Hello & Welcome to Thread Over Heels very first blog post! YAY!!
We are so so excited to be launching our new blog, and we hope to make this a place full of fun, inspiring and creative ideas to help you with your sewing journey. Whether you are new to sewing, or an expert quilter wanting to try something new we hope that this will be helpful to everyone. and I mean, who doesn't love looking at gorgeous fabric!?
Our very first tutorial is going to be how to make your own community grade mask, since it may become mandatory to wear a mask in public, we thought this would be a good time to create this post.
**please note: this does NOT compare to or replace the N95 Mask**
Now let's get started, shall we?
Suggested fabric: most pattern suggestions for community grade masks is to use a thread count over 180. Our selection of Art Gallery Fabrics cotton has a thread count over 200. That is what we will be using in this tutorial.
What you will need:
1) pattern template
2) rotary cutter or scissors
3) 2 pieces of coordinating 100% cotton fabric
4) Safety pin
5) a scrap piece of knit fabric, an old t-shirt, or some sort of stretchy material for the straps, elastic will work too.
The next thing we need to do is cut out our fabric. So you will fold the fabric in half, right sides together (the nice sides of the fabric facing each other) and place your pattern piece on top and cut around the outside. you will do this step for both the Main and lining pattern pieces.
You will have 4 mirrored pieces cut when you are done.
Sew along the curved edge of both pieces using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Don't forget to back stitch at the beginning and end to lock in your stitches.
Next, you need to snip the edges of the fabric along the outside of your stitch line. **Make sure you do not cut into the stitches** This will just help to make a smoother curved edge.
Now it's time to flip your fabric right sides out, finger press the seams & iron it so its nice and flat.
Now we pin! Open up both pattern pieces..
match the seams together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. The lining fabric will be shorter than the main fabric.
back to the sewing machine. Sew along the two long edges. Make sure you start at the very beginning, even though you aren't sewing both fabrics together at the start it will help make the next step easier.
After you are done sewing along both long edges (leaving the ends open) your mask should look like this.
then you need to flip your fabric inside out so you can see the right sides (or the pretty) sides of the fabric & iron.
To give your mask a more professional look and to hold the pieces together nicely you are going to top stitch along the 2 long edges of the fabric.
we are almost done!! Now we need to make the casing for the elastic. Fold over the edge of the fabric about 1/4" and iron it. Fold again about 1/2" and iron.
Bring it over to your sewing machine and sew along the inner edge (the part that has the fold) Make sure you leave the top and bottom open, this is where the elastic will go through.
If you are using a piece of knit fabric or an old t-shirt for the straps you will need to cut strips approximate 1/2" wide x 7" long for ladies, You can adjust as needed.
Use your safety pin to thread the elastic through the casing.
Repeat this step on both sides of your mask.
Sew the raw ends of your knit or elastic together. You could also use longer strips and tie them in a knot at this step. Then just pull the elastic through the casing to hide the knot or stitches. This will give your mask a cleaner look as well as make it more comfortable behind your ears.
The pattern comes in several sizes so you can easily make them for your whole family! :)
Now.... Go and make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and get started!! :)
The fun part about this pattern is it is reversible, so you can choose two different prints for each side so you can change it up depending on your mood/outfit. Because we all like to have options ;)
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!
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