Trial Face Mask

This morning I decided to try another surgical style face mask. I downloaded all of the pattern templates from Craft Passion, but I made modifications and so my assembly was quite different. It’s a wonderful pattern that is very well thought out.

For my personal use, I like this mask a whole lot better than the one I’ve been making, it offers better breathability and fits more snugly.

I again wanted to use ties instead of elastic. Ties will take the abuse of washing and drying continuously, elastic will not. Elastic may or may not fit your head, ties will always fit.

I also wanted a filter pocket, to me that’s the most important part of the mask. Jim and I are using these filters (affiliate link) in our face masks. Jim removes the wire (an easy process) and then I cut it all up into ready to, disposable and removable filters.

This mask template was from the “Pocket With Seam Allowance- Main Fabric, Teenage & Woman”… that’s the only piece of the pattern template I used. It’s a little too big for me, so my next test will be the “Face Mask With Seam Allowance – Main Fabric, Teenage & Woman”.

The reason I didn’t use the Lining Fabric pattern piece, is because I deviated from the pattern here, and then again by skipping the pocket on the sides and adding ties instead.

Miss Myrtle doing a close up inspection of my edge stitching. I wish she hadn’t looked quite so closely!

The pattern template for the Pocket Mask is slightly larger than the non-pocket pattern template. I have a fairly small head, and probably the “Pocket With Seam Allowance- Main Fabric, Teenage & Woman” will fit most women just fine, for me it’s just a little too large.

I will try and do a pictorial with the next one, with another blog post.

Meanwhile, Jim and I have managed to polish off nearly an entire Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake. This is the second time I’ve baked this cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and the second time we positively gorged ourselves on it, it’s out of this world delicious!

Ignore its ugliness. I can’t bake an attractive cake to save my life, but trust me, you want. to. make. this. ASAP!

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Patty

    Great mask! I agree that ties are better than elastic. I will be trying your method. Did you cut 2 of the same pattern pieces for the front and 2 identical for the lining fabric? Thanks!

    1. tinksquared

      2 of the front and 4 of the crack. Working on a tutorial.

  2. Chris P

    I like this one. Can not wait for your tutorial. I watched a video today for this type but using elastic hair ties, I would rather the ties as you show and look forward to yours.

    1. tinksquared

      I’m almost done with it Chris, it will be up this morning.

  3. Ruth Ann

    My husband the same for me with the AC filter!

    1. tinksquared

      We feel like the filter is a good choice. And it’s easy to breath through.

  4. Carolyn

    This is the pattern I’m using. I’ve made a couple modifications. Instead of the hassle of putting on four ties and sewing on the inside. I make 2- 34” ties and sew on side re-enforcing generously. I add the filter pocket using tshirt scraps from quilts. I use same pattern just make it about 1 1/2 inch shorter on end where ties go so filter fits into the pocket. I have found if I use a Tshirt sleeve and line the opening end on the hem of the sleeve I don’t have to finish the pocket ends.

    1. tinksquared

      Hi Carolyn, I did a tutorial today on this mask, with a filter pocket.

  5. Betty

    What are the measurements or pattern for the removable filter pieces of your mask. Many thanks for the help

    1. tinksquared

      I haven’t cut any filters yet for these masks. The size I cut for the pleated masks is too large for these. Just cut some paper templates until you’re happy with the size, before cutting up your good filter fabric of choice.

  6. Diane Ryan Bono

    Great mask CJ! I have been making masks for my family and friends but I do work full time so I’m behind. I am a 911/police, fire, ambulance dispatcher and today my Captain asked me if I wouldn’t mind making masks for the police officers and dispatchers. (Dispatchers have been wearing paper masks for a few weeks now and the police officers have what they need if on a close contact call) . We do have masks in stock but you never know how long this will last and if will we run out. So today I lugged in my machine, fabric and notions into the dispatch lounge and went to work! One of my partners did some cutting for me and we made some progress. Stay safe everyone! Diane

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