Last week I shared my face mask pattern that I developed hoping to cover all the families requirements and sizes. Unfortunately I didn’t quite achieve it, my father in law has bad arthritis in his fingers. Ties around the ears or head were just to difficult to manage with fingers that don’t bend. So he needed something without ties.
This is the quickest easiest make ever and has no ties. Though it is probably less protective than other face coverings it at least means you can comply with the rules of wearing a face covering when shopping if a face mask doesn’t work for you.
I made my first test run in a piece of medium weight viscose jersey left over from a project I was working on. However I have written the tutorial based on cotton/elastane jersey. Cotton/elastane is readily available in lots of outlets, it has a dense tight knit and heavier handle without being bulky. Therefore hopefully offering a bit of protection and still being comfortable to wear.
The other thing I love about this is it is the perfect answer to those large leftover rectangles you get after making a long sleeve top. For me I need to have face masks tucked in every bag I use and one in the car or I am likely to arrive somewhere and realise I have forgotten to bring my mask. A couple of these here and there is an ideal solution.
Another great plus point of this simple make is it works as an easy option for kids. The fun prints and bright colours that cotton jersey is available in makes these feel more like a cool accessory than a protective face covering.
You could play about with other qualities, I am going to try French terry for some winter ones doubling up as a scarf! Bear in mind fabric with less stretch will probably need to be cut wider. If in doubt you can always cut wider, try on and take the seam in until it feels comfortable and stable.
If you plan to wash these face coverings at 60 degrees it is definitely necessary to pre-wash the fabric. It will take 60 degrees but it will cause shrinkage at this temperature.
This is literally a rectangle. To find the size the best method I found was to wrap the tape measure around the nape of your neck to the tip of your nose. Take this measurement as you would when measuring for making garments. The tape measure should be snug but not restrictive and also not to loose. This is the width measurement. I used a height of 50cm for adults and 45cm for kids aged 7-11yrs.
These are the measurements I found worked for my family:
Children 45cm width x 45cm height
Ladies 48cm width x 50cm height
Men 58cm width x 50cm height
How to make:
I made mine using an overlocker but you could also use a regular sewing machine. If you are using a sewing machine make sure you have a jersey needle and use a stretch stitch or medium width zig zag stitch.
- Fold the rectangle right sides together to form a tube.
2. Overlock or machine together. If you are overlocking don’t take any seam allowance. If you are using a zig zag stitch use a 0.5cm seam allowance.
3. If you have an overlocker you can overlock the raw edges either end of the tube for a neat finish. You can also leave this raw as cotton elastane jersey won’t fray.