Sew Your Own Pleated Face Mask Pattern
Now that the CDC recommends everyone wear a cloth face covering when going out in public, here’s my attempt at a pattern for a pleated surgical-style face mask. It’s taken from a standard size surgical mask’s measurements, 17.5cm x 9.5cm (7″ x 3.75″). I would consider this an intermediate-beginner project, with knowledge of how to use a sewing machine a big advantage, but since we all have some more time on our hands while we shelter in place and are physically-distancing from each other, there’s no need to rush. And practice makes perfect, so it would be good to have multiple masks so you have a few spares while used ones are in the wash. Or if you want to donate them to hospitals or facilities where PPEs are in high demand, please do so.