I published this post last week on making masks for the medical community. Now the CDC is recommending we ALL wear them when out of the house. The masks won’t prevent you from getting Covid-19, but they can help keep you from spreading it. This is critical because many people are carriers yet show no obvious symptoms. Wearing the masks helps keep those who are at the most risk from getting the corona virus. The Silhouette Design Store has a 3 free mask patterns:
- The original one (Olson style) is here. The instructions, including how to make multiple sizes, can be found here.
- This one is made from a clear acetate sheet and then covered with a non-woven fabric (such as interfacing). You’ll find the instructions here in several languages.
- There’s a template here to make face shields out of clear transparency sheets.
Do I need a Silhouette machine?
If you happen to stumble upon my website and do not own a Silhouette machine, you can still use the mask patterns. Here’s how–
- Create an account here (it’s free).
- Go to the page for the design linked above. Check the box beside SVG.
- Add mask pattern to your cart.
You can choose the SVG option in the cart.
- Once the “purchase” of the mask pattern is complete, you’ll see the “Thanks for your order” screen. On that, click “Direct Download.”
That will add the files to the Downloads folder on your computer.
- The files will be in a zipped folder, so open the folder and unzip the file with the extension “svg” at the end.
- That’s going to open the mask pattern in a web browser. You can print it from there. You may have to play around a bit with the size. I can tell you that at the 100% size, which is for a small mask in the first style, the straight edge is 3.75″.
- Once you’ve printed the pattern at the correct size, you can cut it out by hand and use it like you would any other sewing pattern. You’d start at Step 2 on the instructions.
Let’s all do our part to try to contain this thing and minimize the mess!