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Luly Yang Face Mask
As our community adapts to the Covid-19 pandemic there are steps that we can take to protect ourselves and those around us. The Luly Yang Face Mask can be easily made at home with materials most likely hiding around your home. These masks act as a barrier to the environment and serve as a reminder to avoid touching your face—without using valuable medical-grade face masks needed by local healthcare workers.
How To Make Your Face Mask
Step 1: Make the Cut
- Place your paper pattern on top of fabrics A-C and pin in place to ensure the fabric does not shift. See below for materials list.
Step 2: Sew the Center Front Seam
- Sandwich fabric A on the inside (print side facing inward) with fabric B on the outside (facing outward).
- Using the notches to align all of the pieces, sew down the center front seam
- Separately, sew down the center front seam of fabric C, facing inward.
- Now you have 2 pieces of the mask: An outer piece and a lining piece
Step 3: Top Stitch the Center Front Seam
- To create the tie loop, first back the seam allowance on the ends
- Place your elastic loop on the mask edge
- Then fold the mask on the fold line securing the elastic and sew along the seam allowance edge
Step 4: Sew Top Seams Together
- Layer your 2 pieces together. Outer piece should lie print side facing inward while the lining piece is also facing inward.
- Using your notches as a guide, sew the top seam of the 2 pieces together.
Step 5: Sew Bottom Seams Together
- Keeping the two pieces inside out, sew the bottom seams together
Step 6: Turn Right Side Out
- With the ends still unsewn, turn the mask right side out
- To ensure all layers lay as flat together as possible, create a 3/16”-¼” top stitch along the top and bottom seams
Step 7: Tie Loop
- Stitch down the end to keep them secure
- Place your elastic loop on the end of the mask
- Turn back the seam allowance then fold end piece over the elastic at the fold line
- Stitch ⅛” down the folded edge securing the elastic in the loop
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Cotton Fabric: Fabric A
The more densely woven, the better. We have used a plain weave printed cotton but some good substitutes could be a clean cotton t-shirt, dish towel, or pillow case.
Jersey Interlining: Fabric B
Used as a padding layer in between the outermost and innermost layers. It should be breathable and soft. We have used a suitable cotton jersey much like those found in sweatpants and sweatshirts
Thin Jersey Lining: Fabric C
This should also be breathable, lightweight and soft as it will be the layer touching your skin. We have used a thin, stretchy jersey similar to what you would find in leggings, tank tops, or pajamas.
Should be soft and stretchy. You can either use a wide hair tie that is already looped for you (test to see that it is wide enough to fit comfortably around your ear leaving a little room for the mask ends), or you can cut strips of the thin jersey lining and tie it in a knot at your desired length.
Placed on the top seam across the nose for better fit. We are using jewelry wire but some good substitutes could be a pipe cleaner or kitchen twist ties.
Protective Filter (Optional)
Using the innermost lining layer, you may create a pocket in your face mask to add an additional protective filter. You can cut the material from coffee filters or vacuum cleaner bags
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