Making a Mask With & Without a Sewing Machine

Reporting & photos by Akshara Kollu.

Above: Photo illustration of Taran Kollu (5), Alta Vista Elementary.

Mask without a sewing machine

Materials Needed: Cloth, needle, thread and pins

Cut two 9- x 9-inch pieces of fabric.
Layer one sheet of fabric on top of the other. Sew the two pieces together along the red lines. Use the remaining space to flip the mask inside out (to cover the seams).
Scrunch the fabric in 1- to 2-inch segments (based on how long you want your mask to be) and stick pins on both sides to hold the fabric in place.
Sew together all the sides.
Cut two 1.5- x 35-inch strips.
Fold the strip in half and iron. Fold the other side in half and iron again to create a thin strip.
Pin the strip on to the mask and pin the folded strip until it ends. Repeat the same step to the other side.
Sew along the strip, making sure to sew the center fabric and the strip together.
And your mask is complete! Use the strips of fabric to tie the mask to fit accordingly.

Mask with a sewing machine

Materials Needed: Cloth, a sewing machine, thread, elastics and a needle

Cut four pieces of fabric using the template provided.
Layer two pieces of fabric on top of each other with the patterned sides facing each other. Sew the long side. Repeat for the other two pieces of fabric.
Open up the stitched pieces of fabric and sew one side of the fabric together.
Sew the other side, but do not sew the shorter sides. Use the open holes to flip the fabric inside out to cover the stitches.
After flipping the mask inside out, stitch alongside the ends.
Tuck in the two ends of the mask and sew along the end. This will create a space big enough to slip in the elastic.
Slide two 8-inch elastic strips into the end holes. The elastic size will differ based on the width of one's face.
Sew together the ends of the elastic strips to create a loop.
And your mask is complete!