Monica Nauert

Bio: Quilts. I make them. Because I make them, I buy fabric. I buy tons of fabric. I cut the fabric into smaller pieces...and then sew them back together. Add coffee, a couple of unregulated kids, and one amazing husband...and you have my life. - blessings are like buttons; people seldom notice them until one is missing. mjnauert@hotmail.com

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    • I used good quality quilting cotton for mine. When it is folded over during the making process, it has a double thickness. As with any pattern, it could be altered to your liking. Thank you for your question.

    • Shirley, That question is very hard to answer. For legal reasons, I can only say ”Here is a free pattern for a mask. Use it with your own discretion and please consult your doctor for guidance in this matter.”

      • A friend of mine who is a PHD nurse said the tighter the weave the better. I asked JOANN Fabrics as they have been providing FREE mask kits for people to make. The reply I got from them was “Research shows 100% cotton works best, but any cotton materials will be acceptable”. Some places nurses are having to use scarfs because that’s all they have. Making for your self, the cotton will be fine. Per several medical personal the only people needing the N95 level mask are those working in direct contact those hospitalized with the virus.

    • I am not quite sure what you are asking, Kevin. I apologize. I am just the person who made this mask tutorial. This was done over a year ago. I am not collecting the masks or anything.

  1. Don’t know where to get pattern for making masks. Where is it on your website. Where r people getting elastics to make masks

  2. Hi. Got your website and info from national station. Looks great! Noticed the length of material to start is 15″, whereas the instructions say 14″. Just checking, thinking 15″ would be ok too? Also for those who may be concerned and want to know before starting. Thank you so much for sharing and creating! Be safe.

    • Count the inches on the background. You are looking at the numbers on the bottom, but notice that the fabric is laying on the 1” line to begin with, not the zero. I hope this helps.

  3. I am inquiring about any help for combatting the Corona Virus
    I saw your site on Rachel Maddow
    Please let me know

    • Cheri, I am just the person who created this mask tutorial over a year ago. I might suggest starting with your local medical entities to see what they might need help with. There are nursing homes that might be able to use your help, or even grocery stores that might need delivery people. These are just a few quick ideas. Thank you for your questions.

  4. RE: Coronavirus Masks–Hi I saw your pattern on TV tonite=it appears to be for allergies=these groups are making them for hospitals==maybe you can feature them too? Here are my Coronavirus Research pages too below=hope they help

    *Here is a large-scale medical Coronavirus mask effort: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2020/03/20/calling-all-people-who-sew-and-make-you-can-help-solve-2020-n95-type-mask-shortage/#3c17ee754e41 with many pattens on its page

    **3 Coronavirus Life-Saving Resources-2 NEW!!! Please repost!!
    1) Coronavirus Updates. Prevention, Research Webpage updated daily with hygienic shopping tips, quick links to treatment & prevention websites, plus home made sanitizer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15-aArmJdIPg49B03RKwd09Ph_3Xt1aNZ7-D3L45QyKo/
    2) Coronavirus Research Updates Newsletter
    3) Coronavirus Research Updates Facebook Page
    #Flattenthecurve #Coronavirus #Covid19 #Pandemic #CoronavirusPandemic #Epidemic #Hygiene #CoronavirusHygiene #Health

    • My reason for designing the mask and making the tutorial was to help combat my seasonal allergies, but the mask can be used for many situations. I also use mine when I am cleaning or working with potting soil. Thank you for the information that you have provided.

  5. Good Morning, we have a local hospital that has approved your pattern to be made. Would you post a PDF or would you give approval for us to make one? We’re trying to get it out to the sewers. We’re getting approval per hospital what they can use. Thank you!

    • Lisa, thank you for asking, as there are people who have already taken my data without my permission to do so. I am certainly inclined to provide permission. May I ask the name of entity that is requesting? This way, I can approve to final draft before it is released. If so, yours would be the only approved version. Let me know.

  6. I am making masks for a local Project Linus, making masks for a hospital locate near Frederick, MD. They would like to use a mask just like yours. I have a knitting and sewing blog and I would like to send my readers to your site and also post a photo of the piles of masks I’ve made to get word out. I would like to ask your permission before I do it. I would hate for someone to take credit for my work, so I want to ask you first. My blog is stitchclinic.com to see what kind of things I do. Thank you!

    • Marissa, you have my permission to link to this tutorial. You may use photos from that tutorial, as long as you aren’t making your own pattern with them (I know that you are not.) Meaning, feel free to use them to link back. Thank you for asking for permission. Bless you for spreading the word.

      • Hi, I received a generic post about making masks for nurses on the front lines of our medical staffs during the Covid 19 outbreak. Yours looks like a great pattern – shared by a nurse friend at the VA in Wichita, KS. I’d like to post this for my friends on Facebook – adding the nurses’ comments of how they need it for working with patients – may I forward it to my FB friends, I will add a link back to your blog? Their comments were to add a ‘pocket’ for a paper surgical mask that they have to extend the life of the surgical masks. I would like to send the pattern and comments to friends who indicate that they would like to make them for medical use. May I have your permission to use your pattern? Thanks!

        Lou Girard
        Udall, KS

      • You may, as long as you provide a link for them. You may also use a picture for your link. My pattern/tutorial is free to use anyway, so you have my blessing. Thank you for asking, Lou. Good luck with all your sewing.

  7. Please stop calling a “seamstress” a “sewist.”
    It is demeaning to those of us who have been seamstresses for years, and proud of it.

    There is no such word as “sewist.” I looked.
    Thanks– I appreciate what you do.

    • Jane, There is now a word ‘sewist’. I just deemed it worthy. My reason for using the word instead of ‘seamstress’, implies that one makes clothing instead of quilts or pillows, etc. Every time a quilter uses the word ‘seamstress’ we instantly get bombarded by people asking us to hem their pants or replace zippers. To trick those people into staying away, we use the word “sewist”. It’s like saying, ”I’m Batman” in the quilting world. Happy sewing!

      • One other reason for using sewist. If you’re referring to a person who reads, the word reader applies. If you’re referring to a person who sews, do we really want to use the word sewer? Sounds like the black water tank to me…

  8. Thank you for this pattern & tutorial. I volunteer with an animal rescue group with a spay/neuter clinic. These will be going to their staff as they are unable to get surgical supplies at this time. I do have one question, should the fabric be washed before making the masks?

  9. Dear happy quilter:) My daughter sent me a link of your masks. Thank you for posting your pattern:) we are trying to help provide masks during the virus outbreak . We live in Brooklyn, NY n Topsail Beach, NC. We thank you and note your generous heart ❤️ 🙏🏼

  10. Hi there!
    Thank you for the mask instructions! Speaking as a non-sewing, non-crafting mom? It’s a huge help!!! Many thanks-

  11. I was able to pick up one of your masks at the local JDM store … THANK you so much for providing these! One they are needed, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact I was able to get one in purple 🙂

  12. Your patience in responding to comments, some comments that are very pushy, is amazing. You have the patience of Job! Thank you for sharing your pattern! Stay well!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! Much appreciated. And after reading some of these comments I can only think “no good deed goes unpunished”! Bless you for your patience.

  14. I began making the face mask for my family and sent two to the sister – a nurse- of my coworker. My coworker asked if I could make 34 total for the other nurses working with her sister. So I’ve begun “mask production” project. Lol. Your tutorial is so good and easy to follow. Much good karma to you for sharing it. PS. To conserve my cutest and cherries fabric I put a different back on a mask. They are turning out adorable. Thank you so much.

  15. Thanks for sharing your awesome instructions for a face mask. Love the photos. No pattern needed! Be safe, sew and carry on!

  16. I found that friends were saying that some masks were hard to breathe thru’ .. especially the paper-type. So, I followed a pattern given on a different website then your’s, then found yours. I love the simplicity of this pattern plus your thoughtful step-by-step instructions, and the lighter version of simply one layer. I’ll post some snaps on my Instagram feed – wickie98 – once I have several sewn. It is not the first one you’ll see there. Thank you so, so much!

    • Caroline, Thank you! I have been wearing this sort of mask for over a year now, and I have noticed that other masks, if too thick, pull air in around the perimeter rather than through the mask, which defeats the whole idea of wearing one in the first place. I am not in the medical field, so I don’t need a mask to be N95 quality for myself, so this has sufficed. If I were, I wouldn’t rely one this design unless it were a cover for the N95, or if I had no alternative. I am so glad you found me. I will try to watch for you on Instagram. Good luck.

  17. Hello Monica,
    I love your blog with the colorful photos. Love the stories.
    My first question is, do you sell face masks for ordinary citizens?
    Secondly, I have a quilt made of vintage fabric. A new backing was added to the original about 20 years ago. I love the quilt, and have been so sad to see some of the old fabric squares weakening and shredding; some are so thin they are unsalvageable. Would you be able to repair the quilt, possibly replacing some of the thinnest squares with fabric as similar as possible? I can send you a picture of my quilt.
    If you would like me to, let me know and I can email the photo if you give me the address.
    Thank you,
    Betsy McNamara

    • Betsy,
      I loved reading about your well loved quilt. First, I am sorry to tell you that I do not sell masks. As of right now, I don’t have a tax ID number, so it would be illegal for me to do so, as I wouldn’t be able collect the required taxes. Also, there are liabilities that come along will selling any product, and I am not capable of shouldering these responsibilities.

      I am smack dab in the middle of moving from one address to another, so this is another, lesser reason for not making masks, even free ones, for order. I am currently making masks in my free time, and sending them on to local folks that need them, so that I don’t have to mess with post.

      As far as your beautiful quilt goes, Unfortunately, I cannot repair it. I am neck deep in projects that my family is patiently waiting on, for me to finish, and I cannot take on any new or different projects at this time. The good news is, that there are many people that do quilt restoration, and the best place to find them is by calling your nearest quilt store to ask them if they know of a person who does this. You might also be able to find quilt restoration people by doing a google search in your area.

      I apologize for not being able to help you on either of these inquiries, but I hope I was able to steer you to folks that can. Good Luck, Betsy, I appreciate your comment.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your projects and information. I truly do appreciate it. I am sorry that you have encountered some rude and self absorbed (a.k.a.clued-out) individuals but I hope they are in the vast minority. I made my own pdf of your fantastic and thorough face mask tutorial and will be using it to make masks for family that are at risk. Take care and God Bless.

    • Helen,
      You are welcome. I try to share enough of what I have learned over the years, so that we can have many more years of up and coming makers, like a full circle. I try to have patience and understanding with anyone who is short tempered, or rude, or just unaware of their unkind words, because I don’t know where they are, what they have been through, or what they are currently dealing with. In short, kindness is the only stable ground to stand on, and it is always sure. Thank you for your comment. Blessings in return.

  19. I want to thank you for your mask tutorial. It’s been the only way I could understand the process. I’m very visual. I’ve made masks for family, some nurses and I just made a bunch for my grandson and his friends. I wish I’d never had to make one, but grateful you helped me make many.

    May God bless you…..and watch over us all.

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