- One piece of fabric measuring 9” x 12”
- Four pieces of tie material 18” long, approximately ¼ “ to ½ “ wide. Example: Grosgrain, Ribbed ribbon, or make your own ties out of fabric
Two ¼” braided elastic, 9 ¾” each
- 1-2 twist ties, approx. 3” (bread ties)
- Fabric marking tool
- Sewing machine & thread
- Cut fabric to 9”x12” and trim ties to size.
- Serge or zig zag stitch both short ends.
- Fold fabric in half, short ends touching, right sides together.
- Mark 1 ½ “ in from raw edge at serged side.
- Stitch opening from raw edge to marked line, with ½” seam allowance, leaving center open.
- Press seam open.
- Top stitch 1/8” from folded edge of opening, on both sides of opening.
Here is what it should look like right side out:
- From the inside out position, measure ½ “ down from opening, then fold on marked line. Iron in place.
- Insert one tie in each corner inside, matching raw edges. Pin in place. Make sure to have your ties hanging out the opening to avoid accidently sewing loose ends.
- Stitch raw edges closed with ¼” seam.
- Clip corners, making sure not to trim the stitch.
- Turn right side out, iron flat.
- Insert twist ties in upper part of opening fold.
- Stitch upper part closed, 1/8th” from topstitch.
- With opening side up, measure and mark a line 1” from bottom edge. Mark another line 1” above the first line.
- Fold on first line towards the front of mask (opposite side of opening). Match crease to the second marked line on backside of mask (opening side).
- Finger press fold and pin in place on short ends.
- For second pleat, mark a line measuring 1” from the top of the last pleat.
- Now mark another line 1” above the last line you made. Using these lines as your guide, repeat the steps used to make the first pleat.
- Topstitch pleats in place using ¼ “ seam allowance, backstitch at beginning and end to secure your stitches.
Ta-da! All done!