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FREE Face Mask Kit to Sew!

UPDATE: 04/22/2020 ALL MASK KITS GIVEN AWAY!  Thank you for making masks for your loved ones, friends and neighbors.

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Starting April 9th, 2020, FREE Face Mask Kit with any order totaling $25.00 or more!  

We recently received requests from customers who wanted to purchase a facemask after the CDC recommended that a face mask be worn by everyone when in public (while we await the "all-clear" as a result of Covid-19).  Because of this, we are making free kits available to sew a face mask from a random selection of our various fabric yardage.  The face mask style from the included pattern is really comfortable to wear and sewing is not difficult, especially with the nice video tutorial linked below.  So, if you need a face mask to wear to the grocery store, gas station, or doctor's office, then this will suffice the CDC recommendation, and look cute and stylish, too! 

Does your neighbor own a sewing machine for basic mending?  Give him or her a free face mask to sew! Perhaps, this will be just the thing that gives your friend the joy of crafting along with you when we receive the "All Clear!"

Face Mask Kit is not currently available for purchase, but 1 FREE KIT ($10.00 value) will automatically be added to any order totaling $25.00 or more.  Limit 1 Face Mask Kit per order.  Only available while supplies last. 


Kit Includes:

  1. Enough fabric to sew one mask with ties. It has been found that masks with ties are more comfortable to wear than masks with elastic earbands.  This face mask style can be made with two layers or two layers + pocket.  The pocket serves as a third layer of protection, but it also allows for the insertion of additional filtering, should you choose to do so.
    (Fabric will be randomly selected from our yardage stock.  At this time, we are unable to take personal fabric requests, because we are mostly using bolt ends and remnants.)  

  2. Printed Pattern Template and Instructions from Riley Blake Designs, but be sure to watch the video tutorial for more easy-to-follow-along instructions, too.  You can begin sewing a mask right away, using your own fabric, by downloading the free pattern template.

  3. Bendable Wire for optional insertion for nose-bridge adjustment.

Face Mask Kit is not currently available for purchase, but 1 FREE KIT ($10.00 value) will automatically be added to any order totaling $25.00 or more, while supplies last.  Limit 1 Face Mask Kit per order, limited to stock on hand. 

Depending on how you cut your fabric, you'll still have a nice little section left over for scrap, too!  

Disclaimer:  Home sewn face masks are not considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cannot prevent the spread of any virus or disease. Please read the CDC article in Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks for more detailed information.

NOTE:  Fabric is not preshrunk, so when washed, expect that there will be some shrinkage if washed and dried under hot temperatures.  That said, we have repressed and reworn the masks after washing, and the shrinkage has not been that noticeable for the average wearer.  In some cases, the fit was actually better around the eyes after washing.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

 

PHOTO TUTORIAL

Bonus Cutting Instructions:

A.  Cut out the pattern template provided in the printed pattern on page 3.

B.  Extra fabric is provided in the kit (compared to what the original pattern calls for) so cut two tie strips that measure 2" wide x width of fabric (WOF = measurment of fabric selvedge edge to selvedge edge).  Be sure to leave enough space to cut the width of the mask template with the remaining fabric.

C.  Using the fabric template, cut the mask layers on the fabric fold - two for a 2-layer mask only, or 3 for a mask that also includes the pocket layer.

I folded two layers above and cut two at a time.

For my pocket layer, I cut a third piece on the fabric fold.

Three mask layers, plus, look!  There is even some extra fabric scrap left over on the right that you can add to your stash!

D. From one end of each tie strip, cut about a 3-inch rectangle.  These small pieces are used to bind the side edges of the mask.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

E.  Follow along with the pattern instructions and video tutorial above for sewing mask together.  I am including step-by-step photos for how I sewed mine below.

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

1.  Mark the nose and chin darts as directed on all mask layers. 

2.  Press and fold the ties and small pieces.  You can tuck in the tie ends only, so that there are no raw edges... like this... (do not do this for the small pieces, though).

3.  Set the pressed ties aside for later.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

4.  Stitch all nose and chin darts on all mask layers.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

5. Trim the seam allowances on each dart as shown in photo above.

6. OPTIONAL POCKET LAYER:  If using a 3rd layer, fold over twice each side edge by 1/4" and press.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

7. OPTIONAL POCKET LAYER - Stitch each pressed side edge.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

8.  Pin the outer two layers, wrong sides together, matching nose and chin darts and all edges.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

Face Mask Kit Tutorial 
9.  OPTIONAL POCKET LAYER -- Matching nose and chin darts, pin pocket layer to inside of the other two pinned layers.

10.  On your Singer Featherweight, reduce the stitch length to as low as it will go for a basting stitch.  This will give approximately six stitches per inch.

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

11.  Using a basting stitch, sew all layers together.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 I like to use the original presser foot and align the fabric edge to the right toe when I am basting.  This gives a 1/8" basting stitch seam allowance.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 12.  Mark your pleats on each side of the mask.  Be sure to align the nose and chin dart appropriately.  You might have to turn your pattern template over and trace some quick dart lines.  

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

13.  Match the marked lines for the pleats by folding over ever so slightly and pinning in place.  With the nose dart as the top of the mask, it is best to have the pleats folded down on each side.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 14. Baste the folds in place.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 15. Using the small side binding pieces, prepare for sewing.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

16. Tuck the each side of the mask into the fold of the small binding pieces.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 17.  Stitch in place using a regular stitch... about 8-10 for a stitch length.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

Face Mask Kit Tutorial 

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

18.  Finger pressing a crease at the center of each tie will help for aligning it to the center of the mask, both for top and bottom.  

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 19.  For the top tie, if you so wish, you may include the bendable plastic wire, tucked within the fold and center of the top tie.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 20.  Prepare for sewing.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

21.  Place a pin at the center to hold the tie in place.

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

22. Begin sewing at the far tie end, making sure to watch carefully as you approach the mask when stitching along, so that it can be fully tucked into the binding.

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 23.  As you approach the center pin, remove it to commence sewing the remainder of the tie length.  Make sure the mask is fully encased in the tie fold.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 24. Finish sewing tie to the end.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 25.  To secure the bendable nose bridge wire, go back and top stitch on both the right and left sides of the of the mask as shown in these two photos.

Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 Face Mask Kit Tutorial

 26.  Repeat steps for bottom tie (except you will not need a wire encased for the lower tie).

Face Mask Tutorial

 Face Mask Tutorial

 Face Mask Tutorial

 Face Mask Tutorial

 Face Mask Tutorial

Voila!  Your mask is sewn!

 Face Mask Tutorial

This mask is really comfortable to wear!

 

NOTE:  Fabric is not preshrunk, so when washed, expect that there will be some shrinkage if washed and dried under hot temperatures.  That said, we have repressed and reworn the masks after washing, and the shrinkage has not been that noticeable for the average wearer.  In some cases, the fit was actually better around the eyes after washing.