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Sewing a face mask.

With the guidance around the need to wear a face mask when out and about changing, this week I have been busy sewing masks for my family.

I used an easy to follow pattern I found on the Gathered website and then asked what fabric everyone would like.

My daughter chose some left over Matilda fabric that we had from a roman blind I made for her room, as the outer layer and then I have lined it with some white homespun cotton and used 4mm round elastic for the ear loops.

The pattern calls for an outer fabric, a lining fabric and a removeable liner such as kitchen paper, which I have used in the mask pictured. I will be making a slight change to following masks by adding an additional layer of fabric so that the whole mask can be washed with only the wire in the nose piece that needs to be removed. For the wire in the nose piece I used a pipe cleaner as I felt the fuzzy outer would give some cushioning and be more comfortable.

If you fancy making your own we have a selection of fabrics to choose from with a fat quarter being suitable for making a couple of masks from. There will also be a selection of masks available to purchase for £5.99 in the shop.

Finished face mask