Simple Sewing: Sew a Mask / Face Cover | Amy Kalinchuk | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. MaskIntro

    • 2. Cutting the Fabric

    • 3. Getting Ready to Sew

    • 4. Sew it Together

    • 5. Topstitch and Finishing

    • 6. Make the T-Shirt Yarn

    • 7. Post Your Project!

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About This Class

How to sew a simple face cover using quilting cotton and t-shirt yarn 

This is a "very beginner" sewing class. You will learn how to make t-shirt yarn; cutting fabric; lining it up; sewing a thing that will be turned inside-out (this can be confusing the first time); and how to topstitch (not difficult, I promise!).

The end result will be a cute and functional mask. The pattern can be downloaded right here, and you print it out on regular, A4 paper. Everything is very simple and straightforward, and your friends will LOVE receiving one of these as a gift. I hope you enjoy this class!

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Amy Kalinchuk

Craft e-Revolution: It's ok to be a crafty rebel.


Crafty rebel! I'm so glad you found me!

I'm Amy Kalinchuk, and I know how to do a lot of things. Skillshare is helping me to show you how to do all the crafty things that I know. Maybe there will be other things too--just ask me! I love making instructional videos and sharing what I know. 

As a public school teacher for the past 28(!) years, I have honed my skills at breaking tasks down into smaller parts, and ensuring students understand each step. When you take my classes, everything will be clear; my goal is for you to be successful at recreating the project I show. 

In addition to teaching, it feels like I have been crafting for what seems like forever. I have a YouTube channel where I have created a few tutorials and other, blog-type vi... See full profile

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1. MaskIntro: Hi everybody, it's Amy. And today I'm going to show you how to make a mask just like this one out of fabric. We're going to sew it. And it's going to use T-Shirt yarn. At the end. You're going to have a project that works like this. And I'm going to show you how to make it so that you can flip it up and down off and it's still hangs around your neck. Okay. This is the exact mask that I'm going to make in the video, okay? And you can see the strings on it are particular. They are t-shirt yarn and I'm going to show you as a bonus how to make that as well. This mask is double-sided so I can wear it either way. Alright. You can wear it this way, or this way. And it has t-shirt yarn, it comes together real quickly. This is a beginner sewing project. I use t-shirt yarn because it's slightly stretchy. And also because then when you wear it, when you tie it, you can flip it up and down easily if you're like running errands and you're in the car and out of the car like that, you're going to need to download the pattern. It's a regular piece of paper that you print out. Okay? And it looks like this. And I get it from free if you're interested. And they say right on the pattern, you can distribute this freely. This is a free class that I'm giving and they say I can distribute their pattern freely. They want people to make masks. So that's my favorite pattern. I like the shape of it, how it comes up over the nose and under the chin at a fixed kind of snugly under here. And it goes up over the nose. So this is what we're making today. It's a beginner sewing project. You can do all of this if you have a functioning sewing machine, the materials you're going to need, our scissors, some fabric. It doesn't have to be a lot like if you have a fat quarter, that's plenty. Ok, thread for your sewing machine, a functioning sewing machine, and a good place to cut your fabric. That's it. So thanks for joining me today. Let's get started. 2. Cutting the Fabric: To start, you're going to want to cut off any extra. There you can see I got this fabric and Joanne fabrics, not fancy at all. Cut off that extra at the end or any ugly edge at the end and get ready for regular cuts. Now put your pattern piece on to see how you want the pattern to go. And you can see on counting how many inches I'm going to need. So I believe it was five inches that I'm going to need to cut this. So folded over. Right sides are together. That's how you're going to cut it. Makes sure that you have enough room. All right. And you put the pattern down and cut right around it. I don't pin it or anything like that. I just cut right around it. It's this doesn't have to be an exact science. Okay. It's just a mask. So cut around the pattern. Don't cut your fingers like it looked like I was gonna do there. So yeah, you can see me turning it. So don't cut your fingers but cut keep that pattern. I like to cut the curve first sometimes and then sometimes I like to cut the edge first if you're lining things up because you want the pattern to look a certain way. So cut it off there and cut all the way around your pattern. I find the medium size of this pattern works well for a lot of heads. My head, in particular my husband's head is much larger, so I use the large size for him. So just keeping that making sure you're keeping the right sides together and I'm always lining it up with that curved edge. And just cut right along that paper. You don't have to have a rotary cutter. You can do this with scissors as well. And it will work just fine. Now, this is the lining and you can see I used a different fabric that makes this mask reversible. So I'm lining it up and this time I'm living up to make sure that the pattern is the right way up. When I'm wearing the mask, I didn't want it to be upside down. You can see the skulls are aligned there and the book has words on it. And I wanted to make sure it was like that. So this time I cut off the extra First and set it aside. And I laid it out where I wanted the pattern to be and just cut it out this time I cut it out along that side first because it was folded there and I needed to pieces. So that's why I did that. So cutting it out is just as simple as this. If you need to line it up. Because you want your pattern, like if you have stripes or something you wanted to line up, then take a little care to line it up before you cut, but just always make sure you're cutting right sides together. Okay. When you're cutting your cutting on the backside of the fabric, that's the important part. And make sure your pattern is lined up before you cut. 3. Getting Ready to Sew: This is where, this is how I measure my t-shirt yarn. It's pretty scientific and put it on the edge of my table and I and I put it in and I don't know, it's, you know, it's about as long as my sewing machine are slightly less, 11 inches, something like that. And then you just line each one up with the next and measure and cut that way. So I did that one and then I decided, you know, no, I want it to be this long. Sometimes. I cut that look, I cut off that little ragged EBIT. You see, you know, just cut off the record even about that long. I want to say those are maybe ten maybe ten inches. They don't have to be super long. Okay. Now let's make sure you get your fabric pieces together. Okay, you've got two pieces of the lining fabric and two pieces of the outer fabric. And for pieces of T-Shirt yarn. Now you think we're gonna get right into it, but you are wrong. We need to check our machine tension. I have been doing this long enough to know that you need to scraps of fabric and then just so aligned, straight stitch across those two pieces of fabric. And then check it. Okay. Because if your attention is off, it's going to be all wad it up behind and look terrible. But the one I did here for you, of course, as I'm instructing, looked goods, you have flipped it over and there it looked good. You can see on the edge there, on the right edge, it didn't look so good. Now we're ready to go. 4. Sew it Together: Alright everyone, what you're gonna do is put the right sides together on the fabric that's the same print. Okay? You're just going to use a straight stitch. Make sure the right sides together and line up your fabric with the first line on your presser foot, OK, it's only about an eighth of an inch. You can do this though, alright, if you need more room than go ahead, but it's going to, that's going to make it smaller. I cut my pattern right next to the paper. So I try to keep my seam allowance small. But that's okay because we're just going to slowly see here I'm just sewing slowly because it's occur. I'm checking the back, make sure that the tension still looks good in my thread didn't break. Have sewing machines can drive you crazy. So just go slowly as you need and keep it lined up and stop as you need. There's a feature on your sewing machine that leaves the needle in and you're going to want to practice with that. I recommend you find that feature and use it. We're going to be using it a little bit later. So just so along that middle nose curve. And then here's the next fabric. Right sides together, line it up, straight stitch and just sew along the curve. Take your time. These are small pieces of things that we're sewing together. Oh, look and imperfection. I don't see the need to pin these. If you want to pin them, you can pin them, don't so over a pin every time you get to a pin, you should take it out before you. So, okay. So now what we're going to do is we're going to line up both of these pieces. And so, So once again, right sides together. There's my liner. So nice side up and here's the outside, nice side down and they have right sides together and see that little bit at the top there where the nose goes, line those up, the nose bumped and the corners. Okay. So we're going to line those up. Once again, pin if you want. This goes so fast for me. I generally don't pin. So you take a piece of the T-shirt yarn, tuck it under at a 45-degree angle. See how I'm angling it and let it stick out just a little bit. But you're going to make a beautiful little fabric sandwich here. Sandwich in. Make sure the yarn when you're sewing is inside the fabric, you should only see that little bit. You should not see the yarn on the top. You'll only make that mistake once, okay? Because then when you turn it inside out and you don't have any yarn, it's going to bother you now, it doesn't really matter where you start. I started right here on the corner. You can start. You'll figure out the best place for you to start. Sometimes I start on the bottom corner so that I end on this top corner. You see here that's where I'll end up and then I turn it inside out on the side. It's up to you. It doesn't really matter, but this is what we're gonna do you so and you start sewing right there and then we stop here. You need to stop with a little bit of room to put the new piece of yarn. And you can see right here. And so again, tuck it inside. Always tucking it inside. The little fabric sandwich. There we go. We're sandwiching it in. Let it stick out a bit. That's good. Okay. If you've never done sewing where you turn something inside out, just trust me, OK, you've got to trust me on this now see how I've left the the needle in that feature. Choose the leave the needle and feature because look how I just spun that around to turn that corner you leave the needle in and you can just pivot right on that needle and it works perfectly. And then you just line it up with your presser foot and go again. And so we're just lining this up and sewing around. We've got two pieces of yarn know right here at the middle. One of these curves seems you're going to put flat this way and the other one put it flat facing the other way. See how that little curves seem I just sewed over is facing towards Me. The other curves seem you want facing away from you, okay? And that way when you turn it inside out, it'll be flatter and you won't have to iron it. If you want to iron those flat. It's your business. Again, I don't I just because these are things that are going to be thrown in the wash and they're going to be put next to our mouth is and catching all of our special. So I just, you know, I make these nice enough and give them away. I don't sell these at all. I mean, I suppose you could if you wanted to, but I just so I'm together and go. But if you wanted to press those middle seems flat, you could. So here we're almost, I think that's the third, yep, that's the third yarn and here's the fourth one going in. So you need four pieces of T-Shirt yarn. And you set them on those corners at an angle, always tucking it inside the little magical fabric sandwich. There it is. Tuck it in, pull that out just a little bit that way, you know, for sure it's sewed in there tight. Okay, leave the needle in, turn the corner and we're almost there. Like data fast. Kids. That's it's all it is. This is the last scene we're doing, so line it up. So again, keeping it lined up with your presser foot, you can see I'm making little adjustments with my fingers, making sure that the fabric is together the way I want. And I'm gonna make sure when I cross this no's seem again that the CMB is lying flat how it was before, see how I made that adjustment. So make sure that that's lying flat the same way. And leave the needle. And again, yes, I leave the needle again to turn this little little turn here on the nose seem yep. Lift up the presser foot, Amy. Thank you. Line it up. This is y. I don't pin these again because there's all these adjustments that need to be made. I'm a renegade soloist. I mean, I'm sure someone who wanna teach me now when we're close, but you've got, I don't know, a few centimeters there. When you're close to a little lock stitch lock that that sewing up. Okay. And pull it up and cut it off. And we are half way done. Can you believe it? 5. Topstitch and Finishing: Alright, here we go. We're going to turn it out. So my, my fancy microphone isn't working right now. So sorry if the mic sounds different. Here we go. We're going to turn it out in the space that you loved in that whole, Alright, so we're turning it right side out and now it's gonna make sense. If you've never seen anything inside out before. Now it's going to make sense when you see those strings on the corners. They are sewn right in. And it looks all smooth and nice. So gentle tugs here if you give the strings. 6. Make the T-Shirt Yarn: Ok, let's make some t-shirt yarn. This is very easy. You need a T-shirt, long-sleeved, short sleeve doesn't matter here it is. You're going to cut across right at the armpit. See the armpit. So you line it up on whatever you're cutting surfaces. I find it easier to use scissors for this and not my rotary cutter. You can use scissors for the other part. I'm going to be using my rotary cutter later, but you can use scissors for all of this if that's what you have, it's all good. This is not an exact science. Cutting t-shirt yarn is not about being exact. It's about cutting up a thrift store t-shirt or one you would have given to the thrift store into yarn. So turn it so that the open sides or on the sides and not at the top. Okay. Look, I found this little tag thing on there. I don't want it I want to cut it off. I thought, oh, let's cut it off. And eventually I decided if it just forget it, I'm not well, I'll deal with it later. Again. Not an exact science. This is an easy thing we're doing here, but it's a particular way of cutting that I'm showing you. It's something all of us can do. So folded ups, the opens, the open parts err on the side, the open parts of the tube, or on the sides folded up and leave a bit at the top, that's about an inch and a half, ish, you know, whatever. Now, leave that open part at the top and you're going to cut up from the bottom of this tube and I'm kind of fussing with it to make it lies flat as I can. And if it's not perfectly flat, once again, it doesn't matter. So careful of your fingers always and cut up. And then just over that little fold that we've left, just over it, that's what you want. Okay, don't cut all the way to the top. This is one of the tricks of cutting this tube into a long, one long string. Okay, so you just cut from the bottom up and it overlaps the little folded edge uv left at the top there. That's why you need to be able to see it. It's all good. Just cut across the whole thing like that. So now how you cut it from these strips. So you're going to lift it up. Here it is. You're going to lift it up at the top where you didn't cut. Okay. And what you're going to see is that you have left this area in the middle. Okay, I think it kind of looks like a backbone of a weird floppy insect. But you've left this part and this is where you're going to cut. Ok. You're going to start I start on the left. I mean, if you wanted to start on the right, you would just have to reverse this process. This is the deal. Look at the bottom. I put a book under its, you can see it. So you can see how you cut. So start from the bottom. Do not cut straight across. Do not do that. Ok. No, no, no. Do not cut straight across. Cut one over, diagonally, one over. That's all you have to do, is do not start going straight because then you're just cutting loops. If you cut diagonally one over. Hey, you can use scissors, don't your euro recruiter for this. If you cut diagonally one over, then just keep going. Okay, from the bottom up to the next one. If you start it by cutting one to the right, then all of them remaining will be one to the right. And so you just keep cutting the cross, cutting across. Alright, it doesn't have to be perfect. And you'll see why in the end when we spin it. But just keep cutting across all the way through that spine and on and on like that. Okay, now we get to the end. It's going to look like a letter y there. We've got to the end. And so you have to make that diagonal cut. And all you do is cut that tail off. That's all you do is just pretend it was there and just cut off the end. Alright, now we go back to the beginning and it looks like the letter y start from the right side and cut across. And there it is. Now, all of this T-shirt is one long strip all together. See? It's one long tangling. It's not too bad. Strip and you just pull it out into one long strip. That's it. So Wrap it up into a ball at this point. So just wrap it around your fingers and loosely. Not too tight. Okay. Just wrap it around your fingers loosely and then turn it. I believe I show how you turn it to make it more egg-like. Come on, Amy, turn it. There I go. So I took it off my hands and I turned it and you wrap it the 90 degree way and then just kinda wrap around at an angle. And it will wrap and wrap and wrap until it's all wrapped up into a ball. Okay. So that's easy. Why do I have this for so long? Why is this part of the just it's okay enough. Yeah. Don't worry about the tag there that I cut through. Irrelevant. It's all good. Fine. Thank God Amy, Here we go. Spin the yarn so we don't use a spinning wheel. All you have to do to spin t-shirt yarn is pull it, give it a tug, and it will curl up onto itself. Do you see how it goes from flat into kind of tube-like. That's what you want. This particular t-shirt, it was very stretchy and I pulled too hard and look what happened. It broke. It's no big deal. You can tie those together. Okay. To make one long tube, you can use that as a string. It's it's no big deal. Don't pull so hard. Okay. You don't need to be Hulk. Smash about it here. Just pull and stretch and it curves into itself, I believe. I hope, yes. See, you know, it curls up onto itself. That's what you want. Because if you then it's ready, you're ready to go. That's all you have to do. 7. Post Your Project!: Here it is, as promised, a reversible mask that you made yourself. So this is your project and I want to see you guys posting your project when you make one, okay? So it's going to be masked selfies and you show me what your mask has on the front and the back, okay. So that it's reversible. I really hope you've enjoyed this and I hope that you enjoy making these for your friends and family. And I thank so much for being here first of all, thank you very much. I do have another sewing tutorial up right now and there will be more in the future, more crafty ones, not necessarily sewing, but I appreciate you following me here on skill share and let me know what other things you want me to make because I know how to make a lot. So let me know and I'll see you soon. Thanks so much. Bye.