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London Community Mask Project – Covid 19
• Watch video first, but following are the instructions: See https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask Note: The London Mask Project Committee has made minor changes to this mask, for a better fit and an additional filter layer.
The mask uses 100% Cotton fabric - Cut 9x6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)
Step 1: If you can use contrasting colours for front and back, this helps users distinguish the outside of the mask, where bacteria is captured, when it is removed to be washed
Step 3: With right sides of cotton fabric together, pin the fabric sections together before sewing, pinning one piece of elastic inside the sections that will be sewn in place on the mask sides, top and bottom. How long the ear elastic is cut depends on what elastic you are using, or if you don’t have elastic you need four ties each at least 15” long Elastic:
• Flat elastic ¼” or 1/8” you need to cut two 7” pieces per mask
• Round elastic that isn’t as stretchy use 8”, or the mask may be too tight and will hurt the wearers ears
• As elastic runs out, homemade ties may be made in a number of ways, probably most comfortable is straps made from stretchy knit jersey type t-shirting. They are very easy to make
Note: This is an alternative mask pattern, but has a great video of making ties from a tshirt made from a stretch material (lycra). This mask takes one piece of Fabric 14 x 8 inches, a different size than the masks we have chosen to make on behalf of the London Mask Project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UejCpjfbn8
Step 4: Sew Mask Sections Together:
• Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic/tie with the edge of the elastic/cloth tie sticking out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold the elastic tightly. Elastic/Ties are in the mask when you sew the side seams so be careful not to catch them in the sewed seams. Note: One Piece of elastic sew between corners on sides top and bottom, or four ties one each corner
• Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic/tie to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back
• Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put elastic/tie in place with the edge angled out the corner, sew in place firmly. Then Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the elastic in place. Use Sew across the bottom leaving a 3.5” opening so you can turn the mask to the correct side. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out. Press flat, with the bottom opening raw edges tucked inside
Step 5: Pin 3 tucks/pleats on each side of the mask. The pleats are measured down each side from the top, with the first pleat placed at 1-1/4”, the second pleat is ½” from the first pleat and is 1” wide, the third and final pleat is ½” from the second pleat - Press. Make sure the tucks are the same direction, toward the mask bottom, and sew pleats in place, ~ ½ to ¾” from outside edge of mask, to secure the tucks/pleats firmly in place
Step 6: Top stitch around the full outside edges of the mask twice, then give the mask a final press
Tip: You can design the sides of the mask a bit differently for rope/cord elastic, by sewing the mask top and bottom first (wrong sides together). Then turn the mask with right sides out, press, add the three pleats, sewing down the outside edge of the mask. Turn the outside edges of the mask towards the back of the mask, lay the rope elastic along the edge, then turn once more, press and sew. The elastic will be encased along the sides of the mask, which you would firmly tie off, and pull the knot down into the casing. Mask with rope elastic casings
Mask Packages Prepared by May Court Mask Committee:
• The Committee will prepare the mask packages for sewers, consisting of enough fabric for eight masks, including and either elastic or cotton ties, dependent on our supplies
• Each mask package will have enough materials for 8 masks to be sewn, please pre-determine the best way to cut the 8 masks from the materials you are provided
• Once sewn, the masks can be dropped off at Stephanie’s House, 78 Barker Street (Between Cheapside & Oxford). Note: The drop box is on the laneway beside the mail box, at the front corner of the house. Or// you may call Stephanie at 519-630-7655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will arrange for the masks to be picked up • Masks will be distributed to My Sister’s Place, Men’s Mission, London Food Bank. We will try to help the London Community the best we can. However, we are discovering the demand is great! Thanking you for your help!!!!!