COVID-19 – How To Make Face Masks – Videos

UPDATED: 27 March 2020


This is not a genealogy blog post, but it is an important post that should be viewed by a wider audience.

In this blog post you will find a collection of videos, all showing how to make Face Masks. Each video has it’s own take on how to make a mask and what the pattern should be.

At this time I think there are 24 different styles, from all over the world but they each have one thing in common; they are created to protect the users face from the dangers of the outside world; be it dust, pollution or coronavirus. Most of these masks are meant as supplemental to the official medical masks, with some having instruction on how to bring them up to medical code.

Feel free to comment on the pros and cons of the designs so that other readers can benefit from your enlightened critique.


I heard on The Rachel Maddow TV show that an Evansville, Indiana hospital (Deaconess) had asked people to help them, by making face masks and the report said there was a video on how to make the masks they needed.

I found the hospital web site and copied the video link:

https://www.deaconess.com/SpecialPages/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask?fbclid=IwAR0hXfxdIzn_zruR-mmgScjPb8_TaUJJExJqSHHYaJH8yL1r3qa8mgwKHg0

I then posted it on FaceBook.

Deaconess Hospital video

View the above video Deaconess – How to make a Face Mask

Patterns and Instructions:

https://turbanproject.com/patterns

SEE BOTTOM of this blog for the text form of the PDF instructions provided in the Deaconess web site.

NOTE: Flannel is suggested for backing but it is not the proper material to use for this face mask, so just use 100% cotton for both front and back.

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After I posted the original web page that contained the video I looked around for other possible “How To” videos on how to sew masks.

I found many videos from all over the world that had dates from 2018 to Mar 2020.

Below are the videos and links to the videos which you can copy if you want to save a particular design for your files.

Each video has different designs for the face mask and some have drawings of how to cut the fabric and where to sew the material.


Before the videos are shown, I would like to show you an alternative for the ear/head straps, that was suggested by a member of a FaceBook group and she gave permission to add this to this blog:

A nurse relative said her favorite masks have pony beads on them to self adjust. This is a great idea!!!! Also I can use up my small leftover elastic pieces on each side with a bead and stitch the ends together!!! 
mask with ties and beads to adjust the straps. 2

Below are the videos


How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL
Erica Arndt
Published on Mar 21, 2020

10 Minute Face Mask
The Sewing Room Channel
Published on Mar 21, 2020

Cómo hacer tapabocas cubrebocas tres tamaños alergias Clase de Patronaje by Costura DIY
Premiered Mar 11, 2020

Face mask. simple PATTERN and TAILORING. safety during the coronavirus
period! by Irina Mirinina
Published on Mar 7, 2020

How To Sew A Mask / Sewing Tutorial / Pikku Saari
Published on Mar 4, 2020

DIY MAKE A FACE MASK
Published on Mar 3, 2020

Cómo hacer cubrebocas o mascarillas 3D contra alergias Costura DIY
Premiered Feb 29, 2020

DIY FACE MASK 2 STYLES, free pattern download
Published on Feb 6, 2020

DIY – How to make a Face Mask
Stitchin’ Heaven
Published on Mar 23, 2020

5 EASY STEPS TO MAKE DIY FACE MASK by Yellow Heart
Published on Feb 4, 2020

Easy-to-make Cozy Face Mask Cover
Published on Mar 28, 2019

DIY Dust Mask With The Cricut Maker
Published on Jan 11, 2018

How To Sew a Medical Face Mask for a Cancer Patient or COPD patient.
Published on Jul 6, 2018

How to Make an N95 Mask out of a BRA DIY Do it Yourself Respirator Mask In
My Opinion
Published on Mar 9, 2020

Tutorial: How to Sew a Face Mask for Hospitals | Coronavirus COV19
Sew It Online
https://www.facebook.com/groups/582680812336675
Published on Mar 21, 2020

Alternate Pattern from the above one:

Million

Alternate pattern for the Million Mask Challenge Project: https://media.rainpos.com/4868/pattern_2_pins_needles.pdf

How to Sew a Surgical Face Mask for Hospitals – by Sweet Red Poppy
published on Mar 21, 2020

How to Make Face Mask with Filter Pocket and Adjustable Wire | Sewing Tutorial
Published on Mar 1, 2020

Instructional video for sewing the Olson mask (COVID-19)
UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids
Published on Mar 22, 2020

https://www.unitypoint.org/cedarrapids/filesimages/Coronavirus/003902oo-1%20Olson%20Mask%20V07.pdf

 

Fabric face mask DIY – by Ageberry
Published on Mar 7, 2020

DIY 3size face mask pleats type by lian lian made
Published on Feb 28, 2020

Make your own Face Mask
The Fabric Patch
Published on Mar 19, 2020

Pattern: https://media.rainpos.com/220/face_mask_pattern_1.pdf

Make your own face mask (from scratch)
Joost De Cock
Published on Mar 20, 2020

Web: https://freesewing.org/blog/facemask-frenzy/
Pattern: https://freesewing.org/blog/facemask-frenzy/
Instruction: https://freesewing.org/docs/patterns/fu/instructions/

 

The Aries Face Mask Tutorial by Sabrina Torti
Published on Mar 23, 2020

PATTERN  for the Aries Face Mask
http://www.bit.ly/AriesFaceMask

If you would like to see how a tie is made, here is a video to show you how.

Attaching Ties Without Pressing

Kathy Torre Innace
member of FaceBook group page: “Stitched Together Long Island”
posted: 27 March 2020

“I made a quick video on attaching ties without pressing. I got it jammed and
cursed, sorry. Lol.
In the video I said I cut ties 1 1/2″ wide, this is incorrect. I cut 1 1/4″ sorry”



Below you will find several web sites that also may contain videos.


A.B. Mask – for a Nurse by a Nurse
By jessica.nandino in Craft – Sewing
published: March 2020
https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/


How to Sew a Simple Cloth Face Mask
from: The Mint Chip Mama
Published: March 24, 2020
https://themintchipmama.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/how-to-sew-a-simple-cloth-face-mask/


Face Mask Sewing Patterns Roundup
By So SewEasy
Published on Mar 19, 2020
https://so-sew-easy.com/face-mask-sewing-patterns/


Two Different Templates  – with ties instead of elastic
by Cleveland Recycles
March 2020
https://clevelandrecycles.com/?fbclid=IwAR3_nC_6fJvq1YhQutDs2qA4IfeCM0Mzaptw4C8CeIqkrZ2Aq1z747zJv9o



Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage – by TJ McCue Senior Contributor
Published on Mar 20, 2020
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2020/03/20/calling-all-people-who-sew-and-make-you-can-help-solve-2020-n95-type-mask-shortage/?


Super Simple Face Mask Pattern For Adults And Kids
By Mayra Cecilia

Super Simple Face Mask Pattern For Adults And Kids


Where do I send my masks?

One of the questions that keeps coming up in different on line forums is “Where do I send my masks? Is there a coordinator for distribution of masks?” — In trying to answer that question I came across this news item in a search result.  — https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/coronavirus-local-impact/local-contractor-coordinating-face-masks-donations-for-baystate-health/

Maybe you can do the same local search to help find who in your area is coordinating face mask distribution.



GROUPS

There are many FaceBook groups (public and private) that address the topic of sewing face masks and contain information about how to make masks, what material to use, where to buy the material and how to get the finished masks to those who need them.

Here are the groups I’ve found as of 28 March 2020:

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Private group

Million Mask Challenge – Sewing Masks for Healthcare Workers & Caregivers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/582680812336675/
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Public groups

Stitched Together Long Island
https://www.facebook.com/groups/146936839946298/
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Seams, Classes and Community
https://www.facebook.com/groups/416578478764156/
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Team Corona Busters
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamCoronaBusters/permalink/2597939380328898/
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Here is the text instructions for the original mask video from the Indiana Hospital.

How to make a Face Mask

You will need a cotton fabric, a pretty print is best

Cotton flannel for the backing. NOTE: Flannel is not the proper material to use for this face mask, so just use 100% cotton for both front and back.

Rope elastic: beading cord elastic will work (You may also use 1/8″ flat elastic)

Cut the elastic 7″ long and tie a knot at each end (Do Not knot the ends of the flat)


You can make 2 sizes: Adult and Child

1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together
Cut 9×6 (Adult) or 7.5×5 (Child)

2. Starting at the center of bottom edge sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the knot out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.

3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of that same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.

4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the knot out.

5. Sew to next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.

6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5″ to 2″ open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.

7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.

8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

It is so easy to make this.

Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.

Above is from a PDF created by The Turban Project (501-c3)
Full Tutorial on our Facebook and Website



UPDATE: 28 March 2020 – several new resources have been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 27 March 2020 – several new resources have been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 26 March 2020 – several new resources have been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 25 March 2020 – several new resources have been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 24 March 2020 – several new resources have been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 23 March 2020 – a new resource has been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 22 March 2020 – a new resource has been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 21 March 2020 – 5 new resources have been added to the video list.

UPDATE: 20 March 2020 – a new resource was added to the video list.


I hope this blog post will help you decide which face mask design works well for you.

Thank You
Jose from Clarkston, Michigan