The second mask pattern I made was from a group called Lucy’s Prayer Shawls. A group of women at the church we were attending when our daughter Lucy died began this ministry, which was named partly in her honor.
You fold the rectangle, sew twist tie at the top, and sew a little pocket that can hold an optional filter. Then you pin and sew pleats, pin and sew side bindings, and it starts to look like a mask.
Take a specific length of elastic, and thread it through the sides. (My technique is to put a safety pin at the end of the elastic and then pull the safety pin through the cloth tunnel at each side.
Took me a while to figure out that it seemed like ONE piece of elastic to go through both sides was the design.
And then sew the elastic ends together.
Voila! I made a bunch of these, too.
Mask pros and cons:
- The instructions were occasionally difficult. (I am sometimes a bear of very little brain.) It really helped that there was a pictoral guide. By comparing text and pictures, and turning the papers and mask every which way, I mostly figured it out.
- The twist tie at the top is not very effective. After the first washing of these masks, the twist tie was poking out, so we just pulled it out altogether.
- The quilter’s cotton tends to shrink a little bit when you wash and dry it.
- The specified elastic length is a little short for some people’s heads.
- The mask looks and feels like a surgical mask.
- There are four layers of cloth to breath through, so it has good filtering power.
- There is a pocket in the mask where another filter can be inserted
- You can make these out of fun fabrics. (Avengers pattern! Hogwarts house crests!)
- Machine wash and dryable.
- Looks professional.
- Large enough to cover bigger faces.
- No ties to fuss with.
All in all, a good pattern! I’m grateful to the Prayer Shawl friends for sharing it! Also, it helps to have assistance.