Welcome to our Face Masks Section.
Due to customer demand we have created this dedicated section on our website, here you will find all the various sewing tools and notions that have been requested by customers, along with handy mask patterns, hints and tips. While we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of a homemade face mask, they still provide some protection against the spread of the Covid19 virus. Homemade masks are not considered PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and cannot be worn by medical professionals unless there are no other options available.
Fabrics. Quilting cottons work well as they are 100% cotton, are tightly woven and are washable. AGF Fabric and 200-thread-count muslins have a higher thread count so they are very well-suited for face masks - they are also very soft. AGF Fabrics are also OEKO-TEX certified which means they only use safe inks for your skin and the planet. Gauze, double-gauze and loosely woven fabrics are not recommended to be used. As your face mask will be laundered frequently, so it is necessary to pre-shrink the fabric. If you like starching your fabrics before sewing with them, that is not a problem so long as the finished face mask is laundered before it is donated and/or worn. We also sell Albstoffe Protect-Me Trevira© Bioactive Technical Fabric. Trevira-Bioactive contains fibres with silver ions firmly integrated within them, which have an antimicrobial effect and thus inhibit the growth of bacteria. This ensures the fabric remains permanently fresh after many washes and is odour free. Trevira-Bioactive is manufactured as a continuous microfilament with many tiny capillaries which gives good filter performance. The Fabric is stretchy, breathable and hard-wearing, making it a great fabric for use when making face masks.
Linings. There are differing opinions on whether this is necessary, or even desirable. Additional layers of fabric will inhibit microbes from passing through the mask but there comes a point where each additional layer provides only minimal improvement. The other consideration is breathability. Some people have been using interfacing interlining which can be sew-in or ironed onto the inside of the mask. We would like to note that although we sell interfacing, we must point out it was not designed for this use.
Ties. There is a variety of different ways to tie on a mask dependent upon the pattern you choose to use. The most popular way has been to sew elastic or thread it through the mask. We have listened to feed back from people wearing masks for a prolonged period of time and to ease the pressure around the ears we have been attaching buttons to either a section of ribbon which can be worn across the back of the head and the elastic attached to the buttons or headbands with buttons sewn on and used in the same way. We also stock 100% cotton tape which is a great alternative to elastic, it can be sewn onto the mask and tied behind the back of the head.