Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties And Flexible Nose Using Upcycled Cotton Sheets

This post contains affiliate links and/or images. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases, at no cost to you. I am going to be honest with you, initially the situation with the covid-19 virus had me freaked out. It disrupted so many areas of our lives, but it also brought us together in many ways too. By being home, I was able to practice my sewing skills and create this super cute pleated face mask with handmade ties and flexible nose using upcycled cotton sheets!

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Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties And Flexible Nose Using Upcycled Cotton Sheets

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Browsing Thrift Stores For Upcycled Goodies

My mom could spend hours browsing antique shops and thrift stores. You have to admit, it is a cheap way to spend an afternoon, even if you end up buying a few things. It was fun to hang out with her and my sister. As my girls got older, we would make a Sunday out of it, just for the girls. Since she passed away, it was tough to go back into a thrift store for quite a while.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties And Flexible Nose Using Upcycled Cotton Sheets

A Peek Into The Past

After adjusting to life without mom, we are enjoying that hobby again. I jut love to take that peek into someones life. I know it is probably dumb, but I make up a scenario about what the prior owner may have done with whatever I am looking at or where they wore the dress I am thinking of buying. I know, dumb!

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Short Supplies And Long Lines

With the shelter in place, all of our thrift stores were closed for almost two months. As I have been making masks for friends, family and my sister’s co-workers and customer, supplies are harder and harder to come by.

In making it a safer place to shop, Joann Fabrics in my area was only allowing 10 customers in the store at a time. The last visit I made, we were in line for almost 2 hours to buy fabric. I just don’t have the time for that.

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Pleated Face Mask

Those long lines were about to kill me and I was getting desperate for fabric that was suitable for a masks. And then I heard the angels sing and our thrift stores opened up! My sister called and said she found some great sheet sets and men’s shirts that had a high thread count. They were not only perfect to make masks with, but they are so soft! I could not wait to make my pleated face mask with handmade ties and flexible nose using upcycled cotton sheets!

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Using Upcycled Cotton Sheets!

Guys! This is such a great way to support your community, help out your medical personnel and not spend a ton of money! I haven’t had enough coffee for math, but the set of twin sheets we bought was $3.99.

$1.99 was all we paid for the men’s shirt was . I am able to make this pleated face mask with pleated face mask with handmade ties and flexible nose using upcycled cotton sheets for PENNIES! And seriously, have you seen a cuter mask out there?

Supplies:

  • 2 high thread count flat or fitted sheets (I used one sheet and one men’s shirt)
  • Fabric marker
  • Hem gauge
  • Sewing Machine
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing pins or wonder clips
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Cutting mat and ruler, measuring tape or ruler
  • Ironing board or mat
  • Iron

 Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine - 50 Built-In Stitches - Automatic Threading Poppy & Fritz Gingham Plaid Cotton Navy Twin Sheet Set Gutermann 26 Spool Thread Box Sewing Tool Kit, Ruler + Rotary Cutter + Carving Knife + Cutting Mat + Storage Bag Kit Paper Fabric Leather Cutting Tools Set for Handmade Crafting Fiskars 67517197J Original Orange-Handled Scissors 8 Inch and 5 Inch, 2-Piece Set,Black 13.5 Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage, Travel Bag, Non-Stick Soleplate, Anti-Slip Handle, Rapid Heating, 420W Power, White SINGER 00321 Measure, Mark and More - 120-Inch Tape Measure, 2 Fabric Pencils, & 6-Inch Sewing Gauge Caydo 324 Pieces Pipe Cleaners 27 Colors Chenille Stems for Valentine Day DIY Art Creative Crafts Decorations (6 mm x 12 Inch) MumCraft Multipurpose Sewing Clips with Tin Box Package, Assorted Colors, Pack of 100

Instructions:

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 1

Step 1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring: Male: 9″ x 7″ Female: 9″ x 6″ or Kids: 7″ x 5″. Cut 3 pieces of fabric 6” x 1 ½” and 2 pieces 40” x 1 ½”

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 2

Step 2: Place your fabrics wrong sides together, and pin or clip into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 3

Step 3: Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew around all four sides.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 4

Steps 4-6: To make your pleats: Fold mask in half lengthwise (this is your middle point) and press with your steam iron to get a very crisp crease.Open mask and fold from the bottom up to the and from the top to the middle. Press with your steam iron to get 2 very crisp creases.

 

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 5

When you pinch each pleat, it will naturally fold into a ½” pleat! Pin or clip into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 6

Using a ¼” seam allowance, use your hem gauge to hold the pleat, moving the gauge just before sewing the pleat into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 7

Steps 7-8: Press ¼” on the long side of each of the 6” x 1 ½” binding pieces. Find the middle point of the binding and the side of the mask. Place the raw edge of the binding piece on each of the pleated sides of the mask and pin into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 8

Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 9

Steps 9-10: Fold the binding over to the other side, and then fold under and then pin into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 10

Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew into place. Trim so the binding is even with the mask’s edges.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 11

Step 11: Repeat Steps 7-8 with the long binding pieces. This time you are going to attach them to the top and bottom of the mask. Find the middle point of the binding and the side of the mask. Place the raw edge of the binding piece on each of the pleated sides of the mask and pin into place. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew into place.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 12

Step 12: Like in Steps 9-10, on the top of the mask, you are going to fold the binding over to the other side, and then fold under and then pin into place. On the ends of the binding, fold under and pin. Using a ¼” seam allowance, attach the binding to the mask, and then continue past the mask, sticking closed the binding, which are the ties of the mask. Repeat on the bottom of the mask.

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets nosepiece

Step 13: Iron your 3rd piece of small bias under 1/4″ on each side. This is your casing for your adjustable nose piece. Turn the mask so the side that would go against your face is facing you. Find the middle point of the mask and the middle point of the casing. Pin the casing, wrong side against the mask, and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, attach to the mask, but do not close the sides. You need to leave those open to slide your pipe cleaner in! Snip your loose threads and you are ready to wear your adorable mask!

Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties And Flexible Nose Using Upcycled Cotton Sheets

This Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties And Flexible Nose Using Upcycled Cotton Sheets is an easy sewing project and will cost just a few pennies to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Keyword: covid 19, crafts, handmade, masks, sewing, upcycle
Author: Kelly
Cost: .10

Equipment

  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter, pad, ruler
  • sewing gauge
  • fabric marker
  • thread
  • scissors
  • felt ironing mat
  • mini iron
  • pipe cleaner

Materials

  • 1/4` yard upcycled cotton sheet
  • 1/4 yard upcycled cotton sheet or men's shirt

Instructions

  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring:  Male: 9" x 7" Female: 9" x 6"or Kids: 7" x 5". Cut 3 pieces of fabric 6” x 1 ½” and 2 pieces 40” x1 ½”
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 1
  • Place your fabrics wrong sides together, and pin or clipinto place.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 2
  • Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew around all four sides.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 3
  • To make your pleats: Fold mask in half lengthwise (this isyour middle point) and press with your steam iron to get a very crisp crease.Open mask and fold from the bottom up to the and from the top to the middle. Presswith your steam iron to get 2 very crisp creases. When you pinch each pleat, it will naturally fold into a ½” pleat! Pin or clip into place.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 4
  • Using a ¼” seamallowance, use your hem gauge to hold the pleat, moving the gauge just beforesewing the pleat into place.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 6
  • Press ¼” on the long side of each of the 6” x 1 ½” binding pieces. Find the middle point of the binding and the side of the mask. Place the raw edge of the binding piece on each of the pleated sides of the mask andpin into place.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 7
  • Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew into place.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 8
  • Fold the binding over to the other side, and then fold underand then pin into place. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew into place. Trim so thebinding is even with the mask’s edges.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 10
  • Repeat Steps 7-8 with the long binding pieces. This time you are going to attach them to the top and bottom of the mask. Find the middle point of the binding and the side of the mask. Place the raw edge of the binding piece on each of the pleated sides of the mask and pin into place. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew into place.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 11
  • Like in Steps 9-10, on the top of the mask, you are going to fold the binding over to the other side, and then fold under and then pin into place. On the ends of thebinding, fold under and pin. Using a ¼” seam allowance, attach the binding tothe mask, and then continue past the mask, sticking closed the binding, which arethe ties of the mask. Repeat on the bottom of the mask.
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets Step 12
  • Iron your 3rd piece of small bias under 1/4" on each side. This is your casing for your adjustable nose piece. Turn the mask so the side that would go against your face is facing you. Find the middle point of the mask and the middle point of the casing. Pin the casing, wrong side against the mask, and using a 1/4" seam allowance, attach to the mask, but do not close the sides. You need to leave those open to slide your pipe cleaner in!
    Pleated Face Mask With Handmade Ties Made From Upcycled Cotton Sheets nosepiece

*Please note the use of this face mask is not intended to be used to replace those which are compliant for medical which are made to resist any virus, including the COVID 19 or any bacterial infection. Please refer to the latest advice from the CDC and your health care professional how keep yourself safe from the spread of COVID-19.

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