Making masks

Making masks

Ive been busy making face covering and face masks that also work as dust masks !  I started doing these back in January as the pandemic approached us all.  Ive made a great deal and so far have sold to many different key workers, general public and sought advice on best design from NHS workers who explained the must haves in any mask. Basically they should have a water repellent or water proof layer for all day use, outside or any time that is longer than 30 minutes use.  Only cotton masks are no good for longer than 30 minutes as they become damp very quickly and that becomes a breeding ground for the virus as it will soak through and create a path for the virus to cross the cotton.  With a water repellent or water proof layer if either side gets wet it will remain on  that side and create a better barrier.  Cotton masks are useless in the rain for obvious reasons so the advice ive had is to sell cotton only for short indoor periods but for longer use a much better homemade mask would have the water resistant or waterproof layer.  The disposeable masks are made of two significant layers, the outside is a very fine weave helping stop particals, the middle second layer is waterproof, the inner third layer is a very fine mesh which is purely for comfort next to the face.  So after quite a bit of research and reading articles the best material for the masks is a mixture of


one layer cotton (quilting or poplin cotton works best)

one layer of water repellent or proof

one layer to create a soft fabric next to your skin


so really it would seem  that 2 layers, as long as one is waterproof is all that is needed.  The waterproof layer doesnt need covering on both sides so my thinking is that leaving the waterproof layer exposed means you can wipe it clean during the day , keeping the mask in much better condition of cleanliness 


The most important thing other than what it is made of is the style and keeping it clean.


Ive gone with the style chosen by medical professionals with the pleated design.  I figure this is probably chosen for good reasons


One very good reason is that with pleated masks they will extend much further away from your face and reach down low onto your neck which is another important factor.  The bucket style mask sits very close to the face and doesnt cover nearly as much of the  area under the chin.


I use fittings that mean you can adjust the ties which are elasticated to give a good fit all around.  The is an addition elastic to enable you to keep it around you neck when not used and easily pop it up when needed by just touch the elastic.  elastic that is sewn in cannot create a tighter fit at the side of the mask so I made them in a way you can adjust and create a tighter fit when needed.  The elastic goes behind the ears and under you hair so you dont have hair style issues.  The third elastic also means the elastic doesnt create sores or pressure to the back of the ear.


So the masks I make come in a variety of styles to cover all the bases of uses.


two layers of 100% cotton for indoor use or very short periods before cleaning .  


two layer comprising of

waterproof layer outside

100% soft cotton inside


two layer comprising of

100% cotton outside

waterproof layer inside


three layers comprising of

100% cotton outside

waterproof in the middle

100% cotton muslin inside which is super light 


If you have any queries please do get in touch 

  • Returns and Refunds

    Due to the nature of this product we cannot ofer returns or refunds

  • Washing

    These masks are washable in the washing machine or handwash.  The main thing is hot water and soap,. Just like our hands, this is really important.  The exposed waterproof can be wiped during the daty with anti virul wipes and then its best to wash each night. No need to boil wash ,  just like our hands and this being another garment just wash as normal making sure totally dry before wearing.