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UPDATED – DIY Fitted Face Mask Tutorial & Pattern

Welcome! This is the updated Face Mask Tutorial. My previous tutorial and pattern have been a huge hit, with over 1 million views on youtube! I am so glad you guys love it. Over the last several months I have modified the original to include sizes for all ages, an optional filter pocket and a removable nose wire pocket. I’ve also included instructions in the video for all different kinds of elastic or tie straps. I hope you enjoy it!

**These instructions are the property of Taya Somes @EatPrayCreate. They can not be sold of distributed. They are for personal use only.

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Watch the Tutorial on Youtube:

Print the Pattern:

These are the different Printer settings for different sizes: (once the PDF pops up – click printer options – print size and adjust the percentage based on the chart below).

  • 110% for X-Large Adult Size
  • 100% for Regular Adult Size
  • 93% for Teen Size
  • 88% for 10-14 year olds
  • 83% for 6-9 year olds
  • 78% for 3-5 year olds


*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 a regular Adult size mask):
Top 5″ (including swoop)
Top nose to chin 9″
Chin to Jaw 3-1/2″
Jaw to upper ear 4″

NOTE: Seam Allowance is about ¼” except when top stitching, that is 1/8”


– 100% Cotton Fabric Scraps (Pre-washed and dried) See Fabric amount needed for each size mask below. – https://amzn.to/2AbEeFR

– Elastic (or Soft Elastic for around the head) – you can find it here: https://amzn.to/2VJOITu

 or https://amzn.to/3auRFwk

– Flexible Garden Tie (aka soft plant tie) – you can find it here: https://amzn.to/39vV6mf

 – Wire Cutters – https://amzn.to/3dVFuLW

– Sewing Clips or Pins – https://amzn.to/2URgNId

– Scissors or Rotary Cutter – https://amzn.to/2UqISX5 or https://amzn.to/3dQW7YP

– Ruler – https://amzn.to/30tHyXA

– Sewing Machine and Thread – my sewing machine https://amzn.to/2XLbvR4 – another great more affordable option https://amzn.to/2XLPzW2

Amount of Fabric Needed for Different Size Masks:

(a ¼ yard can make about 2 masks – depending on the width of the fabric and size of masks)

Mask Size –  Fabric size in inches

  • XL –  8”x 6” (4 pieces)
  • Regular –  7”x 6” pieces (4 pieces)
  • Teen – 6-3/4” x 5-1/4” (4 pieces)
  • 10/14 – 6-1/4” x 5” (4 pieces)
  • 6/9 – 6” x 4-3/4” (4 pieces)
  • 3/5 –  5-1/2” x 4-1/2” (4 pieces)

Elastic Options:

*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!

*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 – 5” each – (if your teen is the size of a regular adult do 6″)
  • 10-14 year olds – 4-1/2″each
  • 6-9 year olds – 4″ each
  • 3-5 year olds – 4″ each

*For Ties cut your bias tape, t-shirt strips, or ribbon as follows: (these are approximate measurements)

  • Teen and Adult – amount 2 each – 15” & 13” strips
  • 10/14 – amount 2 each – 13” & 11” strips
  • 6/9 & 3/5 – amount 2 each – 12” & 10”


*Cut pattern out.

*Trace pattern onto fabric. Cut 2 lining pieces and 2 outside pieces, opposite each other. Can also cut Non-woven interfacing to include in the pattern for more filtration or a third layer of fabric.

*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.

*FOR THE FILTER POCKET: fold bottom section under twice (about 1/4”) and iron, then stitch in place from one end to the other. Repeat for both layers. (Skip this step if you don’t want a filter pocket)

*Put the 2 pieces – front and back – right sides together.

*Cut Elastic (see guide above for how long to cut elastic) – ear and head elastic and tie options.

*Put elastic in between fabric layers. Clip or pin into place.

*Sew along right, top, and left side. Be sure to backstitch over elastic to secure.

*Cut pointy corners off and any excess elastic. Don’t cut any seam threads.

*Turn right side out. Push corners out.

*Iron Edges Flat.

* Begin sewing along the outside edge of mask starting at the bottom and working all the way around the mask. Be sure and leave about a 3” gap at the bottom of the chin area for inserting a filter if desired.

*Create Wire Pocket by cutting a piece of fabric 3” x 2-1/2”. Fold in half the long way, right sides together, and sew along the 2 short sides. Trim upper edges. Turn right side out and fold open seam inward. Iron flat.

*Sew top edge of Nose pocket to the top of inside of mask. Sew bottom edge next. Leaving the 2 short ends open.

*Cut a 2” piece of wire. Clip the wire ends shorter than the cover on each side and insert into mask pocket. (Remove when washing)

* Clip pleats in place along the sides of the mask (about ½” each side for regular and XL size masks, ¼” for other masks) Sew over the pleat 2 or 3 times.

Your mask is complete!!

**Recommended washing after each use. Remove Wire before washing. Wash on warm and hang to dry (mask will last longer) or dry on low setting in dryer.

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Hi I'm Taya! A stay-at-home mother to 5 cuties. I love to craft, sew, blog and make fun things. I'm the creator of the 'Eat-Pray-Create' blog and I'm so glad you're here!

Hi I'm Taya! A stay-at-home mother to 5 cuties. I love to craft, sew, blog and make fun things. I'm the creator of the 'Eat-Pray-Create' blog and I'm so glad you're here!

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