Greetings from face mask central. Today, I want to share what I’ve been adding to my face masks to tighten up the nose area. So, let’s get to it, here’s how to add a fitted nose piece to a face mask.
A better fitting mask makes for improved protection. The good fit is also valuable to us eyeglass wearers, as it helps avoid the fog up situation. It’s fast and easy to attach a metal bridge holder.
Where to Buy Fabric and Notions for Mask Making
Below are lots of options to find your mask making materials.
Sewing Materials for your Nose Piece Insert
Time to grab your sewing supplies. You do not need much! See below for a very short list of basic materials and ideas on where to purchase them. Affiliate links in blue.
Aluminum Flat Nose Wire with Backing Tape. Bendable and sticky nose pieces for handmade DIY masks. From Amazon HERE
Instructions for How to Sew a Nose Piece into a Mask
This is a really easy tutorial, but I thought it might help if I broke it down into a few simple steps with photos.
1 Prewash your mask
If you have not already washed your mask, be sure to now. This will help avoid shrinkage and problems later with the fit of your face mask metal nose piece.
2 Cut bias tape or fabric to create the casing
Grab your fabric or double fold bias tape. With scissors, cut a piece of material to fit your metal nose piece for mask casing. Cut the length and width just a bit larger than your metal nose insert.
Bias tape works so well for this because the raw edges do not unravel. It’s incredibly fast, easy, and ready to go.
If you are using the bias tape, cut it in half, right down the middle fold. Now you have 2 perfectly folded pieces for 2 face masks. Cut to the length that works best for your mask.
When using regular fabric, cut a piece to fit and iron in half lengthwise.
3 Sew the casing to the top of your mask
After folding the fabric in half, OR using the pre-folded bias tape, position the strip inside the mask, at the top, where you want to sew it in.
Run a stitch across the open top edge of the casing where the two edges come together. This closes it up and creates a tube for your metal nose piece to slide in.
Be sure to secure at both ends of the straight stitch by backstitching. Do not close the ends of the tube yet though. Ta-Da! You are almost done.
4 Insert Metal Nose Bridge strip into the Casing
Your nose piece bar or aluminum flat nose wire should slide right into the tube you just made.
I prefer to leave the two ends open, and remove the metal piece when I wash the face mask. If you would rather, you could stitch both ends closed at this point too.
There you are! This is a look at the front of the mask after you added a nose piece casing. You could line up your stitching with the mask topstitches, but it is totally up to you.
Please let me know if you add a nose piece to your project! I think you will find it a great way to improve the fit and comfort of your face mask.
Take care, friends!
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I am not a medical expert. The masks in this tutorial are not meant to replace N95 masks or any professional medical equipment used in healthcare or medical facilities.
For expert advice on homemade masks and how to properly wear a homemade mask, see the CDC website.
Nonmedical versus Medical grade face masks
Please note, this is not a medical-grade mask or medical grade nose piece feature. Medical grade face masks and features are usually for those working on the healthcare frontline.
Nonmedical, reusable fabric face masks and attributes are for use to the general public.
When you are wearing it, make sure the cloth face mask covers your nose and mouth with a snug fit that does not touch your lips. Also, remember to wash your DIY face mask in hot water after you wear it in public.
This tutorial is for educational purposes only. These mask ideas and designs or anything created from this tutorial is not intended to be used to create a medical or similar device.
These mask ideas and designs or anything created from this tutorial is not intended, nor has it been tested, to reduce or eliminate the transmission of any respiratory or airborne pathogen, allergen, or any type of particle or droplet, and on that basis, should not be used for any such purpose.
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