You will need to have printed or created the face covering template from our first post, a sharp pair of scissors, fabric pins, sellotape or other item to join two pieces of paper, optional a tape measure.

To select which size you want to make just measure from the side of the face across the nose with a measure or piece of string, half the measurement to give the center of the nose to side of face.

The material can be any close woven 100% cotton is recommended, brought from a material shop, better still them old pillowcases, a cotton quilt cover, adult size cotton shirt or bed sheet.

First step is to cut the paper template for the mask you want to make, if you are making several sizes then start with the largest so you can cut and reuse the paper template, if all went well you will have two pieces of paper like this.

Cut Face Covering Template
Cut Face Covering Template

Fold over the smaller template left to right on the longest side, tape in place with sellotape or any other medium like masking tape, sticky label etc: your pattern should now look like this.

Full Paper template
Full Paper template

Cut a piece of material once the height and twice the width of your paper template, fold the width in half pattern side out, place the paper template on top, fold to the left and pattern the right way up, note the “Fold Material Here” arrows on the left are on the fold of the material and then you can cut the top, right and bottom around the template.

Layout Material
Layout Material and cut.

If you have several sizes to use use the same paper template and just cut it down to the new size following the pattern.

Cut Material Face Coverings
Cut Material Face Coverings

In our next post we will put it all together and make our no sew face covering with about eight folds of the material, to make a face covering with a filter pocket.

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