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Updated: Mar 18, 2021

These masks are quick to sew, and the layer of non-woven interfacing in between the fabric means they provide an extra level protection compared to a plain fabric mask.

This project is great for beginner level sewists.

Stay safe everyone

Kate xx

You'll need:

- Good quality cotton fabric 27cm x 30cm

- Iron-On non-woven interfacing 14cm x 22cm

- Elastic x 60cm (max 1cm wide)

- Tape measure/ruler

- Scissors

- Pins

- 1 x Safety pin

- Sewing machine

- Iron & Board

1. Position the interfacing (shiny side down) on the wrong side of the fabric. Iron in position, 1 cm up from the bottom and centred horizontally.

2. Fold the bonded fabric in half, right sides facing. Stitch along the bottom open long edge with a 1cm seam allowance. (The interfacing should be on the outside).

3. Turn the fabric right side out, to make a tube. Iron flat.

4. Make a double concertina fold. Pin and iron the folds flat.

5. Turn the mask over and fold a double 1cm hem towards the back, at each short end. Pin and stitch in place, close to the inner edge of the hem.

7. Cut the elastic in half and thread one piece through each channel at either end using the safety pin to grip the elastic.

8. Tie the ends of elastic in a knot, then hide the knots in the channel.

Re-usable and machine-washable.

**This type of mask is NOT rated for disease control. Official line is: The role of face masks is for patient source control, to reduce contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.  Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should wear a face mask until they are isolated in a hospital or at home. Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.* When professional face masks are not available, healthcare personnel might use homemade masks for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, caution should be exercised when considering this option since their capability to protect healthcare personnel is unknown.**

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