The prescribed face masks for protection against COVID-19 are now in short supply. But, there’s no need to panic. Experts say, if you’re well, you don’t really need one. But, if you do feel uncomfortable when going outdoors for daily errands, you can try making washable, reusable ones with these easy steps.
(Not recommended for use by those with symptoms).
Fold the main piece of fabric in half, right sides together. Sew along the 8” width edge, using a 1/4” (0.6 cm) seam allowance.
Turn this tube shape inside out, so that the right side of the fabric is now on the outside. Press down flat. Leaving 1 1/2” from the bottom edge, start making 1/2” (approx 1.2cm) deep pleats (three of them) and pin them in place.
This is what your main piece should look like at this point.
Using a 1/8” seam allowance, stitch the raw edges.
Pin one elastic piece to the raw edge, making sure not to twist it before baste stitching it to the edge at both ends.
Add the accent fabric on the outer side of the sides (where you can see the raw side of elastic attached) and stitch.