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Enclosed Face Shield Hood Pattern Tutorial

I have been worrying a lot about our re-entry to school and daily life, since there are still so many questions about how contagious and dangerous the COVID-19 virus is. In an attempt to stop wallowing in my worry, I got to work coming up with a pattern for a fully-enclosed fabric hood and clear plastic face shield.

  • Made from materials that are easily accessible and inexpensive.
  • Uses a baseball cap as the support structure, which allows for a more comfortable and cool fit.
  • Allows the wearer's face to be seen (important for lip reading and speech).
  • Causes minimal glasses fog.
  • Washable for repeated use.
  • Has a double layer of fabric, with no gaps, to prevent germ transmission.
  • NOT for hospital or medical use.
  • NOT OSHA certified.
  • Pattern is FREE to download and use for non-commerical, personal production. 

Download the pattern to print HERE. This is a large (24"x14") page. If you have trouble tile printing it, try the multipage pdf HERE.

RESOUCES:

I purchased the plastic (polycarbonate) from TAP Plastics. One sheet can be cut into enough for 12 shields and costs around $13 for the sheet.

 

 

Comments

Anne Sylte Bloom:

@Remi and @KJ — I’m afraid I don’t sell the finished hoods. I suggest finding a person in your community who sews to see if they can make one for you. The pattern is free for non-commercial use.

@Amber — You’re very welcome!!

@Charlotte — I thought about sewing the plastic on directly )feel free to try that) but I worried that puncturing the plastic all around the edge with the sewing machine needle would compromise the strength of the plastic.

@Maud — You could modify the shape of the plastic. I decided that the curved edge looked better and was easier to sew a “clean” edge, but I didn’t try an octagon shape.

Nov 04, 2020

Anne Sylte Bloom:

@Kathy I’m so glad this pattern can be of help to your daughter. Stay healthy!

Nov 04, 2020

Kathy:

I just finished making two of these. I think it will get easier and they will look better as I continue making them. My daughter plans on using them when she has to go back to in class teaching. She wanted a little something extra for when the kids are mask less in class for lunch time. Thank you for creating this.

Nov 04, 2020

Remi:

Hello, I have a shortness of Breath, so, I can’t use the mask for more than an hour. When I saw this full covered shield looks pretty cool. My question..if I will wear this shield I don’t need to wear the mask. Do you think I will breathe much better. Where can I buy this and how much?
Thank you for your time. Hope to hear from you soon.

Nov 04, 2020

KJ:

Hi,
Do you sell finished enclosed face shields? Your pattern looks fantastic and it is so cool that you posted it! I’m not much of a seamstress, so would love to be able to buy some finished ones, if you offer them through your shop.
Thanks,
K.J.

Sep 20, 2020

Amber:

I would like to thank you for the pattern. Your instructions are so clear that I am able to make this hoodie! Before I started cutting any fabric, I covered myself with two layers of fabrics to test and see whether I do not get overheated. My partner really loves this hoodie to wear. I made and gave away face shields and cap/bucket hat shields for my family, friends, neighbors and essential workers including my doctors and nurses but this is the best design that can work for the people that I would like to protect. Thanks again for the patterns.

Aug 26, 2020

Anne Sylte Bloom:

My apologies to everyone who posted comments that I didn’t respond to more quickly!! The blog comment function in Shopify is very confusing and I didn’t see that they needed to be approved until now.

Hopefully everyone who was having trouble with the printing has been able to download the 8 page version that I have added. You can link to it through the blog post as well as on the YouTube page.

Aug 13, 2020

Charlotte :

Just curious as to why you didn’t sew in the plastic instead of using Velcro? I don’t think it could be machine washed but hand washed? Thanks for a great pattern and a very thorough tutorial!

Aug 13, 2020

Maud:

Thank you for this design. I appreciate your providing the eight-page PDF for those of us whose printers do not print tiled posters.

Quick question. Why, other than the fact that it is attractive, did you decide to make the window curved? I was thinking that it would save a lot of fabrication time to cut a rectangle and then trim the corners to create an octagon. Is there a structural reason why you chose the curves?

Also, when you have time, it would be great to post photos modeling the side view and the back view.

Again, thank you for all the effort you have put into this design and into sharing it. I really think it has potential for teachers.

Aug 13, 2020

Roxanne Klein:

I wasn’t able to tile the pattern either – was there a solution? 100% doesn’t fix it – could you send the 8’pages as a pdf?

Aug 13, 2020

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