This DIY crochet face mask is so easy and written in child and adult sizes!
With face masks shortages everywhere I am left wondering if there is a face mask I could make for my family as another layer of protection. After all, something is better than nothing.
As a full disclosure I am not a medical expert. I am only sharing what I’m making for my family, I am not making any claims, simply sharing my design and research.
The child size measures approx. 8 1/4″ wide by 4″ tall (not including ears). The adult size measures approx. 10″ wide by 5″ tall (not including ears).
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This is a design I came up with based on research from The University of Cambridge that compared different materials for DIY face masks and found what materials work best to protect against “Bacteriophage MS2 particles (5 times smaller than the coronavirus).”
Their findings revealed which fabrics work best and how they compare to a surgical mask:
They go on even further saying that doubling the layer of material will provide better protection:
-H hook, 5.0 mm
-100% cotton yarn, I used I Love This Cotton in Rose Bud, Papaya and Bright Teal. Lily’s Sugar N’ Cream will work nicely too:
-Sewing needle and threading floss or thread
– Pillow cases or cotton fabric, whatever you have on hand
-Optional: sewing machine (can also be hand sewn)
-Extra pins to hold cloth in place when sewing
Gauge: 13 sc’s X 14 rows = 4″ square
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hk and next 5 sts, hdc next 15 sts, sc 6, turn (27).
Row 2: Ch 1, sc the next 6 sts, hdc in the next 15 sts, sc 6, turn (27).
Repeat row 2 until you have 11 rows total. Continue to ch 10 (for ear), sl st at the other end and fasten off. Pick up a st on the other side and ch 10, sl st in other end and fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hk and next 7 sts, hdc next 15 sts, sc 8, turn (31).
Row 2: Ch 1, sc the next 8 sts, hdc in the next 15 sts, sc 8, turn (31).
Repeat row 2 until you have 14 rows total. Continue to ch 12 (for ear), sl st at the other end and fasten off. Pick up a st on the other side and ch 12, sl st in other end and fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Cut 2 layers of your fabric (you can do 1 layer but 2 offers more protection) material 10″ X 7″ for the adult size and 8″ X 5″ for the child size. Fold the sides under about 1/2″ and sew them down flat for a clean edge. Use an iron to flatten the sides before you sew if you need to. You can hand sew or use a sewing machine.
Place the fabric on your mask. Fold the top under about 1/2″ and sew across the top of your mask. Fold the bottom of the fabric under about 1/2″ and do the same along the bottom. If you are using a sewing machine you can use it to attach the fabric to the face mask. DO NOT SEW SIDES (this is your pocket to add a filter).
Cut a piece of your bendable wire 4″ for adult and 3″ for child.
Place wire in the middle top of your lining and sew around it to secure.
You’re done! Now you have a face mask you can interchange filters in! If you do not have filters you can use paper towel or a coffee filter.