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Mask Updates – New Sizes – Updated Patterns

Due to popular request, we have added two new sizes of our mask pattern. The child size pattern is for preschool aged children and the small size is for kids in between.

All 3 designs contain our updated written directions which include the option of adding a wire such as a paper clip along the nose area for a better fit.




Patterns are free for personal use . Finished masks may be donated to charity at no cost. Please mention MainelyDiY.com to your recipients.

Please remember to save N-95 masks for first responders and health care workers. Their risk for contracting COVID-19 in substantially greater than the general population. If these professionals become ill who will be there to help you when need it most?!

Please follow CDC guidelines

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Learn About COVID-19 & Protecting Yourself

Want to learn about COVID-19 in easy to understand terms and learn ways to help protect yourself and others from infection? Understanding some to the characteristics of the coronavirus will help you appreciate why mask material selection is important. There is more than just face coverings included. Information is presented in a download pdf document that contains links to free mask designs.

Coronaviruses are tiny averaging .12 μm in diameter. So what does that mean?  The abbreviation μm stands for micron. A micron is one millionth of a meter or a thousandth of a millimeter (mm).  A typical piece of copy paper is 0.1 mm or 100 microns.  So it would take about 1200 COVID 19 viruses stacked up to equal the thickness of a single piece of basic copy paper.

While people refer to a virus as a bug, it does not have legs to move as an insect does.  Instead a virus is thought to travel by droplets which are about 5 microns in size.  Therefore about 240 droplets are equal to the thickness one piece of paper.   

When making a mask, you need to think about what materials a going to best at filtering out tiny particles.  Plain cotton fabric like from a bed sheet is made from weaving fibers in straight lines.

As this photo illustrates there are gaps between the fibers.  If the fibers were laid out in a random pattern the gaps are lessened.  To accomplish this fibers are bonded rather than woven.

N-95 masks are made from bonded polypropylene fabric.  The number denotes the percentage of particles blocked. Hence the N-95 mask would filter out 95% of particles.

Another greater feature of this bonded polypropylene fabric is that it is water resistant.  This is easily demonstrated by squirting water from a plant mister bottle onto polypropylene fabric.  The water visually beads up on the fabric instead of being soaked up by the fabric.  Yet the fabric is easy to breathe through.

Where can you find bonded polypropylene fabric?  Hospitals routinely place surgical instruments into plastic trays and the warp the trays in two layers of polypropylene fabric (aka surgical wrap). This package then goes through a sterilization process and then sits on a shelf in a clean room until it is ready to be used.  Prior to surgery the package is unwrapped and the wrapping material is discarded.  Thus there is an under utilized supply ready to use.  An anesthesiologist in Florida has staff making masks from these surgical wraps to combat their supply shortage. 

Another source for the material, albeit not surgical wrap quality, is reusable shopping bags like this one.  Click on the image or click here to find out where to buy some of these bags.

We recommend two to three layers of bonded polypropylene fabric for my masks.  Our research suggests a 99% effectiveness in blocking particles. A layer of flannel makes a greater interior fabric as it is soft against the face.

Another important thing to consider is fit.  Noses can be a challenge to fit around. Using a pipe cleaner, aka chenille stem, or uncoiled paper clip attached between the mask layers makes a simple and effective adjustable nose bridge.  We offer several designs for FREE. Just click on one of the buttons to go directly to the corresponding design page.

Since the virus may live for 3 or more days on soft surfaces, we recommend making a mask for each day of the week for each person.  Sewn masks are machine washable yet repeated washing may reduce their integrity. Old fashioned fresh air and sunshine certainly won’t hurt either.

Wash hands before putting on any mask.  Once adjusted, try to keep your hands off from the mask.  Wash your hands again after taking off a mask and after touching a mask you are wearing.

Keep in mind the virus needs to be viable in order to infect you. Just because you touched something contaminated does not mean you will automatically be sick.  The best ways to protect yourself are hand washing, keep hands away from your nose and mouth, and physical distance of 6 or more feet between people.  It has been scientifically determined that droplets travel about six feet.

Information provided  is the opinion of MainelyDiY. Statements are not based on testing nor expertise.  The material provided is to the best of our knowledge and is not to be construed as scientifically proven facts. Mask effectiveness depends on factors such as materials, fit, and proper usage.  General public should use homemade masks in conjunction with social distancing not instead of physical distancing.



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Replacement Filter for Gas Mask – 99% Effective

With filters being in short supply for full and half face respirators, MainelyDiY has come up with a solution.

The material we chose may actually filter out viruses including COVID 19 even better than the coveted N95 masks – 4% better. According to calculations it can block particles by a whopping 99.9%. So cool as this material is often trashed and under utilized.

Check out our written instructions for specific instructions with photos for making your replacement filters. Includes materials used plus construction tips. And it is FREE in a downloadable pdf file format.


To read reference article on material effectiveness click here

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Unmasking DiY Mask Materials

   We all need to do our part to preserve the supply of N-95 for health care workers and first responders. The life they save may be yours!


   Watch this video to find out what to make your mask with.



   You still need to MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. Homemade masks are to use in conjunction with physical distance of at least 6 feet.

Template includes instructions

Our FREE mask template now includes written instructions.
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Unmask the Myth about Homemade Face Masks

   We see pleas from those on the frontlines for face masks yet homemade masks are being discounted for two reasons – they are not CDC approved and effectiveness is unknown.

   Let us explain why we urge you to rethink this thought process.

   Of course CDC approved masks are best if available. Please remember to evaluate whether or not the situation requires masking to protect the approved mask supply for more critical situations.The CDC guidelines actually indicate use of homemade masks when commercially made, approved, and test masks are not available.

   Everyone can agree that a homemade mask will provide more protection than nothing and in fact the CDC agrees.

DOUBLE the EFFECTIVENESS of HOMEMADE MASKS

by using two masks. Use one mask for the patient as it will help impede the flow of germs as well as aid in germ containment. The second mask is for the provider which will act as a barrier for some of what get through the first barrier.
FREE pattern and information

Please follow CDC guidance to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!

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Extend Mask Life with Easy to Make Cover

   With N-95 respirator supplies in question, extending the life of a mask may become important during the pandemic.

   Quilters will especially appreciate that these covers are made with scrap batting. We chose quilting batting because it tends to cling to masks. We have included a casing for elastic or ties should you desire to secure it in place.

   We designed this mask cover to be disposable yet it can be washed a few times.

Please follow CDC guidelines to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!
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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.

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