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Video: Do-it-yourself Transparent Protective Mask
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are all forced to wear a mask. But for some people it can cause problems. By searching for solutions adapted to each need, designers create different and super creative models. Today we present to you one of them - transparent protective mask. Find our complete guide to making your own mask that can decrease social distance with just a smile from you. It is the fashion trend of winter 2020 that can solve a lot of problems. Which ones, find in the rest of this article.
Transparent protective mask - a fashion item or a necessity?
For beautistas, the transparent protective mask is a great accessory that allows them to show more of their face and especially the lips. Who doesn't like showing off their new lipstick? You definitely have to try it! For others, this article is a way to show their emotions. In this way, it allows you to shorten the distance with the people you meet every day. As a result, the transparent mask can reduce the loneliness that a person may feel and improve their ability to communicate easily while having the protection of a mask.
For people who have experienced hearing loss or who rely on lip reading, traditional cloth masks can be extremely frustrating, making communication nearly impossible. Wearing a mask with a transparent part makes it easy for those around you to see your facial expressions and read your lips to better understand what you are saying. It is also important for teachers, especially those who work with small children.
How to make a transparent protective mask?
So, before you start with this DIY sewing, take a look at the list with the necessary materials:
- Transparent PVC vinyl
- 45 cm of cotton quilting fabric
- 12 cm of rod knitting for ties or 23 cm of elastic
- Sewing machine
- Scissors or rotary knife
- Cutting mat
- Sewing thread
- Iron and ironing board
- Pony beads
- Metal nose bridge
1. Print the sewing pattern of the transparent protective mask. To make sure the design is printed correctly, measure the 1 x 1 square that is at the left corner of the sheet. Line up the black lines and the pink stars. Glue the design using tape or glue and cut out each piece of the design.
If you plan to cut out multiple masks, you can cut out the template from something more sturdy, like a cereal box or card stock.
2. Cut out 2 layers of the main mask, 1 rectangle from the clear vinyl and 1 pocket for the nose bridge. Also cut a wide strip of elastic or knitting 89 cm to create a knot around the head. Stretch the fabric tight. You should have a total of 5 pieces of fabric that have been cut out. Keep the mask pattern piece pinned to the fabric.
Drill a hole in each of the four corners of the smaller rectangle and the middle rectangle. Use a fabric marker to mark each corner through the hole. Remove the pattern and connect the dots with a ruler. You should have 2 rectangles as well as 4 diagonal lines connecting the small rectangle to the large one.
3. Cut the inside of the smaller rectangle and then, the diagonal lines to connect them to the larger rectangle. Iron the fabric flaps to the wrong side of the main fabric. Turn the mask over and repeat this process with the second fabric.
4. Fold the main fabric along the fold lines of the pattern and iron it. It should be folded from the inside. This will create a topstitch guide for the next DIY steps.
5. Pin the edges of the clear vinyl to the inside of the second. Pin along the outside edge of the vinyl to avoid creating pinholes in the center of the mask.
6. Sew along the folded edge of the second fabric to secure the vinyl in place. Trim the excess vinyl and round the corners of the rectangle to prevent the vinyl from going through the fabric.
7. Take the fabric from the pocket of the nose bridge and fold it as shown in the photo above. Fold 0.95 cm from the bottom and both sides inwards and press.
8. Pin the pocket to the ridge of the nose facing the inner side of the mask. The raw (uncompressed) edge should be at the top. Make sure it is securely pinned to the top of the mask and that the clear vinyl is closer to the top of the mask than the bottom.
9. Secure the two pieces of fabric together leaving both sides open.
10. Fold the upper and lower part towards the inside of the mask and sew along the folded edge with a seam allowance of 0.32 cm. Iron the mask avoiding the vinyl middle.
11. Turn the mask face down. Fold the raw edge inward 0.64 cm and press. Fold the edge in 0.95 cm more and press. Pin the casing in place and sew along the inside fold.
12. Attach a safety pin to the knitting or elastic and thread it up through the right slide and down through the left slide. You can also make adjustable rubber bands using pony beads.
Apply a small amount of dish soap to the inside of the clear vinyl. Wipe it off with a paper towel. This creates a moisture barrier that prevents the mask from misting up when talking or breathing.
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