How to Make a Protective Mask That Actually Fits (with video)
In an earlier blog, I posted a video by YouTuber Nicole Herrick that shows how to make a protective mask. Her mask is well-designed and she provides instructions and a downloadable pattern, although for me watching the video was all the instruction I needed.
Nicole lives in Australia and some of the materials and information she provides are not yet commonly accepted practice in the US. For example, she recommends using a "Sunbrella"-type indoor-outdoor fabric for the outside of the mask, which may be perfectly okay, but this has not been tested/recommended in the US, as far as I know.So, I decided to revamp Nicole's mask and create a video that shows my materials. This design offers:
- Fits close to the face with no gaps at the sides or near the chin. You know a mask fits properly when there is a good seal and the fabric moves in and out when you breathe.
- A built-in nose clip made from a pipe cleaner or other thin wire that you can mold to the shape of the nose.
- Elastic that fits around the head and can be adjusted to fit.
- 100% batik cotton fabric. This is a desirable fabric because of the fine, smooth weave that you can breathe through.
- Fits very well regardless of the shape of your face.
- Hang around the neck when not in use.
And here is Nicole's video with the free downloadable pattern: