start making reusable cloth masks. I had been thinking about sharing all I’ve learned, and this was the perfect reason to put a little tutorial together.
This is my first time ever making a how-to video, so I appologize for the quality. We are also in the midst of a massive heat wave so things are a mess because its too hot to do anything properly. Hope you enjoy my technical malfuncions!
First, here are the three sizes of patterns I use. Large is for adults and anyone over 10, Medium is for children 6-10 and Small is for children 2-5. Seam allowance is not icluded in the pattern, but only needs to be added to the two longer sides. If you want to make multiple masks of the same size from the same fabric, you can sew a long tube, turn it right side out and cut them to size.
FINAL NOTES AND TIPS:
– If you are making these to donate/sell/give away, make sure to run them through the dryer for an hour on high heat to decontaminate and then place them in sealed bags while wearing a mask and either gloves or freshly washed hands.
– ￼If you don’t have access to elastic cut up an old T-shirt into thin strips and tie behind the head.
– If you don’t have access to the aluminum nose strips I used in the video, good alternatives are pipe cleaners, metal grocery ties, gardening wire etc. just make sure to use either wire pliers or tweezers to curl the ends so that they don’t poke you in the face. ￼￼
– If you want to add a filter, you can add a third layer in the pocket before sewing, or simply place a paper towel/coffee filter/shop mat/hepa filter between your mouth and the mask.
– WASH YOUR MASKS FREQUENTLY! They get dirty every time you wear them.
Stay safe ❤