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DiY Face Mask – FREE pattern to Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders

It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.

It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.

Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may be carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.

Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands.

We considered several factors when designing our mask:
  • Snug fit against the face
  • Breathability
  • Reusable
  • Comfort
Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.

It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.

The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.

Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.



We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.

We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.

The information contained in this blog is the opinion of MainelyDiY.com Please follow CDC guidelines
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8 thoughts on “DiY Face Mask – FREE pattern to Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders

    1. Thank you for your question. I used 1/8″ round elastic. Any size and shape that will fit through the side casing will work although I would not go super small due to strength concerns.

      Stay safe and have a great day!

      1. Our mask is designed for adults. Click the red “Mask Template” to be directed to a free downloadable pdf pattern. Please print at actual size. The size of the pattern is approximately 6-1/2 inches square. This is for each side. You will need 13″ by 6.5″ fabric for each the outside and the lining.

        1. Several people including myself, husband and family members. Friends that are Animal Rescuers need mask. I need to find a medical face mask patter, to sew some up. My Husband has COPD in the third stage, Medicine, treatments and oxygen. I’m diabetic and have asthma, in a wheel chair. I can Sew sitting. Our youngest son is ready to graduate when ever they are able to have the Ceremony for his (Scott) Graduation. So yes it is also for us and others. Would appreciate it, if I could down load and print our a pattern with the three folds in front with the elastic to go over the ears. May God Bless and Keep you all safe. Thank you.

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