DIY Idea for Sewing a Mouthguard Mask For Yourself
- Cotton weave cloth
- Elastic tape
- Sewing thread
- Pins or sewing clips
- Chopsticks or similar tool
There are already several DIY Mask tutorials online. I read many of them and tried a lot myself. I have certainly not reinvented the wheel, but I would like to provide you with instructions that I have tried that work for me. The mask has three layers, fits nicely and has the option of inserting a filter. It does not need a wire and can be very easily customized thanks to the rubber bands.
You will need: Cotton weave, rubber band, sewing thread, pins or sewing clips, scissors, ruler, pen, paper, chopsticks or similar tool.
Attention: I am neither a specialist in medical protective equipment nor do I dare to assess the medical benefits of a self-sewn masks. I also make no recommendations as to the extent to which their use makes sense. Please note that experts urgently advise you to pay special attention to thorough hand washing and hygiene measures, even if you wear the self-sewn face mask. The masks do not protect you, but can protect others so that various diseases do not spread further. At the moment, this can help to stop burdening the healthcare system. After wearing it, boil it well to disinfect it. If you make masks for others, please point out that the masks do not meet medical standards and are only to be regarded as aids in the current emergency.
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Step 1: Creating the template
Step 2: Step 2 : Cut the paper
Fold your sheet of paper halfway to A6 size. Cut off 0.5 cm at the top and 2 cm on one side.
Step 3: Mark the corners
Fold your sheet again to A7 size. Mark a line 3 cm from the top open edge. Place a small mark at 1.5 cm from the top closed edge. Connect this point to the 3 cm mark as shown. Then cut off the top two triangles.
Step 4: Finish the template
Your template for the outer part is now ready. For the inner part you only need to bend 3 cm from the outer edge. You can place your paper template directly on the fabric and cut the fabric with 1 cm seam allowance or, as I did, transfer half the template onto cardboard and draw the seam allowance there. Then you can cut your fabric directly in the break.
Step 5: Cutting
Choose a fabric that is boil-proof. Cut two parts from the large template (outer part and 1x lining) and one part from the smaller one (1x lining).
Step 6: Optional: overcast
If you like, you can overcast the edges of the small lining with the overlock stitch. Or, you can also omit this step and move on to the next one.
Step 7: Topstitch the lining
Step 8: Sew the corners
Step 9: Assembling the mask - 1
Unfold all parts and place them on top of each other in the following order:
Step 10: Assembling the mask - 2
Place the small lining part on the large one on the left. If you like, you can fix the parts with a stitching inside the seam allowance. I omitted this step.
Step 11: Assembling the mask - 3
Place your outer fabric on the lining fabric right to right.
Step 12: Assembling the mask - 4
Fold the seam allowance outwards and lay the seams exactly on top of each other. Pin the parts together with pins or clips.
Step 13: Topstitching
Topstitch the mask all around with a seam allowance of 1 cm. Leave a turning opening on one side. Cut off the corners.
Step 14: Check
Step 15: Turn it around
Now turn out your mouthguard mask through the turning opening. By cutting off the corners, you can now shape them well. I used a chopstick for this.
Step 16: Ironing
Now iron your mask. Fold the outer edges right up to the inner lining and also fix them by ironing.
Step 17: Topstitching
Step 18: Fix the elastic tape
Cut two pieces of elastic tape 30 cm long. Pull them through the side tabs and knot the ends. When putting it on, you can test where you have to put the knot or how tight your mask should be.
Step 19: Ready!
You can pull the knots into the side tabs. Your face mask is now ready.
Step 20: Try it
This is what the mask looks like. You can adjust the dimensions given above if necessary.