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Make These Christmas Kitty Face Masks

If we need to wear masks, why not make them fun?!

Annie Shirreffs  |  Nov 20th 2020


I’ve been making and donating cloth face masks through a Facebook group I joined when the pandemic first started.

If we need to wear masks, why not make them fun?! There are all kinds of masks out there — some with nose pieces, some with filter pockets, some with casings, some medical-grade.
The ones here are very basic — perfect for a quick trip to the (hopefully not crowded) grocery store.

Christmas Kitty Face Masks

What you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of tightly-woven, 100% cotton fabric, cut to 6 by 9 inches (adult size)  or 7½ by 5 (child size)
  • 2 pieces of 1/₈ to ¼ inch elastic, cut to 7 inches long  for adult mask and 5 inches long for child mask
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

Instructions

Stack the two pieces of fabric with right sides together, making sure all raw edges of the fabric are aligned.

Pin one end of each piece of elastic ½ inch below the raw edges at the top corners of the mask; repeat with the other end of elastic pieces ½ inch above the raw edges at the bottom of the mask.

Using a ¼-inch seam, start stitching around the outside of the mask, starting at the bottom. Leave a 2- to 3-inch opening along the bottom.

Clip the corners and turn the mask right-side out; use a pencil or a chopstick to help push out the seams in the four corners.

Press the mask with your iron; carefully lining up and folding in the edges of the fabric in the opening.

Measure and pin two evenly spaced pleats (about 1 inch) on each side of the mask, making sure the folds go in the same direction.

Sew a ¼-inch seam along all sides of the mask to hold the pleats in place and close the small area of the open seam.

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