As a hugely impatient person, this is the quickest and laziest method I’ve found of creating a fun and useful mask speedily!
Eatsleepdoodle cotton bedding fabric is ideal for masks as it’s tightly woven – just what is recommended, and if you wanted to add a third fabric layer you can just pop an extra piece of fabric between the layers as you go.
To make your own eatsleepdoodle mask, you can buy a length of our 100% cotton world map print fabric here.
So here’s how:
1) Draw and cut out your template: adult size is 25x15.5cm and child size is 21x15cm. Both require the fabric to be folded on the left side, so the total size of the cut piece of fabric will be 50x15.5cm for adults and 42x15cm for children.
2) Select your fave area of fabric for the front of your mask, fold the fabric as marked on the template and position it over the fabric, checking your chosen section is in the centre, then cut around template.
3) Refold the fabric as it was but with right sides together.
4) Stitch along the short side 1cm from the edge, then trim. You now have a wide tube of fabric.
5) Fold under approx. 25cm along each long edge and then fold again so the raw edge is concealed and iron in place.
6) Stitch each folded long edge.
7) Turn fabric tube so the right side is showing and position with seam on the right and fold on the left.
8) Stitch a vertical seam approx 1.5cm from each short edge which you will thread the elastic through.
9) Then stitch again along each long side to join the front and back of the fabric together, excluding the channels at each end.
10) Cut two pieces of elastic (approx 22cm for adults and 18cm for children) and thread through the channels you created in step 7 using a safety pin.
11) Stitch ends together either by hand or machine – it’s easy to unpick stitching and tighten here if the elastic is too loose.
12) Ease the elastic around so that the stitched elastic join is hidden in the channel, then pull the fabric into gathers and you’re done!
Alternatively, try the NYTimes suggested method here – this one has ties instead of elastic, but you could exclude the ties and then machine on a length of elastic at each end to the finished mask instead. Your choice!
To show you some other variations of the eatsleepdoodle mask, a very kind and clever customer, Ros, designed the masks on the left above and our very own, brilliant operations manager, Ilidko, made the doodle masks on the right - one for each of our very lucky team!