Fabric Mask Tutorial with Lisa Bunnage

Fabric Mask Tutorial with Lisa Bunnage

Hello friends and makers,

We're very excited to introduce you to our new series of live events with our amazing makers and in collaboration with Frameworq Education Society and Lisa Bunnage
In the spirit of time and urgency with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we've decided to start our first ever online tutorial about how to make fabric masks.
Lisa Bunnage is our expert upcycler and she will be showing you step by step how to make a Fabric Mask at home.
There are many tutorials available online and this tutorial will include a sewing machine.

Here are the things you'll need:

    • Recording of the Live Facebook Tutorial
    • Written Instructions and Pattern - download here
    • A Sewing Machine
    • Scissors
    • FABRIC 
      • Type: lightweight non-stretch cotton, quilting cotton, bed sheet fabric.
      • Dimensions: the size of 2 x letter-sized pieces of paper for each mask)
      • Recommended using a darker colour fabric or a print for the outer side and a lighter colour fabric for the inside (the part that touches your face).
    • Thread: any type
    • Elastic: recommended ¼ “ wide and 13” long
    • Wire: 4” long thin wire that is pliable to form around the bridge of your nose.

Live Facebook Q&A With Lisa After The Tutorial

Please note

Fabric masks are not PPE and are not meant to be used by healthcare workers as they are not as effective as the N95 masks.
However, many service providers nationally and internationally that have no access to N95, have asked the maker community to make fabric masks so they have some protection, even if not as effective as the N95 while they provide service to vulnerable communities.
Please also note, that we strongly suggest getting in touch with the organizations that are in need of these fabric masks, before making the masks so materials and effort do not go to waste.
There are a number of Facebook groups that have people from various organizations posting about the needs for masks and we strongly suggest that you coordinate with them directly which masks they need (if there's a particular pattern or materials they require to use), how many and how are the masks getting to them (pickup/drop off/shipping etc).

Example of Facebook Groups in Vancouver area:


  • Patricia Leung

    I have difficulty downloading the pattern,would appreciate if you could send it to my email address.
    Thank you for your attention
    Best regards,

  • DIane

    Great tutorial. My mom has been making masks for the Abbotsford Maternity Group since this began. She has a different pattern, but I’m going to give yours a try. You asked if there was anything else we would like to see a tutorial on, then mentioned that you make slippers….I would love to see that and learn how to make for myself and grandchildren. Keep up the great work and thank you for your service.

  • Sandi Schulz

    Good morning! I absolutely LOVE your face mask tutorial. You did a fantastic job. I felt like I was sitting next to you in your “creation workshop”. 😊

    I have spent much time trying to download the face mask pattern and instructions to no avail. Would you be so kind as to email them to me directly? I would appreciate it so much.

    Warm Regards,

  • Helen

    Have you seen or heard of a group on Facebook called Canada Sews (Eastern Canadian groups so far)?
    They are making their masks with pockets for HEPA filters that they are sourcing from vacuum bags to have more protection? “ Our organization is taking masks and placing a HEPA filter (that have been donated) inside these mask. Are they N95? No, but they are close, and it sure beats a bandana or a plastic bag! ”
    Just thought I’d pass that on if it’s helpful. I’m not able to help with the sewing but really wish I could! THANK YOU!!! Great work people!!

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