How to Make Fabric Face Masks
In these trying times face masks have become a necessity for many people. People all over the world are looking for that added protection and can’t find it. We, as sewists can help those who cannot find the help they need by making these face masks and giving them to local charities, hospitals and the elderly. This is a very simple sewing project that anyone with basic sewing skills can make. You can use remnants like I did or delve into your stash to create your masks. They can be made in a matter of minutes and will go a long way in helping those in need. I took this pattern from a N95 shaped mask. The pattern can easily be adjusted to make it larger or smaller if you want. This will not replace a surgical mask or an actual N95 mask. If you would like a filtered face mask check out my latest mask tutorial here.
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****ADDENDUM**** it is getting very difficult to get elastic right now. An alternative is to use 4 pieces of 15″ ribbon or T-shirt fabric that has been stretched so it rolls attached to the four corners of the mask so it is long enough to tie at the back of the head. Thanks for making these masks I hope that you will use them and give them to those in need.
What you will Need: How to Make Face Masks
- Pattern you can get Here
- 1/4 yd outer fabric
- 1/4 yd inner fabric
- 14″ of 1/4″ elastic
Step 1: Cut out the Pattern and Fabrics
Cut out the pattern. Cut four pieces of fabric using the pattern piece. If you want your mask to be reversible cut two from one fabric and two from the other. Make sure they are mirror images of each other. This should come naturally if you are cutting the two pieces on the folded fabric. If you are cutting on a single layer of fabric make sure to turn the pattern over for one of the pieces of each fabric color or pattern. Mark the location of elastic.
Step 2: Stitch the two pieces together
Pin the curved edge of the fabric pieces right sides together and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat this for the other fabric pieces. You should have two masks exactly the same.
Step 3: Add the elastic
Pin the elastic at the marks on the pattern. Tack the elastic into place by stitching over it a few times with your machine using a 1/8″ seam allowance.
Step 4: stitch the pieces RIght sides together
Place the two masks right sides together with the elastic in the center. Stitch all the way around the mask using a 1/4″ seam allowance but leaving a small opening at the bottom for turning.
Step 5: Turn the Mask
Turn the mask right sides out and top stitch all the way around closing the opening as you go. You have now finished your fabric face mask.
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