June 2, 2020

How To Make The Perfect Lightweight Mask: Origami-Fold, Breathable & Very Easy to Make!

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.

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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!


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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!

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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.

mask top 6The 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.


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Fabric: 10” x 14” ( 25cm x 35cm)
Elastic string: about 25" (60cm) 


step 1

Place the fabric right side down. Fold 1/2” (1cm) along a short end.

step 1_6Press and sew.

step 1_3-1Repeat on the other side.


step 2-2step 4-2Fold 2” (5cm) of one of the sewn ends then press. Fold the other end so that the two folded ends meet. Press.

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step 4_3

step 5-1Fold each corner making a 2-1/2” (6cm) triangle using a ruler.


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step 5_3Sew about 1" (2.5cm) line from 1” from the top. This will be the casing for the nose wire. 


step 5_1Sew all the way around near the edges.


step 7_3

step 7_4Fold 2” (5cm) from the bottom then press. Then fold 2" from the top. Press the piece well.


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step 10_3Fold each side twice to make a channel of about 1/2" (1.5cm) wide for your elastic thread. Press. Pin the layers together.  


step 11_2-1Stitch down as close to inside edge as possible.


step 12-1

t-shirt tie-1Insert 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! 


mask origami 5Your mask is complete! Wear it and feel how comfortable it is!


nose wire foil

step 13-1

step 13_2Insert 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.


filter 1
filter 2If 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!



20 Funny Craft Quotes Only Crafters Will Truly Understand

March 2, 2021

Written by Kumiko Toya

March of every year is National Craft Month! In celebration, we have put together 20 hilarious quotes that only crafters will understand - because life as a crafter can create some funny situations that we all know and experience.


Bring on The Bloom with These Spring Chigiri-e Motifs

February 23, 2021

Written by Kumiko Toya

Spring is in the air! After the long cold days of winter, celebrate the return of warm weather and flowers with Chigiri-e motifs covered in bright, colorful Washi papers that would be perfect to enter spring vibes into your home. 


Embracing Social Distancing with Etegami: Sachiko Hanashiro’s Etegami Gallery Part IV

February 17, 2021

Written by Kumiko Toya

As we near the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic, Etegami artist Sachiko Hanashiro shares how she embraces the life of social distancing. 


DOUBLE THE FUN with TWO CHIGIRI-E KITS! Camellia and Balloon Flowers

February 12, 2021

Written by Kumiko Toya

Japan has a long history of gardening, but the unique gardening culture blossomed during the political stability of the Edo Period (1603-1868). While many large strolling gardens with ponds, islands and artificial hills were built by nobles, tsubo-niwa (mini gardens) became popular among the urban population. Tsubo-niwa consisted of a few carefully arranged items such as stones, water basins, and plants. They have taken root in the townhouse gardens today. 


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