“SEWING TIPS!” from Lisa Boillot
- Use cardboard form to pencil your rectangles on the fabric then cut!
- We now need TWO sizes: 8”x11” and 6″ x 9” (both take 7” elastic)
- Use 2 pieces masking tape on the table to measure off 7” in between and then measure elastic to snip
- On 6×9 are fine with ONLY 2 PLEATS and you do NOT really need to pin down
- But you need three pleats on the 8×11 size
- all masks will be sterilized by the hospital upon arrival!
More tips from Jean
- Some good material choices for the outer layer: a tight diagonal twill, or even better, cloth from anti-bacterial or allergy pillowcases or mattress covers
- Cut one layer on the bias: it will be more comfortable, may be cut slightly smaller, and also the criss crossing threads will provide better filtering capacity.
- Out of elastic? Cut spandex crosswise to get a stretchy and comfortable band. Or, use a pattern with ties.
- Pleat a long piece of fabric lengthwise all at once, and then chop it into mask-length pieces
- After the mask has been made, iron it to kill off some germs and drop it into a clean bag, handling as little as possible