The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provide a step-by-step guide on how to make a washable face mask, due to its shortage. This is to encourage the public to create their own face mask.
How to Make a Washable Face Mask?
Watch the tagalog tutorial below:
- Piece of Cloth
- French Curve
- Cutting Shears
- Pinking Shears
- Sewing Machine
- Electric Iron
- Elastic Bands
- Sabong Panlaba
- Pattern Paper (Download Link)
Preparation of pattern and cutting of fabric
- Draw a horizontal baseline and create a right angle by drawing a vertical line.
- Mark the portion where both lines meet as Point A.
- From Point A, measure 5 3/8 inches upward and mark the line as Point B.
- From Point A, measure 3/4 inches to the right and mark the line as Point C.
- From Point A, measure 3 3/8 inches to the left and mark the line as Point D.
- Using a french curve, draw a curve line from Point C to Point D.
- From Point D, draw a slanting line with 2 5/8 inches and mark the line as Point E.
- From Point E, draw a horizontal line to the right with 4 5/8 inches and mark the line as Point F.
- Connect points B, F, and C using a french curve.
- Add a 3/8-inch allowance on the following sides: E to B, D to C, and B to C.
- Add a half-inch allowance for E to D.
- Cut the pattern. This will serve as the pattern for both the two outer layers and two inner layers of the face mask.
- For the inner pocket of the mask, trace the previously-prepared pattern.
- From Point C, measure 3 inches to the right, mark the same, and draw a vertical line to the side of Point E to Point B.
- Cut the pattern. This will serve as the pattern for the inner pocket of the mask.
- Lay patterns on the folded fabrics (to create a two-piece panel in one cut).
- Cut two pieces of fabric for each layer of the mask (inner, outer, and pocket layers of the mask).
Sewing the fabric
- Prepare the cut materials/fabric and the sewing machine for operation.
- Sew the center front curve on each layer of the mask (outer, inner, and pocket).
- Fold and sew the side part of each layer (E to D).
- Create a “knotch” at the center front of the curve of each layer using the pinking shears to ease the curves.
- Flatten the center front curves of the layer using an iron.
- Lay the pocket layer in front of the inner layer. Ensure that the front portion of the pocket layer is facing outward.
- Lay the outer layer in front of the pocket layer. Ensure that the back part of the mask is facing outward.
- Sew the top and the bottom part of the mask.
- Using the cutting shears, clip the curve lines of the top portion.
- From the side, invert the layers. Place the outer layer in front and the pocket layers at the back of the mask.
- For the ear loops, cut two pieces of garters or elastic bands with a length of 5 1/2 inches.
- Insert and sew the garters in both side-corners of the mask.
- For a neat finish, sew the top and bottom edge of the mask, leaving 1/8-inch allowance.
- Wash and iron the mask before use.
This tutorial on how to make a washable face mask is brought to us by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
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