COVID-19 Beard Mask

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Introduction: COVID-19 Beard Mask

About: I'm into Woodworking, Sewing, Knitting, Gardening and Running.

I was asked to design a mask that would cover a long beard as the most common masks either don't fit well or won't work at all. There are two options for the mask, either straight or taper look. The construction is the same for either. There is a pocket to hold a filter over just the face part of the mask. This can be modified to fit a longer beard if needed. The beard pocket is about 5" long.

I've included a pattern to make a filter to fit this mask. It is your choice as to what filter material you use. This is the process I used about how to make a filter from a house filter, https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/how-to-make-a-face-mask-filter-with-hepa-fabric-video-tutorial. We couldn’t find a HEPA rated filter so we got a 3M Filtrete 1500 filter from Lowes. I started tearing it apart but sliced my finger on the metal part, so be careful. From a 16” by 30” air filter, I got 6 feet by 30” of filter material. Double check that your filter does not contain fiberglass. Also, 3M doesn’t support the use of this product this way nor has it been testing for preventing COVID-19.

Here is the the pattern that I based this off of, https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/2/

Note: This is my first Instructable, please be kind with the comments. If something is wrong or needs more explaining, please let me know and I'll get it fixed as soon as I can. I'll also be adding better pictures but wanted to get this out there as timely as possible.

Supplies:

For Mask:

Fabric – Good quality tightly woven cotton is what is being recommended most

Non-woven Interfacing – Either Fusible or not your choice, I used Fusible and light to medium weight

Straps – Ribbon, Woven Tape or made from Fabric will need 4 about 22 inches long

Elastic – 1/4” to 3/8” wide and 6 1/2” long or make another strap about 32 inches long

Thread

Sewing Machine

Iron

Scissors

Misc. Sewing supplies

For Nose Wire:

Wire – 20-gauge 7 1/2” long – I used jewelry wire

Needle nose pliers

Wire Cutters

Step 1:

Print the pattern on an 8 1/2" by 11" paper. Once printed check the scale to make sure that it printed correctly. The printed line are the cut lines and the seam allowance is 1/4". You do not need to add a 1/4" to the pattern. Determine which Beard cut you want and follow that cut line. Cut out the pattern using paper scissors, if desired.

Step 2:

Using the provided patterns, cut out the fabric and Interfacing

Step 3:

Apply interfacing to the fabric either by fusing it or basting it to the fabric. This will be on the Outside of the mask and considered the front.

Step 4:

On the Beard Front part:

  1. Trim off 3/4” off the top long edge
  2. On the short straight side, fold in 1/2" of the raw edge and press

Step 5:

On the Beard Back part:

  1. On the short straight side, fold in 1/2" of the raw edge and press
  2. Fold over 1/4" on the long top edge and press
  3. Then fold over 1/2" again and press. This makes a casing.

Step 6:

On all Face pieces:

  1. Fold over 1/4" on the ear side and press
  2. Fold it over again to hide the raw edge and press

Step 7:

On the Beard Front, stitch the short sides to finish the hem

Step 8:

On the Beard Back, stitch the long edge of the casing close to the folded edge. Leave the ends open as this will later hold either elastic or a strap

Step 9:

Sew the Beard Front and Back together along the angled sides and bottom

Step 10:

Clip the corners, turn right side out and mark the center of the Beard Front

Step 11:

On the Face Pieces:

  1. Sew the ear sides that were folded over
  2. Sew the center nose seam to make two pieces
  3. Clip the seam allowance
  4. Press the seam to one side. Make sure they are both pressed the same direction so when they put together the seam allowances will be going different directions

Step 12:

Using the Face Front (the one with the Interfacing attached) line up the Beard Front with the bottom edge starting in the center and working out.

NOTE: you will only be catching the raw edge of the Beard Front. You may need to fold the Beard Back down so you don’t catch it.

Step 13:

Add the Face Lining piece sandwiching the Beard piece in the middle

Step 14:

Then sew that seam.

Step 15:

Open the sandwich part up and roll the Beard part up so that it fits inside the mask.

Step 16:

Align the top edges of the Face Pieces and sew the edge

Step 17:

Clip the top edge seam allowance and the bottom around the chin area.

Step 18:

Turn right side out and press.

Step 19:

From the center nose seam on the top edge, measure 3 1/4" to each side and mark

Step 20:

At one of the marks, sew from the top edge down for 3/8”, turn a right angle and sew along top 3/8” from the edge over the nose to the other mark. Leave one side open to insert a nose wire later.

Step 21:

If using elastic, cut a 6 1/2" long piece.

  1. Insert it into the Beard Back Casing
  2. Sew end of casing close catching elastic to secure it
  3. If not, you’ll need a strap about 36” long

Step 22:

Make Fabric Straps:

  1. Cut two 1 1/2" wide strips the width of the fabric. This will give you a 3/8” wide strap when done
  2. Fold short side in half and press
  3. Open up and fold the edges to the center
  4. Refold down the middle and press
  5. Fold in half long-wise and cut in the center
  6. On newly cut edges
    1. Open up and fold down 3/8”
    2. Refold close
  7. Do for the other strip fabric
  8. Sew the long edges closed
  9. Should have 4 straps about 3/8” by 22”

For Other Straps:

Cut 4 straps 22" long making sure to either cut the ends on an angle or treat with fabric glue so it won't unravel.

Step 23:

Attach straps to the mask at the top and the bottom of the Face Piece. Sewing thru all layers to secure the straps.

Step 24:

Make Nose Wire:

  1. Cut 20-gauge wire 7 1/2" long
  2. Spiral the ends to hide the cut end
  3. The final length should be 6 1/2" long

Step 25:

Insert the Nose Wire in the casing on the nose. If wanted seam the end up. I left it open so it could be removed when washed.

Step 26:

To Make a filter:

  1. Use the filter pattern and cut 2 pieces of filtering material.
  2. Sew the center seam and finger press to one side.
  3. Slide it between the two layers of the mask.

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57 Comments

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tracybh
tracybh

Question 6 days ago

I'm having troubles with steps 5-7. The pictures don't seem to match up the instructions.

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mlbooth
mlbooth

Tip 5 months ago on Step 26

Just what I've been looking for!. I've been using the coffee wires (2 wires embedded in plastic) and they make a comfortable easily shaped seal at the nose. I've also been using non woven iron on interfacing for months and it works really well, though now that out Canadian health people recommend polypropylene, I've started experimenting with that. It can be used instead of the interfacing or as a filter. Both are safe, and breathable.

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cdnhome
cdnhome

Question 6 months ago on Step 7

From Step 5 to Step 7, the beard piece shape has drastically changed. The angles in step 7 are now much sharper and the short edge is much smaller...I’m very confused! Help!

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princesspoola4
princesspoola4

Question 11 months ago on Step 5

I am having a hard time figuring out which fabric is front and back with the only light colored fabric; (Sorry haven't sewn in decades!) with the fabrics shown in the picture matching up to the end mask. I am also having trouble with the "put it all together part"and need a few more steps to make sure I am lining things up correctly. I am so excited about this mask!

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Answer 6 months ago

If you are using one color fabric, whichever " top face" you iron the interfacing to, that becomes FRONT FACE from then on. If you omit interfacing, then either one works.

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mandi.brown.42
mandi.brown.42

Question 10 months ago on Step 2

I can't seem to find the pattern for the bottom portion that actually covers the beard on the downloadable pdf or the craft passion website. Where can I find this piece please?

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ceraglide
ceraglide

Answer 8 months ago

The downoad link for the pattern is just above STEP 1. This link, none of the otehrs, they just give you a pdf of the page.

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Reply 6 months ago

There are 3 pages. On the other links for download, you might want to print some of that because it gives directions for making mask.

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Tip 6 months ago on Step 26

I make permanent filters from washed & dried (new) baby wipes, or an additional cotton fabric. Baste it to back section of pattern pieces, wrong side of fabric. Then treat as a single piece of fabric as you sew. When the "filter" is permanent, you can sew ear sides closed. Real advantage, you never wash Kleenex or paper towel filters by mistake!!! CDC recommends 3-4 layers. So, there you have it. Iron on interfacing counts as a layer making you a 4 layer mask👍🏻😷

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ajround173
ajround173

Question 11 months ago on Step 13

Step 13....I can't work this out at all!!

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Answer 6 months ago

Look back at step 12. The photo actually shows face section & beard section. It's hard to distinguish with that fabric. You can go ahead & put both face pieces, front & back with beard section in between them. Pin down that beard casing to make sure you don't catch it by mistake. There should be no problem since you sew a quarter inch seam.

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princesspoola4
princesspoola4

11 months ago

Thanks so much for this pattern. I made two so far and even though it was complicated for me (hadn't sewn in 40yrs, I was able to successfully finish them!

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ceraglide
ceraglide

Reply 8 months ago

Then please can *you* explain the steps that we're having trouble with?!

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Reply 6 months ago

Which steps?

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Tip 6 months ago on Introduction

At first a new pattern may sound confusing. In the making of the covid-19 masks, several do😁 When that's the case, make one from inexpensive muslin. Sew it with a basting stitch. That's soooo much easier to unsew😂😂 Am I the only one that ever has to do that?Truth now🤥 😇😍

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

6 months ago on Step 2

This is for newbies, the pattern piece says 4 pieces. It means 4 pieces are needed. When fabric is folded double, only cut that shape 2 times. Some of you may think this is a silly comment, but I have taught sewing. Some adults can't read a tape measure or figure out fractions.🤔😉 If anyone is afraid of messing up, do a mock up from muslin & use a baste stitch to sew. It's much easier to unsew 🤣🤣

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adinagelbmann
adinagelbmann

Question 9 months ago on Step 4

Cutting off 3/4” on beard front, is this interfacing only or fabric and interfacing?

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Answer 6 months ago

Both. It needs to be shorter to meet the bottom section which will have a casing made on top of it so elastic can be inserted.

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cdsezkotg
cdsezkotg

Reply 6 months ago

What part?