Cloth Face Masks
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I've been using reclaimed and upcycled materials to make, sell, and donate re-usable cloth face masks.
These masks are not medical grade, are not meant to replace medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE), and do not guarantee any protection against the virus or any other.
The masks’ fabric is 100% cotton, most of it reclaimed my grandmother’s stash. So far, I’ve made several different types of masks: rectangular pleated masks and curved/fitted masks; masks with elastic ear loops and masks with cloth ties in various permutations; masks with and without filter pockets or interfacing; masks with and without nose wires; large masks, small masks, and one-size-fits-most masks.
Fitted Face Masks
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Fitted face masks with "loopy" cloth ties
The following face masks have cloth ties that loop around the ears and then tie at the back of the head. Masks with this sort of tie — as well as masks with elastic loops and an extra cloth neck cord, pictured further down on this page — are useful for situations where you will be taking your mask on and off frequently, and want to be able to do so quickly and easily. When you don’t need your mask, it’s hanging around your neck, so you won’t lose it.
Fitted face masks with neck cord and elastic ear loops
For extra protection, these particular "hers and his" masks have interfacing sandwiched between two layers of fabric.
You'll notice that, on my husband's mask, the ear loops are closer together and there is an extra elastic loop at the bottom. It's a challenge to get masks to fit right over beards, so I asked my husband to try on the mask himself and pin the elastic where he wanted it. He ended up spacing the ear loops higher up on the mask, with less distance between the top and bottom of the loop: decreasing this distance minimized gaps and bunching around the ears. He also added an elastic "beard loop" around the bottom so that the mask fit snuggly around his beard and chin.