Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried out a number of different face mask patterns from pleated to fitted and found that a lot of patterns smushed my nose down and left open areas on the top, sides, and bottom for air to flow freely in and out. The easiest to sew pattern with the best fit for me was Homemade on our Homestead’s pattern. When tied properly to the back of the head and cinched tight, the mask makes a nice seal around the chin and sides of the face that I was unable to achieve with pleated or fitted mask patterns. I’ve added a few adjustments to the pattern including a curved top to contour the nose and under the eyes, and I added a wire pocket for a removable nose wire. I also made animal versions of the pattern in adult and child sizes to make wearing a mask fun!
Please note that homemade masks are not a replacement for medical protective equipment. If you make masks to sell or donate, you should not make claims that your masks will protect against COVID-19/Coronavirus.
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Select the pattern(s) you’d like to print after following the link to download the patterns. The patterns come in both adult and child size, and there are different patterns for sewing a plain mask, a dino/shark/dragon mask, and a corgi/otter/tiger/hamster mask. The child size is based off the child size pattern by Homemade on Our Homestead. I do not have any children, so I haven’t been able to do a proper in-person fitting for children while in quarantine. I’ve sewn a few patterns for children ages 7-12 that have been picked up or dropped, and the child size pattern seems to fit well based on the photos I’ve received. For small children, you may want to trim some off the edges of the pattern for a better fit. According to the CDC, children under the age of two and those with trouble breathing should not wear a mask.
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Print pattern at 100%. (See a tutorial on printing and assembling patterns here.)
UPDATE 4/30/20: If you are making masks to donate and would like a printable instruction sheet to put with your masks, there is a downloadable PDF info sheet available here.
Whether you are making a plain mask or an animal mask, all steps are the same except for making the mask front. The steps directly below are for a plain front mask. If you want to make an animal mask, scroll down for corgi/tiger/otter/hamster mask instructions or shark/dino/dragon mask instructions.
Depending on which animal you are making, you may or may not need a nose. If you are making a hamster, you can embroider along the Y-shape on the front pattern piece. The instructions below are for a sewn nose. If you prefer to make an applique nose (and tiger stripes), check out this applique tutorial by Shiny Happy World.
I’d love to see what you make with this pattern! Post your photos in my Fluffmonger Patterns group on Facebook!
If you’re interested in sewing more than just face masks, check out my plush sewing tutorials! If you’ve never sewn a plush toy before, check out this full-length video tutorial on how to sew a plush otter. It will take you through all the skills you need to sew a plush toy.
Please note that homemade masks are not a replacement for medical protective equipment. If you make masks to sell or donate, you cannot make claims that your masks will protect against COVID-19/Coronavirus.
If you make animal masks using this pattern to sell, please give credit to Fluffmonger with “pattern by Fluffmonger” and a link to my website www.fluffmonger.com on your tags and listings.
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