We know right now most people are stuck inside as we try to slow the spread of COVID-19. When you need to go outside, or if you just want help not touching your face, you may decide to wear a mask. As medical masks are hard to find and needed by medical personnel, the CDC has recommended the use of homemade cloth masks. At smartDIYs, we know our lasers can be used on fabric, so we wanted to share a design template and instructions to help you create a mask at home. We hope you find this helpful as we all continue our efforts to keep everyone safe.
Materials you need:
Adult size...W12in x H7.1in x 2 pieces
Child size...W8in x H6in x 2 pieces
Rubber band/elastic piece
Adult size...8in~13in x 2 pieces (Length depends on person, how you loose/tight you prefer, and what kind of rubber band/elastic)
Child size...7in~12in x 2 pieces (Length depends on person, how you loose/tight you prefer, and what kind of rubber band/elastic)
Download the file from here. Cut 2 pieces for the inside and 2 for the outside; prepare 4 pieces total.
This depends on the type and color of your fabric. We used 500/100% at 1 pass for the red fabric, but 2 for the pink. If you are trying to cut a light color (which is closer to white), try using a slower speed or repeating the pass.
Separate your 4 pieces of the mask as shown.
(2 pink for inside, 2 red-checked for outside)
Put each similar piece together (same color/inside-outside) and sew the black line as shown in the picture.
After you sew, spread those pieces apart.
Then, sew the inside and outside pieces together following the black line in the picture, but please make sure both stitches come to the outside.
Once you sew those pieces together, flip the mask inside out through the end holes, so the seams are on the inside (imagine turning a sock inside out; you’ll use this same motion to flip the mask).
Fold the sides to make a loop for the rubber band. Make sure both sides are equal, then sew.
Lastly, pull each rubber band/elastic piece through the loops.
Adjust the length of the rubber band and tie. Don’t forget those knots go inside of the loop!
Need something faster?
No worries, just download the file from here, and find an old stretchy T-shirt from your closet!
We used this stretch T-shirt which is 95% polyester, and 5% polyurethane.
After you cut out 2 pieces, all you have to do is put them together and sew where the black line shows.
That’s all. This is the beauty of using your laser to cut fabric! No need to be worried about fraying!
***Caution - This mask is NOT rated for disease control. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided the following information regarding homemade face masks: The role of face masks is for patient source control, to reduce contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should wear a face mask until they are isolated in a hospital or at home. Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.* When professional face masks are not available, healthcare personnel might use homemade masks for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, caution should be exercised when considering this option since their capability to protect healthcare personnel is unknown.
Please be sure to follow CDC guidelines for creating and using a mask, including who should and should not wear a mask and proper sanitation guidelines. Please note face masks are not a guarantee against any disease, and should not replace social distancing and hand washing measures.