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DIY | Covid Face Mask Pattern

From 24 July, face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets, for more information, please read the face coverings guidance on the gov.uk website


Find out how to make your own face mask with Sarah from Stitched Up.


We’ve recently been making some masks for keyworkers in this situation – all from reclaimed textiles of course!

Having tried out a few different styles, this (below) is one of our favourites. It’s washable and reusable It’s a nice simple shape to sew and it can be sewn with an opening to insert a filter for extra protection. You can also add a pipe cleaner across the nose for a more snug fit.

Woman wearing a face mask

We’re testing filter options at the moment, including hoover bags and air conditioning filters. We’ll let you know how that goes!

Download instructions

Sarah has drawn up a pattern for the mask with instructions which you can download if you fancy having a go at making some yourself. The pattern is free, but donations are welcome

You can also watch our step-by-step video tutorial on Youtube.

Watch the tutorial

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