Since it’s becoming clear that cloth face masks are a good way to prevent the spread of viruses, I decided to dust off the sewing machine to make a few.
Because I’m a nurse and I’m used to wearing masks with a flexible fitted nose bridge, I really wanted to find something like that for my homemade masks.
I have modified a basic pleated face mask by adding my own touch - a little “tunnel” along the nose bridge where a soft, flexible pipe cleaner can be inserted when wearing the mask.
Pipe cleaners make a surprisingly light & comfortable nose bridge that holds its shape well, and it stays comfortable to wear throughout a full 12 hour shift (I tested it personally). But pipe cleaners don’t hold up well to washing (they get crinkled and they’ll rust), so this pattern allows for the pipe cleaner to be removed before washing.
It fits well, it’s super easy to make, and I hope you’ll share your pix if you make one of this pattern!
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Please understand that these face masks are not a replacement for medical grade Personal Protective Equipment, and in circumstances where medical grade Personal Protective Equipment is recommended, you should consult a health care professional. The decision to use this mask is solely your own.
Please remember that use of face masks is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. Follow the latest advice of the CDC and your own health care professionals as to how best to keep yourself safe.
Two pieces of fabric 7 inches by 9 inches
Two 7” long pieces of elastic (I finally found this kind I really like on Amazon) -or- 4 long ties (shoelaces, or hemmed strips of fabric work well too)
Pipe cleaner (cut to ~6 inches) (Here’s the kind I like on Amazon)
Sewing machine, thread, ironing board, pins
optional - painters tape or masking tape