How to make: In The Hoop Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pocket

April 03, 2020 19 Comments

How to make: In The Hoop Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pocket

CLICK HERE to go and Download your Face Mask

To make this Face Mask you need:

  • Cut-away Stabilizer
  • Scraps of Fabric (cotton or linen)
  • Fabric for Adult Mask: One piece of approx 10”x 12” and two pieces of approx 7”x 12” 
  • Fabric for Child Mask: One piece of approx 7”x 10” and two pieces of approx 6”x 10” 
  • Elastic ¼” wide - 7” long(adult) / 6" long(child) -two pieces
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Design in the Format for your machine
  • Hoop Size: 5*7 Hoop or 6*10 Hoop

Step 1

  • Hoop the Stabilizer and stitch the 1st Color Stop.

  • Use the 10”x 12” fabric and make 3 pleats so that the 10” height is approx. 6”. I placed the pins approx 2" apart.

  • Iron to hold the pleats in place while stitching

  • Place the pleated fabric to cover the 1st Color Stop and stitch the 2d Color Stop to secure the fabric

  • Secure the elastic on each end with Scotch Tape (Masking Tape will also work) and stitch the 3d Color Stop

  • Iron the remaining 2 fabric pieces in half and place with the fold to the center of the Design. 

  • They should overlap in the middle. Stitch the last Color Stop.

  • Cut away the excess fabric and stabilizer all around. 

  • Turn your Design inside-out through the pocket, and your Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pocket is complete.

Size of the finished Face Masks:

  • Adult  - approx. 9” x 4” (choose the 6*10 hoop design)
  • Child - approx. 7” x 3” (choose the 5*7 hoop design)
Tip: The Child Face Mask could also be used as an Adult Face Mask provided that you use longer elastic eg 7.25" to 7.5" long

     CLICK HERE to go and Download your Face Mask

    Additional Information:

    "1. Find a fabric that is dense enough to capture viral particles, but breathable enough that we can actually wear it

    2. The problem with air filters is that they potentially could shed small fibers that would be risky to inhale. So if you want to use a filter (eg HEPA Filter or Vacuum bag filter), you need to sandwich the filter between two layers of cotton fabric

    3. Two layers offered far less protection than four layers. A 600 thread count pillow case captured just 22 percent of particles when doubled, but four layers captured nearly 60 percent.

    4. A thick woolen yarn scarf filtered 21 percent of particles in two layers, and 48.8 percent in four layers. A 100 percent cotton bandanna did the worst, capturing only 18.2 percent when doubled, and just 19.5 percent in four layers.

    5. Tests performed at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., showed good results for homemade masks using quilting fabric. Dr. Segal, of Wake Forest Baptist Health, who led the study, noted that quilters tend to use high-quality, high-thread count cotton. The best homemade masks in his study were as good as surgical masks or slightly better, testing in the range of 70 to 79 percent filtration." https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html

    Disclaimer:The device created as part of this publication should NOT be used as a replacement for conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment. The device has not been industry tested nor has it been NIOSH approved. The publication of this article shall not constitute or be deemed to constitute any representation by the authors, their affiliates, and their website aStitchaHalf.net and is intended for educational purposes only. The decision to use this device is solely your own.



    19 Responses

    Judy Darden
    Judy Darden

    April 22, 2020

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I have 2 cut out and ready to go. Stay Safe!

    Patty DiBacco-Klaes
    Patty DiBacco-Klaes

    April 22, 2020

    I’ve made several of the adult masks. Once I got help with the pleats, it was easy to make. I need to make some of the child masks. However, I can’t find the measurements to cut out the child’s mask. The adult calls for 1 piece of 10×12″ and 2 pieces of 7×12″, but what are the dimensions for the smaller mask. Thanks for your help.

    Judy Brehmer
    Judy Brehmer

    April 08, 2020

    Thank You so Much !

    Janet Morgan
    Janet Morgan

    April 08, 2020

    I have a problem when I try to do the adult size in a 5X7 hoop it won’t fit it tells me the hoop size is to small I would have to use a 91/2 X9 1/2 in hoop is there something else I can do it says in the dirrections 5X7 Thank you for all your help and designs

    Wendy Yilk
    Wendy Yilk

    April 07, 2020

    This is so very nice and thoughtful of you to do this.

    Kathy Henkel
    Kathy Henkel

    April 07, 2020

    Oh dear – I am so hoping you can help me. I downloaded your design (the adult size) in .pes format for my Brother 10-needle machine and it comes up showing it needs a giant hoop. The design shows it in the 5×7 hoop size in my Buzz Tools software but machine doesn’t recognize it in that size? As soon as I tried bringing it up in my machine, it required that I rotate the design so it would not be too big, I did that and then it says it requires the giant hoop. I even tried it in my Brother 7-needle machine to the same results. What am I doing wrong? I have several cut out ready to stitch and now this. I am sure it must be operator error as your reviews show others are having no problems?
    I even tried downloading it in all formats to convert in my Buzz Tools software and now it says “bad card data” when I view it in my Buzz Tools program.
    I would really appreciate your response.
    Thank you in advance.

    Carolyn Whisenant
    Carolyn Whisenant

    April 07, 2020

    I love your face mask and have made several. I like it because it is simple and easy. The pleating is also easy once you finally get it and do it. I folded to center and made 1/2" pleat, then another pleat above about an inch apart, then 3rd pleat about an inch below middle one. All are about 1/2 " pleats. I also like that it is turned inside out and makes a more finished product than some others I have made. Thanks so much for the design.

    Ella
    Ella

    April 05, 2020

    Did 4 masks this morning. Two for neighbors who have Drs appt tomorrow. Easy to do. Thank you

    Sandy k Ulrich
    Sandy k Ulrich

    April 05, 2020

    What are they using for the inside, is there another fabric for a filter? Thanks for you help.

    Annemarie
    Annemarie

    April 05, 2020

    Dear Embroidery Friends,

    Thank you so much for all your Lovely comments! We will regularly update this Blog with the information as we see the requests coming through. I will respond to each and every comment personally and appreciate your feed back. Feel free to leave your comments here and you are welcome to send us photos of your face masks to our facebook page or feel free to use my personal e-mail address annemarie@astitchahalf.com

    Happy stitching and stay safe!
    Annemarie
    annemarie@astitchahalf.com

    Patricia Dennis
    Patricia Dennis

    April 05, 2020

    What is the finished size of the mask.

    sandrarae headley
    sandrarae headley

    April 05, 2020

    I made 3 of them this morning. The embroidery takes 4 minutes and it takes about 5 to cut out 3 of them. Thank you so much for offering these for free. You may save somebodies life.

    Marsha Seitz
    Marsha Seitz

    April 05, 2020

    I don’t see where to get the download for the mask. As others have said,,,they see the directions with pictures but there is no download for the mask design. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    CYNTHIA PARKS
    CYNTHIA PARKS

    April 04, 2020

    Thanks! It looks easy! Can’t wait to stitch it out!

    Wendy Wilton
    Wendy Wilton

    April 04, 2020

    How do I download the pattern to USB
    I can see the directions Not where to download for babylock

    Daphne Woodley
    Daphne Woodley

    April 04, 2020

    I have not down loader the face mask yet

    COLETTE ROUSTAIN
    COLETTE ROUSTAIN

    April 03, 2020

    Je vais essayer dès demain

    DELAINE KRAMER
    DELAINE KRAMER

    April 03, 2020

    I can not down load the mask for my brother machine (PES)

    Carol Jackson
    Carol Jackson

    April 03, 2020

    Your designs are really nice. and thank you for the face mask. I have asthma so I really need something

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