How about we help each other out by reviewing the face mask patterns we’re making & sharing opinions, pattern tweaks, etc? I’ve watched at least twenty-eleven video tutorials & still not found the perfect pattern to make. They all have a good aspect & then some wonky thing that could clearly be better or easier or quicker.
Would you please add links to the patterns you’ve tried? And be critical of whatever you thought could be better. Between us, I’m sure we can come up with the best tweaks & solutions. Because we’re awesome like that
ETA This article has info from the CDC regarding filter stats. Basically it says 2 layers of fabric are 74% effective (roughly the equivalent of a surgical mask). Even better if you add a layer of tshirt fabric to 2 layers of tightly woven cotton. I am going to eliminate the filter pocket option as I’m not sewing for care workers and it looks like it is not necessary for daily use.
ETA here is a quick tutorial on making flexible nose wire from aluminum baking pan (a soda can should work just as well).
Cut off the rim and the crinkly corner bits and flatten the pan.
Place over a firm smooth surface (I’m using cardboard) and press very firmly with a warm-hot iron.
I cut a piece from the side that was about 1.5"X6". Cut one long side straight (don’t use your best scissors for this project)
With about 1/4" of the straight cut side held firmly under a straight edge, crease.
Trim off all but 1/8" past the crease. Fold the edge over firmly, turn over onto a hard surface and burnish by rubbing with something like the handle of a pair off scissors.
Crease the sides in the same way. I made a strip about 4" long. Trim all but 1/8" past the crease, fold firmly and burnish.
Folding over like this prevents sharp edges of corners that could poke through the mask.
Hold the folded edge firmly under a flat edge and turn over at about 1/4".
Trim off 1/8" from the edge, turn over onto a hard surface and burnish.
I can get about a dozen and a half strips from a small sized loaf pan, I am being generous with the amount I’m trimming off though so you could get many more. Each take about 5 mins to make, less when you get into a rhythm.