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Smile Masks Project - Smile Mask Tutorial

Co-founders Matt and Taylor show you how to make a Smile Mask at home! *all measurements are in inches* *please remember these are homemade masks and have not been tested. Use at your own risk* For more information about the Smile Mask Project, go to To donate to the Smile Masks Project, please go to Materials: - Sewing machine - Thread - Sewing pins - Fabric, cut into two 9”x6” pieces (for small mask) or two 10”x7” pieces (for large mask) - 8 gauge clear vinyl fabric, cut into one 3.5”x5.5” piece - One 4”x2” rectangle template (cut from cardboard) - One 3.5”x1.5” rectangle template (cut from cardboard) - Pipe cleaner cut into 6” pieces - Shoe laces cut into four 18” pieces - Ruler - Pencil/pen - Scissors - Dish soap Instructions: 1. Wash and iron fabric 2. Cut fabric into two pieces, both 9”x6” (for small mask) or 10”x7”(for large mask) 3. Put the two pieces together with the right sides of the fabric facing inside. Put the 4”x2” template in the centre of the fabric and trace around it with a pen/pencil 4. Place the 3.5”x1.5” template in the centre of the rectangle you just drew, and trace it as well 5. Cut out the smaller rectangle from both pieces 6. Cut diagonally into the corners of the 4”x2” rectangle. Fold all four sides back on each piece of fabric and pin in place 7. Sew the seam on all four sides of both pieces of fabric 8. Put the two fabric pieces back together, again with the right side of the fabric facing in. Pin the pieces together, and sew the two pieces together with a 1/4” seam on all sides 9. Using the opening in the centre, centre the mask right side out. Iron flat. 10. Fold your 6” pipe cleaner in half, and slide it between the two layers into the top of the mask, taking care to make sure it is in the centre of the mask. Sew all around the pipe cleaner to secure it in the mask. 11. Insert your 3.5”x5.5” vinyl piece into the cut out in the centre and pin it between both layers on all four sides. Sew all the way around. Tug the fabric on all sides after sewing to ensure there are no gaps. 12. Pin the shoelaces to the top and bottom corners of the masks. Sew in place. 13. To make pleats, fold down the top corner approximately an inch, and then fold the fabric back on itself. Pin down. Repeat at the bottom of the mask. Then create one more pleat in between the previous to. You should have three pleats on either side of the plastic, all folded in the same direction. *note – many other mask patterns recommend ironing down the pleats. We recommend avoiding this, as the heat from the iron can melt the vinyl. 14. Sew over the pleats with a straight seam all the way down 15. To prevent fogging, place a drop of dish soap on the inside of the vinyl and spread it over the entire vinyl panel.
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