Our sustainable wrappers can be turned into functional (and adorable) face masks
When we said we were committed to sustainability, we like to go the extra mile. If you have a ton of our sustainable wrappers lying in your closet somewhere, a great way to make use of them is to create masks.
We've adapted the pattern of designer RJ Santos (who also designed pieces for Seek the Uniq) as well as listed down his easy-to-follow steps to DIY masks.
First, you'll want to download his patterns from his Google drive here. You'll want to download the original files from the link so that the pattern sizing is correct.
Now that you've downloaded the patterns, let's start off with a quick definition of terms.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
1. Right side - side that will be showing aka outside of the garment.
2. Wrong side - side that will be on the inside aka where you will be sewing on.
3. Right side facing - right sides facing together, wrong side facing out.
Do you have those pattern terms all memorized? Now let's get down to creating your masks.
1. Print pattern file. Do not "scale to fit".
2. Fold lining, right sides facing each other. Place pattern on top and cut to make two pieces.
3. Fold shell, right sides facing each other. Place pattern on top and cut to make two pieces.
4. With lining fabric right sides facing each other, sew along the sewing line (1).
5. Do the same to the shell fabric. Sew with the right sides facing each other.
6. Open both lining and shell fabrics. Place shell fabric on top of lining fabric with right sides facing each other.
7. Sew along the green line (2 and 3).
8. Turn face mask right side out.
9. If you are using an elastic band, create a pocket by folding pink line (4) and placing it on top of red line (finishing sewing line). Sew a straight line down. Insert elastic band and knot.
10. If you are using straps* instead of elastic bands, sandwich each end of the strap between the folded part of the mask (4) and sew a straight line. Sew two straps per side placed on the black dots.
STU stylist Nina Quintos put her pattern cutting skills to the test
Our stylist Nina Quintos tried to do a pair herself and we have to say, it looks pretty cute. Not to mention it's absolutely comfortable and functional.
You can use a different fabric for your lining. Choose fun prints or solid colors - your fabric closet is the limit.
This is also great to do with the kids. Have fun on your DIY mask crafting session!