Creating a post on how to make pretty DIY, no sew face mask on my Cricut Joy was not a post I ever thought I would have shared. But hey it’s better to be proactive not reactive, right?
Thus, as I did my weekly shop yesterday I was was horrified that only a handful of people had chosen to wear masks. Some actually rolled their eyes at me. Yes, I know the supermarket is not strictly a confined space, but when people are actively trying to lean across you to get a product, yes this happened, I kid you not!
Who knows what protection they offer, but the guidance is to wear one. However, something has to be better than nothing right? Also, if I am going to wear a mask I am going to do so in style. Why no sew? Because haven’t us mums got enough on, home schooling working and all the other jobs that come with staying at home. I figured what we need is something easy and quick.
How To Make Pretty DIY No Sew Face Masks With Cricut Iron On Vinyl
You Will Need
- Fabric, cotton and an old t shirt for the cords. (I used a Cricut Fabric Samples Set.)
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Cricut machine with design space ( I used a Cricut Joy)
- Smart Iron On Vinyl
- Cricut Heat Press Mini
- Cricut Heat Mat
- 1. Measure and cut an oblong roughly 7 inches by 12. Cut a dummy mask first to try the size. If this is too large or small for you face increase or decrease the size by an inch each way.
- 2. Fold just over 1/3 of the oblong towards the middle .
- 3. Fold the bottom edge up an inch to create a hem, then fold the remaining part up towards the middle. This will create a filter pocket should you want to add a filter to your mask.
- 4. Cut 2 strips from an old t-shirt, roughly 1 inch wide by 10 inches long. Now stretch these until they curl and lengthen.
- 5. In Cricut Design Space make a border piece and choose images to decorate your mask. I made my border by correcting shorter borders together. 1 of the border images below is enough to make 1 mask. See the project here. Don’t forger to mirror your image when cutting out. For a full guide to using Iron On Vinyl CLICK HERE.
- 6. Once weeded, cut your border image to the right length so you have a little space at each end for your jersey strip to move freely. Insert the jersey strip into the mask and fold your iron on edging over it, but so it is not touching the jersey. Now heat with your heat press according to heat guide instructions. Don’t worry too much if a little bit of the jersey does attach as it’s easy to pull away.
- 7. Once you have done both sides to create a seam, heat transfer your image onto the front ensuring you do it the right way up so that the slot for the pocket is at the top of the back of the face mask.
- 8. Lastly tie you jersey strings as tightly and close to the ends as possible. These will comfortably fit over your ears.
A Few Tips For Making Your No Sew Face Masks
- Please note these face masks are not medially graded or recommended.
- You can add a filter should you wish, however please check it is recommended as safe to use.
- Glitter vinyl and holographic iron on vinyl also work, but are a bit scratchy. I didn’t find the holographic vinyl comfy on my face. The traditional iron on vinyl is softer.
- If you don’t have Cricut you could turn the seams inwards and use fabric glue or wonder web.
If you want to have a go at sewing your own face mask? Try out this post over at Hey Let’s Make Stuff.
For More Cricut Inspiration
- How To Make A Door Number With Infusible Ink
- Easy Hanging Decorations With Infusible Ink
- Paper Cut Letter For Cards And Artwork
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