This pleated face covering with gothic print has an internal channel for nose wire (included) and a pocket for a filter. This face covering is made from a double layer of 100% cotton fabric that has been pre-washed at 40C, tumble dried and hot ironed to prevent shrinkage when you wash your mask. The inner cotton layer opens to form a filter pocket (the colour of this may vary from the photos). You can insert your own filter into this pocket (people are using non-woven materials such as kitchen paper towel and dried wet wipes) or wear without a filter (filter not included).
Over the nose is an internal fabric channel to insert the nose wire, but remove the wire before washing to prevent rusting. An aluminium nose wire is included, it can be bent and moulded over the bridge of your nose for a better fit. It can be replaced with other wire such as garden wire, bent paper clip, jewellery wire or a folded pipe cleaner.
The mask has ear loops made from 6mm black elastic. Slide the pony beads to obtain a good fit, or remove the bead and tie the elastic into a tight knot. In either case please tighten the knot, as I've done them quite loose.
The side channels can be gathered for an even better fit.
Small: Fits children 8-12y (approx 17-18cm width)
Medium: Fits teens and ladies (approx 19-20.5cm width)
Large: For men and anyone with a wider face (approx 22-23cm width).
It is advisable to wash the mask before use and after every outing. The mask can be washed up to 60 degrees Celsius and then hot iron.
NOTE: This is not a medical mask. It should only be used in non-clinical settings.
Wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing and doesn't prevent you from catching or spreading diseases.