Like many, I started making masks before they were suggested by the CDC. I provided these to home healthcare workers and others who needed to cover their allotted mask at work.
The pattern I found was free and was made by a nurse for nurses. It can be found here: https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/
I wanted to make high quality masks that could endure washing and sanitation, since they will be needed for the foreseeable future. The problem was that sewing the pattern took a…loooong time.
So I invested some MORE time to make tools to make the job easier. These tools are worth sharing since they expedite the process and make life a little easier.
Although all the videos I made are helpful, this is the most popular, since you can take a 8.5 x 11″ piece of cardstock, a Cricut or Silhouette machine, and create a super useful tool that makes pleating masks super easy.
Visit here for the PDF version of the jig to print on cardstock and score to make folds.
Visit here for the svg file to use with a vinyl cutter. Be sure to scale the mask so it is 10 inches across the width of the mask.
Visit here to download a Silhouette Studio file to print right from your Silhouette.
Other videos about tools I’ve used can be seen below. Visit the youtube version to see links and comments.
Let me know if you have comments or feedback. Back to sewing.