Fabric Mask Tutorials
The CDC-approved mask patterns are two layers of fabric, so a filter pocket is not needed. Very straightforward.
Sew a Cotton Pleated Mask
Launch Pad staff share a video to make a cotton pleated mask.
This intermediate level tutorial shows how to make a pleated mask with a filter pocket.
These masks have easy to follow options for more fitted products. Also provides printable patterns for five different sizing options.
- Backstitching is key to making your mask last.
- Masks can and should be washed after every use in washing machines and dryers.
- Wash on a regular or delicate setting in warm to cold water with regular detergent and hang dry or tumble dry low.
- Masks are are 100% cotton so they can and will shrink if you use hot settings during washing and drying. Consider washing and drying your material before making your mask.
Effectiveness and use of homemade masks
- A User’s Guide to Face Masks New York Times
- Cloth Face Coverings Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Centers for Disease Control
- Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19 World Health Organization
These videos are meant for educational purposes and should not replace recommendations by medical professionals. Masks do not replace social distancing; they should be used while practicing social distancing.