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how to sew a face mask

Free Face Mask Pattern

Course Crafts and DIY
Keyword beginner sewing projects, diy face mask, free face mask pattern, how to sew a face mask, sewing, sewing pattern
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author [email protected] T Makes Three
Cost .50


  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  • cotton fabric in two different patterns
  • elastic for an adult mask
  • 12 "-14" bias tape for a child mask
  • thread


  • Cut two pieces of cotton fabric in the following dimensions:Adult - 9.5” x 6.5”Child - 7.5” x 5 “
  • Mark one piece of fabric one inch from each corner on the short sides as shown.
  • Cut two 6” pieces of elastic (adult) and machine tack to the marked fabric. (For the kid sizes, you can use 4-5” elastic based on sizing. I also make these with ties. You will need 4 strips of 12-14” bias tape. Tack each piece on the mark as shown with the elastic. I machine tack for extra reinforcement but you can pin it - whatever is easiest!)
  • Step 3. Pin the other fabric face down to the tacked fabric.
  • Step 4. Sew it up leaving a hole at the top or bottom of a long side so that you can turn it. I used a little less than a ½” seam allowance.
  • Step 5. Turn it right side out and poke out the corners.
  • Step 6. Iron it out flat.
  • Step 7. Iron the first pleat.
  • Step 8. Iron the second pleat. You can pin the pleats but I don’t. I just hit it with steam from the iron.
  • Step 9. Sew along the edges making sure to close the hole.



If you run out of thin elastic you can split thicker elastic lengthwise. Use sharp scissors not a rotary cutter to split it. Then give it a good stretch to pop out any damaged elastic threads and you’re good to go!