Cloth Face Covering Pdf pattern [FREE TUTORIAL]
Face coverings! Something I never thought I would EVER become so familiar with... but having stitched over 700 for Seasalt and another 50 odd for friends and family, I thought some of you may find it useful to use the pattern I have developed and tweaked to ensure I could get one with a good fit!
I tried a few of the open source patterns and in general the ones that claimed to be unisex were far too big for a female face ( and I have a big head! ) and needed more shaping, so I came up with the following pattern.
You will need:
Cotton fabric from the outer and lining in a high thread count, high quality cotton, with minimal shrink (less than 5%) or pre-shrunk at 60% before use. 100% cotton twill sateen is ideal for the lining, the kind you line curtains with.
5 - 6mm elastic (6 or 8 cord woven is ideal) - 2 x 20 cm for ear elastics or 1 x 60 cm for head straps
Rouleaux maker or safety pin to thread the elastic
Silcone or other type of toggle
Construction is ever so simple but to help you along I videoed a quick tutorial which you can view here which talks you through how to use my pattern to make a face covering with / without a filter pocket and with either ear elastics or head straps depending on your preference and length of wearing.
Long term use with ear elastics can cause skin irritation and unless you specifically know you will be wearing for short periods or to go to the hair dresser I would strongly advice the head straps for secure fit and long term comfort!
A kids fit can be made by printing at 70% and a larger mans fit could me made by printing at 110%
Good luck and let me know how you get on!