• Sharon Prigan

Making their own masks

The first thing that I taught the students to make was masks. 3 types of no-sew tie masks and 3 types of sewn masks.

I drew patterns and diagrams on the whiteboard and they copied them to their notebooks. Some of course had forgotten their notebooks at home so hopefully they will transfer their notes to the notebooks at home.

The first mask they chose to do was the no sew t shirt mask in the top diagram and the second was the 2 layered sewn mask in the bottom diagram.

The students always create a prototype first. To learn the technique, and if necessary to make pattern adjustments. We use upcycled sheets for this.

After wearing this type of mask I told them to add 2 cm to the front part so that there is more breathing room above the nose and that the mask which consists of 2 layers and sometimes 3 if one adds a filter pocket, does not stick to the face.

Adsjusting the prototype

After having measured the prototype on themselves and made the necessary adjustments to it, they used it as a base pattern for a 2 sided fabric mask.

Cutting fabrics

The adjusted prototype sized according to her face shape.

Perfect measurement

I took out my box of flipped t shirt hems which are the perfect elastic for masks.

Some of the students wanted to create elastic circles to wear the mask over their ears.

Fabric mask


And others wanted this version.

Mask with pocket

Which also has an added pocket in which one can insert a filter.

Pocket for filter

Parents and grandparents requested masks from the students after seeing their results.

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