FAQ 

I am getting a lot of questions about making and ordering fabric face masks, so I have put together an FAQ page.

Cdc statement: 

CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

 

Making

If you are making masks, here are two patterns that I have chosen to recommend. The pleated style pattern is approved by Dell Medical.

PLEATED: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jChwIVOcK3uzmYQG1xnsWQI88rJHRoK8/view

 

CURVED:

https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/

 

 

Materials

 

Use tight weave quilt weight cotton fabrics. Kona Cottons is the brand I like most for solids.

Nose wire: I have been using 20 gauge galvanized steel and people have been using a range of materials. Twist ties, 1mm craft wire, or double layer of pipe cleaner all seem suitable. 

Filtration material: I do not have filtration material and none is included with these masks. If you want to add filtration material to the open pocket you should research options. Filtration materials I have seen recommended are: vacuum bags, furnace filters, any flexible hepa filtration material, coffee filters, non-woven clothing interfacing or another layer of fabric like cut up tshirt material. Depending on the material, it can get really fiddly and frustrating to get the filter to fit. I cursed multiple times. A customer told me that using a chopstick or pencil helped. 

Donating

There are wonderful local organizations connecting mask makers with healthcare workers requesting fabric masks. Make A Mask is based in Austin, TX if you want to make and donate masks. 

Care Instructions: 

After receiving your masks, wash them in hot water and soap/detergent. If you use a machine, place the masks in a lingerie bag or pillowcase to minimize bending the nose wire or tangled ties. Dry flat or machine dry. If you machine dry, you will probably want to iron cotton sections flat. Do not iron elastic. 

Ordering:

I make two different types: pleated or curved. And two different closures: fabric ties or elastic.

Fabric ties are 17-20" long. I leave the edges raw and tie a loose knot. If you want to shorten the ties, cut and reknot the ends to prevent fraying.

 

Elastics are 12" long and you can knot them to your comfort level.  I am currently out of the flat elastic and am using cord elastic. I have several elastics on order and estimated to arrive this week. 

Fabric choices: 

I have a lot of fabrics. I have  several informal photos of groups of fabric in the gallery below. I have so many because customers have wanted the masks to be instantly recognizable as a particular family or team member. And they are informal because I haven't had the time to devote to cropping and labeling while still trying to get as many masks as possible made and out to people as soon as possible. You can identify a fabric as Greens: top row, middle or take a screen shot. 

This shop listing is for a place on my waitlist. I am making batches that are taking about three days from cutting to shipping/pickup. The listing shows the current estimate for dates in the title and the first line of the description. 

 

Feel free to email thecraftymonkey@gmail.com to be put on the waitlist before deciding which style, fabrics, etc. 

 

I make no medical claims about these masks. Use them at your own discretion and risk. 

Filtration material: I do not have filtration material and none is included with these masks. If you want to add filtration material to the open pocket you should research options. Filtration materials I have seen recommended are: vacuum bags, furnace filters, any flexible hepa filtration material, coffee filters, non-woven clothing interfacing or another layer of fabric like cut up tshirt material. Depending on the material, it can get really fiddly and frustrating to get the filter to fit. 

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