In addition to social distancing, wearing cloth face masks out in public has been recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These quick and cute projects will bring you pride while they keep the people around you safe.
According to the CDC, masks should
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Our designers have been working on easy-to-make patterns for masks that fit the CDC recommendations. They are intended for your personal use, and won't take away from the supply of medical masks for healthcare workers. We are offering a free Tie-On Pleated Mask ePattern so you can outfit your family and/or friends.
This pattern is also in Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook, available to download for $5.99. This book includes eight mask and cap designs, with embellishments, special features and extra tips. Cute cat, dog, emoji masks are quick and easy. We threw in some surgical caps as well to inspire some fun options for our healthcare folks.
You can personalize the masks with as far as your imagination takes you! Paint or stencil a simple design, use decorative stitches, mix and match fabrics, or sparkle it up with Diamond Dotz.
So grab your favorite materials and your creativity and get to masking!
NOTE: The masks are intended to protect other people from you, so they do not take the place of diligent social distancing and hand washing, etc. Wear a mask, save a life!