Place the two rectangles on top of each other. If there is a significant difference
between the appearance of the inside and outside of the material, place the softer sides
facing each other.
Either with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine stitch the two rectangles
together at each end as shown on the template by seam A
You will now have a rectangle of fabric that is stiched at either end to form a loop.
Turn this inside out, so that the edges at each end are neatly sewn together and the
stitching is less visible. Iron the seams flat-this makes the next step easier.
Step 4: Again, using either a sewing machine or a needle and thread, sew the fabric
together at either end where indicated by Seam B. This will create two ‘tubes’ at either
end of the mask.
Step 5: Cut the elastic in half, creating two lengths, each approximately 55cm in
length. Each length should be long enough to go around your head from the bridge of
your nose to the back of your head. Tie a loose knot at one end of the elastic to help
feed it through the tube. Do the same for the other tube. Once the elastic has been fed
through there should be an equal length visible either side of the mask.
Pleating and folding: Fold the fabric as shown in the template: fold the uneven dashed
lines backwards, and the evenly dashed line forward (may re-word/design this-image
needed!). It may help to indicate on the fabric where the folds should roughly be. Iron
the pleats flat. (This is where a paper version suggested below may be of assistance).
Helpful hint: Fold the paper template first to calculate how the pleats should be
Pin the fabric with the pleats folded at either side of the mask, and at either side where
the hard line indicates to hold the pleats in place. The length now on either side should
be about 2/3 the original length of the mask. Iron the pleats flat and sew on either side,
indicated on the template by seam C.
Step 8. The mask is nearly finished. Place the mask so that it sits on the bridge of
your nose and under your chin. You may need some one to help you with this part.
Hold the elastic at the back of your head at a comfortable length so that it keeps the
mask on. It should be comfortable: not so tight that the elastic digs in, but not so loose
that the mask does not stay in place. Mark the correct length and stitch the together
the ends of the elastic to finish the mask.
IMPORTANT: Remember to always wear your facemask in the same orientation, i.e.
you should always have the same side facing outwards (the contaminated side).
Different colours used should help with this. Facemasks should be machine-washed
frequently to eliminate any residual flu particles which may be contaminating the
outside of the mask. Remove your mask by taking the straps from the back of your
head and pull forward-do not touch the material part of the mask. If you do, please