I’ve been working for weeks to perfect a DIY Face Mask that will fit snug on the face (without gaps) and help protect against germs. You can print the PDF pattern HERE:
Printer settings for different sizes: (click printer options – print size and adjust the percentage based on the chart below).
- 100% for Regular Adult Size
- 110% for X-Large Adult Size
- 93% for Teen Size
- 88% for 10-14 year olds
- 83% for 6-9 year olds
- 78% for 3-5 year olds
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 100% Cotton Fabric Scraps (Pre-washed and dried)
- Flexible Garden Tie (aka soft plant tie) – https://amzn.to/39vV6mf
- Wire Cutters
- Sewing Clips or Pins – https://amzn.to/2URgNId
- Sewing Machine and Thread
NOTE: Cut Behind the Ears Elastic as follows: (these are approximate measurements, you can adjust to fit to your face by measuring before you cut)
- Large Adult – 6″ each
- Regular Adult – 5″ each
- Teen – 4-1/2″ each – (if your teen is the size of a regular adult do 5″)
- 10-14 year olds – 4-1/2″each
- 6-9 year olds – 4″ each
- 3-5 year olds – 4″ each
Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to sew your masks:
How to add a Filter Pocket and Head Elastic:
NOTE: For Behind the Head Elastic – cut measurements as follows: (these are approximate measurements)
- Large Adult Men’s – 15″ and 11″
- Regular Adult – 14″ and 10″
- Teen – 13-1/2″ and 9-1/2″
- 10-14 year olds – 13″ and 9″
- 6-9 year olds – 12-1/2″ and 8-1/2″
- 3-5 year olds – 12″ and 8″
- Masks are not recommended for children 2 and younger!
*Print Pattern – See link above.
*Cut pattern out.
*Trace pattern onto fabric. Cut 2 lining pieces and 2 outside pieces, opposite each other. You can also cut Non-woven interfacing to include in the pattern for more filtration.
*Cut Fabric out.
*Put right sides together of each set and sew along the front curved edge.
*Cut notches along the seam so it will lay flat when turned. Be careful not to clip the thread you just sewed.
(OPTIONAL) *FOR A FILTER POCKET: fold bottom section under twice (about 1/8”) and iron, then stitch in place from one end to the other. Repeat for both layers.
*Put the 2 pieces right sides together.
*Cut Elastic (see guide above for how long to cut elastic) – ear and head elastic options.
*Put elastic in between fabric layers. Clip or pin into place.
*Sew along outside edge of mask. Be sure to backstitch over elastic to secure. (Leave about a 3” gap for turning at the bottom.
*Cut pointy corners off and any excess elastic. Don’t clip any seam threads.
*Turn right side out. Push corners out.
*Iron Edges Flat.
* Clip or pin pleats in place along the sides of the mask (about ½” each side for regular size mask, smaller for other masks)
*Cut a 2” piece of wire for nose. I prefer the garden tie flexible wire. (See supplies for details)
*Using the wire as your guide…at the top of your mask sew to the left and right of where the wire will go.
*Place your wire inside the mask, pushing it all the way to the top, in between the 2 lines you just sewed.
*Begin sewing to the left of your wire and then continue along the edge of your mask until you get to the bottom. Leave about a 3” gap if you are adding a filter pocket, and then continue sewing around the mask until you get back to the nose area, where you started.
Congrats!! Your mask is complete!!
**Recommended washing after each use. Wash on warm and hang to dry (mask will last longer) or dry on low setting in dryer.
**It is NOT RECOMMENDED for children 2 and under to wear masks.
- Kid sizes now listed above
- Printable instructions are coming soon!
- Seam Allowance is about 3/8″ I try to do as small as my machine will allow.
- The pleat on the side is about 1″ total – 1/2″ on each side then laid down to sew. For larger size make it a little smaller, for kids sizes make it a little smaller as well.
- Ignore the 1″ square on the pattern, that was for sizing purposes but print according to the percentage you need for the size mask you wish to make.
- If you don’t have a printer try opening the pattern on your computer screen, brighten your screen and trace the pattern on a thin piece of paper. These are about how much distance is between each section of the pattern (for regular size):
Top 5″ (including swoop)
Top nose to chin 9″
Chin to Jaw 3-1/2″
Jaw to upper ear 4″
- Removable Nose Wire Instructions are coming soon as well!!
- 1 Adult mask takes about 1/4 yard of fabric.
Have any other questions please leave them in the comments. Happy Sewing!
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