Half-round face mask tutorial

April 10, 2020



Hello lovelies,

for once, I jumped on the bandwagon and decided to also sew face masks. In Austria you are now obligated to wear face masks in shops and the public transport. Apart from that, you are not allowed to meet with people who do not share a flat with you or get closer than 1 meter to other people. Some deem those measurements rough but I do understand the need for it. And the last three weeks showed, that the curve had really flattened and the rate of infection had decreased.

Disclaimer: These cloth masks are not designed to protect you from COVID 19. They may protect others though!

There are two different designs of these masks:
1) the rectangular with three folds
2) the half-round

I prefer the half round ones because they are super quick and easy to sew. It takes me about 20 minutes for one mask. Maybe I am just doing the rectangular masks in a complicated way as they take almost 30 minutes to make, including folding and ironing a few times. The tutorial for the rectangular masks is now online.

You need these items:
  • Elastic
  • cotton fabric
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins

The half round mask

The pattern is from a Japanese website Kokka fabric. I made two different sizes out of it and called it small and big. Once again, small fit best and my boyfriend wears the bigger version.

Cut out four pieces, I had two in white cotton and two in a cotton fashion fabric.
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Both of the fabrics were sewn together in the middle. I pinned them and sew them together with a seam allowance of 0,5cm.
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Cut into the fabric afterwards and then open it up. Do the same for the other piece.
Be careful not to cut into the seam!

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Lay the right sides together and pin top and bottom, leaving the sides open for the moment.

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Sew the pieces together, cut into the fabric again. I also cut away more in the middle of the top and bottom.

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Turn the piece around and then pin it in place again around the edges.

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This it the time to close the sides. Push in the fabric onto the inside, then pin.


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Cut two pieces of 17cm elastic and insert it into the fabric, about 0,5-1cm inside. Pin it in placeBe careful not to twist it.
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Sew over all the sides, I doubled down on the elastics to really secure them.
And the mask is done.

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I made quite a few masks with this pattern.
There are two rectangulare face masks I made too but they turned out a bit tight, I had to redo the elastics. A tutorial for that will follow.
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My cat also got a tiny mask, but she hated it and only wore it for the 5 seconds it took to take the picture. 
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Happy easter, stay at home and wash your hands!



All the best,

Auris Lothol

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