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General News · 27th March 2020
Erika Samuhelova
Mask making

As a fibre artist, creating wool and silk tapestries and linen clothing, I had not imagined that I shall be making cotton masks. I have been creating these for a while now, sending them to my family in Europe and sharing them them with friends and people I know that are interested in having one or two and wearing it.
The pdf attached is one of my patterns, if you would like to make your own for yourself, your family and friends.

Please use double layer of 100% cotton fabric.

Using masks effectively slows the spread of coronavirus and other infections. However, basic rules must be observed. Fabric masks after use must be washed in water at a temperature of at least 60 degrees, preferably 90 degrees, and then ironed. Disposable masks must not be used more than once and must be replaced at the latest after two hours.

This is an adult size pattern.
Pattern directions - it is just a free hand drawing, to be made in cm .
Pattern - this is the actual size if printed out, the real pattern I made out of hard paper.

Cutting part.
Cut pattern out - use hard paper, so can be used over and over.
Use ONLY 100% cotton fabric, no poly.Old cotton bed sheet works well :)
Place pattern on a fabric which has been folded in half, right side together.
Copy, cut out with about 0.5 cm larger than pattern itself.
Do it again, please. As the mask has inner and outer layer.
So you will end up with 4 pieces that look just as your pattern does.

Sewing part.
Sew centre arched part together first. 2 pieces and 2 pieces again.
With scissors make small cuts along the sawing line, on the outside, to help the fabric stretch later on with its natural curve.
Open up both parts, lay them on the top of each other with the right sides together and saw along the top and bottom. It will create a tunnel , so to speak with openings on both sides.
Turn right sides out.
Stitch around the top line
Fold both ends in, less than 1 cm, so you create a tunnel on each end, a little narrow tunnel, just for the elastic to go through later on.I use zig zag stitch for this, to help with unrevealing. Nothing fancy, but strong.
Make a little tunnel for the nose wire. Mark 4.5 cm each side from the centre along the top stitch line, about 0.5 cm below it, Saw a line, 9 cm in length (4.5 cm each way). With little seam ripper, or any very sharp end scissors make a tiny hole ONLY through the inside mask layer. Place your wire through the tunnel. Please see wire instructions that Jack send over earlier. We use copper wire, round ended both ends. Shape well to your nose.

Elastic 56 cm long. Run through both end tunnels of your mask - using a safety pin :) Adjust length to your size. It makes double strap .
Best to have 2 per person, as one can be washed by simply pouring hot/boiling water over it, no dryer. Another is ready to go in a meanwhile.

Jack helps me make all the wire pieces for the nose bridge tunnel - his directions is in the attached pdf.

Please email me at if you have questions

Remain in health
Erika Samuhelova

Here's an article to show what is being done in my native country. We can do this here too.