If you're able to sew in a straight line, then you can sew a basic face mask. This is a great face mask sewing pattern for those new to sewing or those who need a refresher, and it only takes about 30 minutes to make. The free basic mask pattern is available in three sizes that can fit children and adults.
Follow these steps to sew this easy face mask.
Equipment / Tools
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- 1/4 yard Cotton fabric
- 1 1/2 foot 1/4-inch-wide elastic
Cut Your Fabric
This mask can be made in a few different sizes. Here are the fabric pieces you'll need to cut depending on which size you'll be making:
- Adult (fits most): 9 inches by 6 inches (cut 2)
- Child: 7 inches by 5 inches (cut 2)
- Extra large: 9 inches by 7 inches (cut 2)
Cut Your Elastic
Cut two lengths of elastic that are 7 inches long each, regardless of the size of mask you are making.
Pin the Elastic Onto the Fabric
Lay one of your pieces of fabric right side up on a table. Take one of your elastics, and pin it to the short ends of the fabric about 1/2 inch from the top and bottom edge. Repeat with the other side.
Get Ready to Sew
Place the other piece of fabric right side down on top of the fabric piece that already has the elastic pinned to it. The two pieces of fabric should be right sides together. Pin to secure.
Sew the Mask
Sew around the rectangle with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You'll be creating a loop with the elastic, so be sure to only sew the edges of the elastic into the edge of the rectangles and not into the whole seam allowance on the sides. Leave a 2-inch gap on one of the long sides for turning.
Turn the Fabric
Reach inside the fabric rectangle, and turn it right side out. You'll have a rectangle of fabric with two loops of elastic sticking out of the sides. Tuck in the seam allowance from the gap, so your rectangle is even. Press the fabric rectangle with your iron.
Optional: Add Pleats
Adding pleats to each side of the face mask isn't necessary, but it will help it fit the contours of your face better. Here's how you do it:
- About an inch down from the top of your mask, grab some fabric and fold it up accordion style like you're making a pleat. Pin.
- Make two more pleats the same way, pinning to secure them.
- Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew the sides of the masks to set the pleats into place.
Finish the Mask
Topstitch all around the face mask, making sure that you're closing the gap as you do so. Your mask is finished! Loop the elastic around your ears, and cover your nose and mouth with the mask.
If you don't have elastic, you have a couple of options—just remember that these need to be stretchy because they'll be fitting over the ears. You can use rubber bands or loops cut off of tights, leggings, or even socks. Here's a free pattern for a face mask that uses fabric ties instead of elastic.
Caring for Your Mask
It's recommended that you wash your mask after every use. To do so, just throw it in with your laundry, and wash normally as you would the rest of your clothes.
"How to Wash a Cloth Face Covering." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.