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Adding Pony Beads

to mask ear loops


Pony Beads

(bulk order)

for mask stays

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ElastiShield Nosewires


Pleating Forks for

3 pleat surgical masks

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Mask Breakaway


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Sewing In The Barn Mask Making Cohort

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COVID-19 Surgical Masks

Remember - make and wear one of your own masks for 8 hours straight before making a lot of them - to see how good or horrible they are to wear. 


We strongly recommend 100% cotton  in just 2 layers for most people's masks - these are not medical grade, this is for general use by the public.


Filters can be added to most patterns but make sure you find something that others have already tried and used successfully if additional safety filtering is needed. Pellon 830 is one material that works well as a filter and is very inexpensive to buy by the yard $1.99 at Walmart (or JoAnns if you use a coupon.)

Mask Making Production Setup


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Templates from Stitch Buzz in 5 sizes




Adding zipties to center seam for this type of mask

How to Tie an Adjustable Knot for your Face Mask


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3D Mask by Sharon Lee

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Flora Chang's Shape Retaining Pleated Mask

Front fabric, 1 piece / Interfacing, 1 piece (optional) both 8" x 8"
Back fabric, 1 piece: 8" x 7.5"
Casings, 2 pieces: 2" x 4.5"
5/32" rope-shaped elastic, 2 pieces: 8.5"

I will also make another video for a simple version of this shape-retaining pleated mask that has a layer of sewn-in interfacing and no filter pocket.

The interfacing I used in this video is Pellon 830, which was the only interfacing I could find in the store when I went shopping, but you may choose other light or medium-weight sew-in interfacing.

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Face Mask Case  Video how to make it







Free Keyring Mini bag pattern and directions here:

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by Sewing Seeds Of Love

A seamless mask created by using simple darts to eliminate the middle seam. This allows for a pretty print placement to be placed right in the middle without it being cropped off.  There are 5 sizes in this pattern (nose to chin measurement). 

XS - 4.13" 

  S - 4.75"             

  M - 5.5"

  L  - 6.0"  

XL  - 6.75"

Recommended elastic lengths XS to XL   9" to 11" Pattern download:     



Octogon Mask

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Learn how to make the Octogon mask here:


Just a few quick tips that will make your 3D Octagon Mask look better and the mask-making process go smoother.   


Tips For Making 3D Octagon Mask With Tabs by
Flora Chang

BehindTheHeadEarGuards directions


Ear Savers

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Black Button Presser Foot

If you have a Janome Sewing machine and are having trouble with thick pleats on your Mask making

Janome Sewing Machines

Black button leveling foot by Christopher Nejman


WindowMasks for Caregivers

of Hard of Hearing and Deaf




Buy your 8 Gauge Vinyl for Smile masks from Walmart or JoAnn's


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Deaconess 6"x9" pleated surgical mask webpage


Deaconess Video


Deaconess 6"x9" elastic  Deaconess 6"x9" ties


Download our 6"x9" surgical mask Cutting layout plan


Supply Links - Where to get items



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