Written by Kumiko Toya
We are wearing masks to go run errands, walking on a busy street, or in a crowded neighborhood. One issue starting to pop up for many is walking around wearing masks is particularly sweaty and uncomfortable in the hot weather.
In Japan, it is time to welcome another long, tough summer and people are being creative trying to make themselves as comfortable as possible when having to wear masks. Having tried several ideas myself and made adjustments, I am sharing the best mask for the summer!
HOW TO MAKE A BREATHABLE JAPANESE ORIGAMI FOLD MASK
This mask is made from one rectangle fabric piece which will be folded like origami to create a unique 3D structure. With or without a sewing machine, the mask is not at all complicated to make. Just make sure you have an iron at hand because you will be folding and pressing several times!
Another great feature of this mask is that it is super easy to take care of. The wide opening makes it so simple to insert or remove a nose wire and filter so that when you need to wash it after each use, just take the wire and filter out, then clean it in the washer and dryer.
The design looks stylish and cool, doesn’t it?
💡Pure 100 percent light weight cotton is the coolest. You can find it in shirts, bandanas, and fabric stores. It is one of the breathable fabrics that also contain fibers small enough to stop the spread of virus particles.
💡I do not recommend using stretchy, soft material such as T-shirt fabric for this tutorial because they are difficult to maintain the designed shape.
Fabric: 10” x 14” ( 25cm x 35cm)
Elastic string: about 25" (60cm)
Place the fabric right side down. Fold 1/2” (1cm) along a short end.
Press and sew.
Repeat on the other side.
Fold 2” (5cm) of one of the sewn ends then press. Fold the other end so that the two folded ends meet. Press.
Fold each corner making a 2-1/2” (6cm) triangle using a ruler.
Sew about 1" (2.5cm) line from 1” from the top. This will be the casing for the nose wire.
Sew all the way around near the edges.
Fold 2” (5cm) from the bottom then press. Then fold 2" from the top. Press the piece well.
Fold each side twice to make a channel of about 1/2" (1.5cm) wide for your elastic thread. Press. Pin the layers together.
Stitch down as close to inside edge as possible.
Insert elastic string and tie a knot after adjusting the length on your face. You can make stretchy, amazingly comfortable elastic string from an old T-shirt!
Your mask is complete! Wear it and feel how comfortable it is!
Insert a nose wire. The nose wire can be a twist tie, a pipe cleaner, or any soft wire at hand. You can also make it from folded aluminum foil.
If you want extra protection, insert filter material. The mask opens wide enough that you can put it in a second.
💡Wash the mask after each use. When you wash it, take out the nose wire and filter.
Watch the tutorial on YouTube!