Wearing a properly-fitting mask is critical for effective protection. Depending on the mask style or pattern you choose, measurements and sizing will vary. We’ve provided our sizing chart to help you adapt your pattern if necessary.


  • Minimize or avoid the use of pins on the body of the mask to keep fabric weave in-tact for protection; better alternatives are paper clips/sewing clips.
  • Masks with elastic or ties behind the head are generally more comfortable than those with elastic that secures behind the ear, and is recommended for those wearing masks for prolonged periods.
  • We recommend a fabric mask with at least three layers of protection; tightly-woven materials are ideal for filtering out viral particles.
  • A pocket for a removable filter can add an extra layer of protection; keep in mind this feature may require more advanced sewing skills.
  • Fabric masks should be washed in hot water between every use. 

 Above tips are referred from Briarbaby

Supplies and tools

There are several materials and tools that is needed for sewing a face mask as list below:

- main fabric – about 13″x 7″, cotton (tightly woven cotton, such as quilting cotton or cotton used in quality bed sheets);

- lining fabric about 13″ x 6″, cotton (tightly woven);

- filter (optional);

- 1/16″ round elastic;

- scissors (or better yet rotary cutter and a cutting mat);

- iron and ironing board;

- sewing clips or pins;

- a sewing machine OR needle and thread if you are hand sewing.


1. Download the pattern and cut the fabric

Download the pattern, print it out, and cut it accordingly. Before you put it onto your main fabric to cut it, fold the fabric in half so that the pretty sides are facing each other. Pin the pattern onto this folded fabric and cut the fabric.

2. Sew the curve line of the face mask

Make sure the right (pretty) of sides is on each other.

Sew along the curved line on both pieces.

Then draw a line quarter-inch away from the original side line, on the inner layer. Do this for both side seams of the inner layer.

Next, you will need to clip the seam allowance on the curve part of the mask half an inch apart, both on the outer and the inner layer. Doing this allows the edge to stretch nicely instead of bulking up when you flip it inside out. Now turn both pieces inside out and use the iron to press the seam allowances to different sides. Fold the side at the line you drew earlier and put the raw edge inside to hide it before topstitching it in place. Do this on each of the ear sides of the inner layer. Fold the top and bottom raw edges of the outer layer twice and topstitch along the edge. Do this on the bottom seam line as well.

3. Add the elastic band and finalize your mask

Now you will be making a channel for the elastic band. Fold the raw edge of the outer layer about a quarter of an inch away from the edge. Fold once again until that edge meets the edge of the inner layer.

Topstitch a vertical line across the part you just folded and you will be left with a vertical tube through which you can pull the elastic band.
– For 2 separate ear loops – you’ll need 2 x 6″-8″ of elastic for the adult sizes or 2 x 5 – 5 1/2″ (kids)
– For one continuous piece that goes around the head – use 1 x 15-17″ of elastic (again, depending on the size of the face) 

4. Insert flexible nose wire (Optional)

The mask will fit your face more closely if you add a flexible nose piece and mold it over your nose. I suggest using a 7″ long craft wire, couple of twist ties, or pipe cleaners but as those are not always available, we got creative.

We’ve compiled our ideas and feedback from our readers and got to work. We tested which are the most suitable materials and what is the best length for the nose piece. Here’s what we found – the most suitable materials for nose wire.

To make a channel for a removable nose wire stitch through both layers, the length of stitching should match the length of the wire. 

5. Insert filter (optional) and use the mask

You will also notice an opening between the outer and inner layers. This is where you can put the filter in. Change it regularly and keep your mask clean by washing it in the washing machine after each use.

This article is written from Hellosewing

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