How To: Make a face mask with Sew Knit Craft
Fancy making your own face mask? Irena Spence, of Cambridge's Sew Knit Craft, says anyone can do it - just follow this step-by-step
You will need:
- Minimum 7in/18cm length of outer cotton fabric approximately 44in/112cm wide - or two lengths, in different colours or prints, each 22in/56cm wide, if you’d like your mask to have contrasting sides
- Minimum 7in/18cm length of inner cotton fabric, calico or equivalent, 22in/56cm wide
- 16 in/41cm of narrow elastic
- Mask template, printed A4 from the image in Step One
- Sewing machine or needle and thread of choice; the mask can be hand sewn if required
What to do:
1. Take the template and cut it out round the solid lines. Fold the main fabric along the width so that it is 7in/18cm wide, and so the template fits on the folded fabric making allowance for any selvedge, Cut round the template making sure you *do not* cut the fold.
2. Repeat with the remainder of the main fabric, so you have two identical sections; there will be some fabric left over. Repeat with the inner cotton fabric. You should now have three identical pieces of fabric with a fold down the centre.
3. Take one of the outside pieces, open it out and place it right side down on the table. Lay the central cotton fabric on top so that they match. Take both pieces of fabric and fold them so the right side of the outside fabric is together, the seams match, and the inner fabric is visible externally.
4. Sew the shortest side from the fold up to the first corner only, on both sides of the fold. Turn this section inside out so the inner fabric is facing itself and the external fabric is visible on both sides.
5. Take the second piece of external fabric and sew in the same way, with the right sides together.
6. Now take the fabrics from step four and place them inside the fabric sewn up in step five, so the right sides of the external fabric are facing each other with the inner fabric on the inside. You should now have three layers of fabric together in the shape of a mask with the wrong side of the fabric visible and the inner fabric inside.
7. Open the mask out, so the inner fabric is showing. You may wish to pin the three layers together to make sure they remain exactly overlapping each other.
8. Sew along the left- and right-hand sides, taking care to maintain the same seam along the length and sewing over the seam from step four on both sides.
9. Take the sewn mask and invert it so the right sides are showing, taking care not to tear the stitches you have just done.
10. Take the elastic and cut it in half. Fold the raw edges of the fabric in on themselves on both ends and over stitch externally so that the elastic is caught by the stitching at either end of the seam. You may wish to reverse stitch over the elastic as you go to make sure it is held in place.
11. Give it a final press and your reversible mask is ready to wear.
Billed as ‘the crafting hub for Cambridge’, Sew Knit Craft is far more than a sewing shop. Says Irena: “Our aim is to get as many people as possible enjoying craft and being creative, which is why we’ve adopted the strapline of The Crafting Hub.”
As well as selling a vast range of supplies, from yarns and fabrics to books and machines, Sew Knit Craft is the place to go for advice, adds Irena.
“All of the staff have a specialism,” she says, “with some focusing on yarn and others on fabric, as well as one member who is particularly knowledgeable on sewing machines. We are always available to give people advice and help if they are stuck with any of their projects.”
Continually expanding their ranges, the team offers a bespoke gift service: select an item, such as a knitting needle case or pair of bride-and-groom face masks, and they’ll make it in your choice of fabric and even initial it for the recipient.
Sew Knit Craft is at 58 King Street, Cambridge. Call (01223) 350691, email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit sewknitcraftltd.com to find out more
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