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Here’s A Free Pattern To Make Your Own Quilted Plague Doctor Mask

We found this pattern for a gorgeous “Plague Doctor Mask,” and I learned THREE things from it today.

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FIRST — The pattern is made by mctreeleth’s page on Tumblr, suntree a-ok, who is AWESOME!

She is offering this pattern for FREE, and it’s a pattern that she COULD charge a LOT for.

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SECOND — This is a replica of an ACTUAL mask work by doctors during the plague, in the 17th century.

They would put spices and oils down in the beak, and the thinking was that this would keep the doctors from contracting the plague as they worked on the victims.

Spoiler Alert — It didn’t actually work, but it looks hella-cool!

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THIRD — I am not patient enough to follow a pattern and sew. I can hand-stitch all day long, but I was bored overwhelmed just READING this pattern.

This takes a level of precision, perfection, and patience that simply is not in my nature.

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The quilting on this bad boy is GORGEOUS, and I’m a little jealous that somebody has the talent to complete the project!!

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Sara, from suntree a-ok, let’s you know UP FRONT, that this is not a pattern for a beginner to complete.

You have to be skilled in, and have a good grasp on sewing and following a pattern.

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She does go through the step-by-step process for completing the mask — but it makes me dizzy just to look at the pictures.

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I would gladly PAY for something like this, but I could never, in my lifetime, complete something as beautiful as this plague doctor mask.

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If you actually follow along, and make this mask, I’m going to need to see pictures. I freaking admire you for being able to do something so creatively gorgeous.

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Now, Sara DOES make the point that she is not sure of the efficacy of this mask — meaning, she doesn’t know if you should wear it during this crazy time to keep germs away.

We do have plenty of face mask patterns to follow, if you need a simple mask to wear on the daily.

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Monday 18th of January 2021

I already did one :D It was hard, but worth it :D

Nancy Musselman

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

I would love this pattern. Thank you

Kobie Lindstrom

Friday 18th of September 2020

Yes please - send me the free pattern


Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I can see how to make it. It' not actually that hard. Just looks that way. She used a lot of pieces, which you don't need to use. What you would need to do is watch a basic video on "foundation piecing." After that 1. Trace the basic nose pieces onto foundation paper 2. Trace the basic nose pieces onto, probably light weight cardboard. (There are other ways to make it washable, but doesn't look like what she did. 3. Your goal now is to cover the foundation paper with fabric using foundation piecing. It can be either 3 pieces or 15 per piece. Doesn't really matter. You can draw the lines. This is why you need to watch a basic video of the technique though. 4. pin/ clip the pieces together and sew.


Wednesday 10th of June 2020

If anyone has made this please post pictures. I'm going to attempt it this week.

Ruth Nelson

Thursday 13th of August 2020

I've made it and it is fabulous. the pattern is printed to scale - she even gives a handy 1" square so you can be sure. I concur with the first comment to use foundation paper piecing. Videos abound on YouTube and it is the method of choice. The pattern is accurate. I traced it and added 1/4" seam allowances and it goes right together. You can also trace it and add the seam allowances without the lines for the patchwork and make a beautiful solid mask. I did this for the lining.

I didn't put in the eyes so I can't comment on those instructions. I just bound them. I also can't comment on what it is like to quilt it. I used buckram to stabilize mine and sandwiched it in between the lining and the outside. Also, I increased the seam allowances for the top and bottom seams (the last two) from 1/4" to 3/8". It allowed them to fit inside the patchwork without wrinkling or - in the case of the buckram - buckling.

I have pix but don't know how to post them.