With Coronavirus raging, and all of us fighting to prevent from being a victim of the illness, there are dozens of surgical or medical mask patterns which can be constructed from fabric. Some are fitted, some are pleated and some are designed to insert a filter. In addition, some have ties and some use elastic for behind the ears.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve used 4 or 5 patterns and have made dozens of masks for family members, friends and to donate to healthcare institutions. Depending on which style, they take from 15-60″ per mask. Also, most are machine sewn, While paper masks are appropriately being used to address the healthcare shortage, there is a need for quick and easy masks that can be sewn with a sewing machine or hand-sewn with needle and thread. This mask construction takes about 15″, especially after sewing a few.
- Made from a single piece of fabric plus the ties.
- Ties can be made from fabric, ribbon, shoe laces, twill tape or whatever you can find in the house.
- Fits over the nose and chin without needing to find the correct type of product to use for a nose wire.
- Can be hand-sewn or machine sewn.
- Can be worn with or without a filter inserted between the 2 layers of fabric.
The construction is detailed on the attached pdf, so I’ll not repeat here. Just click on this link for detailed instructions.
Quick Surgical Mask
This blog has remained dormant for a long time but in today’s world of the Coronavirus pandemic there’s a need to share a pattern for sewing a surgical cap. My niece works in an urban ICU which is dedicated to patients with COVID-19. She said they are running out of surgical caps and shoe covers and wondered if her mother and I could sew some from cloth so they can be cleaned and re-used.. I decided to start working on the surgical caps while my sister is working on shoe covers.
One of my favorite retirement activities is a weekly volunteer stint where several colleagues and I teach a group of delightful Southeast Asian refugees to sew. We work on garment and craft projects. Several years ago, in response to a request from her daughter who is a surgical tech, one of the women made this pattern for a surgical cap. As a thank you for teaching the class, the student gave me one of the caps. I also had a paper pattern but unfortunately tossed it several months ago. Never did I imagine that there would be a need for this cap pattern.
Yesterday I took apart the cap SV gave me and I made a pattern. Then I sewed 17 of these caps for my niece’s unit. The fabrics are from a thrift store but I doubt that those who use the caps will care. Maybe they’ll be good for a badly needed laugh?
If someone you know needs surgical caps, all of details you need are in the following pdf, SV’s Surgical Cap Pattern .
Happy sewing and stay well.