Mask Pattern Created by Ryman Arts Board Member

Make your own mask using Monica Leigh Rodriquez’s Pattern

By Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator

During these challenging times, many from the fashion industries are shifting gears to help provide aid and support to communities in need. Ryman Arts Board Member Monica Leigh Rodriquez, Creative Director and Founder of Monica Leigh Atelier, saw a need for surgical grade and home-use masks, so she designed a high-quality mask pattern that can be produced in large quantity for the public.

“A few days into the quarantine, a client reached out to inquire if I would develop a quality pattern for a mask to quickly produce and get out to the public. I was happy I was able to do something of benefit so quickly from the home office."

Driven by the need for masks in our community, particularly in the healthcare sector, Monica designed the sewing pattern shown below, sharing her work as a resource for anyone who wants to make their own mask at home. Instructions and pattern are linked below, with various pattern sizes for child, teenager, and adult masks. She also suggests using Filtrete MPR 1900 Air Filter as an added layer of protection to the mask!

Monica's daughter in a mask made from her pattern using thick jersey, organza embroidery, and sequins flowers

“From an intrinsic artistic calling to design creative beauty in fashion, it is a wonderful thing to be called into action to provide masks that are so needed!”

Instructions and Pattern for Sewing a Mask

Monica Leigh Rodriquez Demonstrates How to Sew a Mask