My answer to the mask shortage in 7 easy steps!

I have sever allergies and generally wear a mask outdoors in NM for the next 5 months. Lately, I’ve had to explain to people that I have severe allergies when they look at me with concern. I usually have a dry cough and runny nose. I don’t want to diminish the official masks from the folks who really need them, so I’ve come up with these.

1.Start with two layers of fabric, 7.5 inches square.

7.5 inch squares of double fabric. I used a soft corduroy as the inner material.

2.Starting an inch and a half from the top, make three pleats.

3.Stay stitch the pleats.
4.On either side of the top center, add short darts for your nose. (Yours may be closer together than mine. I thank my Nana Doyle for my generous nose!)

5.Zig Zag the sides and bottom to secure the fabric.
6.Take a 24 inch piece of bias tape and attach to the top, straight stitching the rest together.

7.Use a mirror to find the perfect fit around your ears, pin to the bottom and sew. Elastic doesn’t last a week here in NM. But you could use elastic if that works for you.


These two took me an hour and a half, but some of that time was figuring out the pattern, and taking pictures to share. I’m thinking I might make one for each day of the week. The best thing is they’re washable and reusable!

If you’re going to do your bit to fight the virus, might as well make a splash doing it! If not, this little project will take away an hour of boredom while you quarantine yourself. Have fun and stay well!

I should add, I have no idea if these will actually stop any significant virus, infection or allergy. I’m going to use them for allergies. It just makes sense that two layers of closely woven fabric should stop SOMETHING. Use at your own risk.


Happily retired! Renewing my interests in music and art. Hoping to improve my skills in all creative areas.

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