Cynthia Rowley Creates Simple Face Mask Pattern

Designer Cynthia Rowley, who has a store in Montauk, took to Instagram this week to explain how she created a simple pattern for making your own face mask, which can be done from home.

“I had this idea. I read that there was no elastic left to make the ear loops . . . I ended up making this pattern that’s going to be available on our website, that you can download and cut your own,” said Rowley. The masks can be created without a sewing machine using any stretchy material, and it ties in the back. The designer demonstrated how you can even use a hotel sewing kit.

“Any stretchy fabric will work,” she said. “Cut up an old wetsuit.”

Using this pattern, which only includes one seam, she was able to quickly make 100 masks in 11 minutes with a sewing machine. Rowley notes that these are not medical-grade masks but can be used in a pinch to help stop the spread of germs.

Visit to download the pattern.

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