Let us preface this post by saying that, although we are not medical professionals, many people feel that a mask “might” be beneficial to wear to prevent the spread of whatever. So you make the choice for you and your household, we will all stay six feet apart and hope that “the virus” doesn’t continue to spread like wildfire.
As elastic of any width is pretty well non-existent for the next while, here’s a simple tutorial to sew a face mask using elastic or ties. Our thanks to Erica Arndt from Confessions of a Homeschooler for such clear instruction! Check out her demonstration video below:
Hand Sewn Face Mask Pattern
PLEASE NOTE: These masks will NOT prevent you from catching a respiratory illness. They may be used by hospital staff over the top of medical grade masks to help make them re-usable. They may be used for someone who is sick to help reduce the spread of germs when coughing and sneezing.
*** Mask are re-usable, must be sanitized after each use! ***
• 2 pieces of 6” x 9” 100% cotton fabric of varying colors
• 1 piece of 6” x 9” cotton fabric lining or light weight interfacing for lining
• 2 pieces of 1/8” x 7” elastic OR Fabric Ties – Cut 4 strips of fabric 1-1/2” x 18” • Sewing machine
• Scissors or a trimmer
• Pins or clips
• Pencil or Hera marker
• Elastic straps: 1/8” x 6” (women), 1/8” x 7” (Men)
• Kids size: Cut fabric 5” x 7” and elastic 5” long
Tip: Use two different fabrics, one for the front and one for back of the mask so you can remember which side goes by your face. Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for masks that will be donated.
DON’T HAVE ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18” in length.
For fabric ties: use a strip 1-1/2”x 18-20”. Fold one short end 1/4” in, this will be your nished edge. Next fold the fabric strip long edges in so they meet in the center then fold in half length- wise again. Sew down the open edge to secure and backstitch on the nished edge. Tip: Make sure not to sew over the loose end of the tie as you sew around the mask.
Step 1: Layer 1 sheet of cotton fabric right side up on top of your lining.
Step 2: If using elastic, take 1 elastic piece and pin it 1⁄2 inch from the top and 1⁄2 inch from the bottom of the right side of your fabric. Repeat this process on the other side. Tip! Be careful not to twist the elastic! For fabric ties, place the raw edge of fabric tie along raw edge of mask, and pin in place, 1/2” in on all four corners as shown.
Step 3: Place your second piece of fabric right side down on top of your straps. Re-pin so that all three layers of your fabric and straps are secured together.
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Step 4: Sew around the perimeter of your mask using a 1⁄4” seam . Leave a 2.5 inch wide hole on the right side of your mask. (So you can turn it out later.) Back stitch at your stops and starts & double stitch where the elastic bands are because they will have some tension. Tip: Make sure not to sew through the strap of elastic!
Step 5: Trim the corners then turn out your mask right side out. Tip: Use a hera marker to turn out the corners of your mask. A pencil will do the job too!
Step 6: Use an iron to press your mask so the edges are crisp.
Step 7: Fold your mask accordion style so there are 2 pleats on each side. Clip the pleats on both sides. Your mask should be about 3” in height. Press again with your iron.
Step 8: Sew 1/8” top stitch around the entire outside edge to finish. Congratulations! You’re finished with your mask!
You can also download Erica’s FREE HOW TO SEW A FACE MASK PDF pattern here!
THESE MASKS WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM CATCHING A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS! For more information on handmade masks visit CDC.gov
*** MASKS are re-usable, but must be sanitized between each use ***