1. Wash the fabric at 60°C before you begin.* Cut out two pieces of fabric measuring 24 x 22 cm. (Folded together, the finished mask will be about 19 x 9 cm. Increase or decrease the measurements as needed.) Sew a zigzag stitch around the edges of the cut-out pieces.
2. Place the fabric pieces wrong side up and iron the fold as seen in the illustration. Unfold both pieces and turn right side out.
3. Fold the fabric pieces together the other way as seen in the sketch and iron.
4. Place the folded pieces right side facing right side and sew together with about a 1 cm seam allowance. Leave an opening of about 7 cm at the middle of one long side.
5. Turn the mask right side out through the opening. If you like, sew a folded pipe cleaner into one hem of the opening.
6. Sew a channel along both short sides: fold 1 cm and sew a hem. Cut 2 pieces of elastic and thread them through the channels. Try on the mask and tie the elastic together so that the mask sits tightly against the face. Push the knots into the channels.
7. Line the mask with a layer of fabric, for example a folded piece of cotton or interlining.
Follow this simple pattern to make your own cloth face mask. Because many of our customers want to make their own DIY cloth face masks, we have developed this pattern. However, masks have no documented efficacy in preventing the spread of the virus. Remember to always keep your distance and follow the recommendations of the Department of Health and Social Care. Make the mask out of at least three layers of densely woven fabric, such as cotton, and elastic string. The mask should fit closely against the face and should cover both the nose and mouth. Replace the mask when it becomes damp or after eating. Wash the mask after each use at 60°C. You can read more about the use of face coverings from the Department of Health and Social Care: Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own
*All of Panduro's cotton fabrics can be washed at 60°C, but they may shrink. Therefore, wash the fabric before sewing.