HOW TO SEW A FABRIC FACE MASK
Mudcloth African mudcloth is a traditional fabric from Mali that's dyed with fermented mud and plant dyes. Historically, the cloth is sun-dried then painted repeatedly with fermented mud, which reacts with the tree leaves leaving behind a rich brown effect after the mud is washed off.
Each pattern and design have special meaning based on region, ethnic group and individual maker. Based on the symbols and designs used, each design has a story to tell.
• 1 fabric rectangle in 100% cotton (included)
• 2- flat adjustable elastic for ear loops (included)
• pins (included)
• sewing machine OR
• needle for hand sewing (included)
• thread (included)
1. Fold the fabric in half, with the right sides facing each other. Sew along the width edge, using a 5/8″ seam allowance. Leave a 3-4” opening in the center of this seam to create an opening to allow the mask to be turned right side out after sewing.
2. Press the seam open. Turn the fabric so that the seam with the pocket opening is centered in the middle of one side. Using an iron, press the seam open.
3. Pin elastic. Pin one piece of elastic to each side of the mask about 1/4″ to 1/2“ from the top and bottom corners of the fabric, with the rest of the elastic sandwiched inside the two layers of fabric. This will create the ear loops once the mask is turned right side out. Repeat this process on other side.
4. Sew the sides. Sew the sides of the facemask to secure the elastic. Turn the mask right side out. You can use a pencil to push out the corners if needed. Press with an iron.
5. Sew the pleats. Create three evenly spaced lines 1/2” pleats. Pin the folds facing down. Use your markings to create three evenly spaced 1/2” pleats. Use an iron to make a crease. Pin the folds in place, making sure all pleats are facing the same direction, opening downwards, to prevent any particles from collecting in the fold pockets. Sew down each side to secure the pleats. Remove pins.
Congratulations, you did it!
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