Quick, Upcycled N95 Mask Covers

It appears we doubled up today. Janomeman also wrote a post about Janome sewing masks. Rather than not publishing one of them, I decided to publish both! Enjoy the 2 perspectives on the mask sewing saga! Ed.

We’re all looking to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, somI was inspired to take action after reading an article recently which described the efforts of what some of our Janome America educators were doing for their community of Mahwah, New Jersey, which is also home to Janome America headquarters. Click on the link HERE to read the full story.

Following their lead, I decided to make washable covers for the medical grade N95 masks worn by medical professional and first responders, such as the Police, in my community. The mask covers can be washed, thereby extending the life of the precious N95 masks. As always, please check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your local heath organizations to stay up-to-date with mask recommendations and the needs in your area.

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I decided to use denim as I have lots of old; mostly ripped and outgrown jeans in my closet, so it was the perfect time for a sort-out, and the twill weave will stand up to repeated washings in hot water.

I used the fabulous Janome Continental M7P to quickly sew these single-layer covers, but any of our Janome machines would be up to the task! It maybe took me 10-15 minutes max per mask, including cutting. I didn’t have a “Denim” needle on-hand, but the Janome Red Tip, Sze 14 needle I already had in my machine worked beautifully.

There’s lots of mask patterns and tutorials about, but I followed the link in the article to CraftPassion.com. I made a slight alteration to the pattern, however, to fully fit over the N95 masks being used by some organizations in my community. Again, please check with your local community organizations to find out their specific needs.

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I made a slight alteration to the mask pattern provided on CraftPassion.com and cut a new pattern out of template plastic – which I laid over the original pattern for comparison.

Multiple masks can be cut from the discarded legs of an old pair of jeans. Any marking tool would work to trace around the pattern. I used a permanent black pen as it was the first thing I grabbed at my cutting table, lol! I used a small, 28mm rotary cutter to cut them out.

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I ran out of elastic while making these mask covers, so twill tape remnants I had on-hand and the tightly woven selvedges I always save seemed a good alternative. I folded the selvedges in half and stitched down the centre to make a more comfortable, narrow tie around the ears.

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Can you tell it’s me? lol!

This was a quick, easy project; a great way to use-up some neglected items from the closet and the sewing room, and, best of all, is going to help someone. I think this is why we sew, isn’t it?

I hope you’re all staying safe and taking time for yourselves, as well. As always, Happy Sewing!

About janomeman

As Janome Canada's National Consumer Education Manager, I'm SEW excited to share my love of sewing, quilting and all things creative with everyone at our fabulous new Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON. Have an idea for a class, or to be put onto our mailing list, E-mail me at classes@janome-canada.com
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3 Responses to Quick, Upcycled N95 Mask Covers

  1. Nan says:

    How easy or hard is it to breathe through the denim?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nan,

      I wondered that myself. I guess you’d have to try it out?
      I made a bunch of my masks from left over batik cotton fabric as it is tightly woven. I can breathe but they do get clammy and hot after a short while.



  2. Giuliana Nakashima says:

    First, congratulations on your new title! Sadly I don’t think we WONT need masks in the future so I”m interested in different styles and improvements so thanks for posting. Love love love all the Janome posts. No other company does as many or ones that are as useful. Be safe and well and don’t forget to tip the videographer lol. (I’m retired photographer…) Best to you and yours.


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