Custom embroidered face masks can retail for $15 each and cost under $2.00 to make!
Custom face masks are a quick and easy way to make put some life back into your embroidery business.
Not only are companies making face masks mandatory, many local governments are putting masks ordinances in place. This has led to a HUGE rise in the popularity of both fashion and branded face masks.
Making a custom face mask with embroidery is a great way to help your customers feel better about wearing them AND is a big boost to your business.
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In this video we are making custom face masks with an Avance 1501C 2020 business class embroidery machine.
Blank Face Masks
The blank mask you’ll see is the District V.I.T. Face Masks. These can be found on Colman and Company with no order minimum required.
These cotton masks secure over the face with elastic head straps. This means no discomfort around the ears!
This material will help reduce irritation which is extra important for masks as they tend to rub sensitive areas of the face.
The Cover Up is heat activated so we use cut out pieces of our lower heat press platen pad to make a raised, flat surface for our embroidered design.
Steps to Take Making Custom Face Masks
Here are the steps we took to make the custom embroidered face mask in the video above.
Digitizing your design
Remember that the more complicated or large your embroidery design is the more stitches it will require. And the more stitches it requires the heavier it will be and the more it will block air flow in the custom mask you’re creating.
If you’re doing your own digitizing just make sure the design has lots of open spaces or is off center.
You might consider using a digitizing service, like http://coldesi-graphics.com. They’ll not only digitize the design perfectly, but they’ll sew it out on similar material so you can see how it looks and how it sews out.
Hooping your blank face mask
While you can use standard embroidery hoops, for this job we are using our Allied Gridlock Hoop. This is a premium hooping system that has gridlines to ensure your garment is perfectly in place.
Cover up and Using a Heat Press Platen Pad
You can use a variety of materials for to make sure the area you’re going to embroider on your mask is FLAT. That can be tough with many blank masks because they’re made to curve around your mouth and nose.
Please make sure the material is firm enough to withstand the pressure of a heat press and won’t melt when heat is applied. The Heat press platen pad we used is perfect!
The Cover Up material needs to be completely flat with no wrinkles when heat pressed onto the mask. So, we recommend cutting two different sizes of the lower heat press pad to create a pyramid like structure that your mask will fit snug around.