Make this face mask pattern with a tiny bit of fabric and elastic.  The surgical mask style pattern is simple enough even for beginner sewers!

If you are making masks for others here are some super cute printable face mask gift tags.

Sewn Face Mask

This information is from The Deaconess Health System. According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. While it isn’t ideal it does offer some support to our communities.

stack of sewn DIY face masks

DIY Face Mask Supplies

  • 2 – 9 inch X 6 inch rectangles of fabric  for adult (7.5 inch X 5 inch for child)
  • 2 – 7 inch pieces of 1/8 inch flat elastic (cord elastic or beading elastic may also be used) Women and teens might get a better fit with 2 – 6 1/2 inch pieces of elastic. Use 2 – 5 1/2 inches for a child.
  • scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • iron
tew rectangles of fabric two pieces of 1/8 inch flat elastic

How to Make a Face Mask

man sewing face masks

Place the right sides of the fabric together.  This photo shows where the elastic is placed on each end.

fabric right sides together elastic in between

Instead of pinning the elastic, it was simple to place it in as you sew around the outside edge of the fabric. If using cord or beading elastic tie a knot in the ends. In this case, the knot will hang outside of the edge of the corner when you sew around.

sewing machine stitching elastic at corner

Stitch all the way around leaving an about a two-inch in the opening along one of the long sides. The pins mark my opening in the photo. We used a 1/8 – 1/4 inch seam allowance.

fabric right sides together sew around opening left on side marked with pins

Turn right side out and press.

fabric mask with ear loops before adding the pleats

Make three pleats on each end. Pin. Just eyeball the placement. Make sure the pleats are going the same direction on each side.

sides of mask pleated and pinned

Stitch all the way around the masks twice.

detail of stitching around edge

That is it! Super easy!

DIY Face Mask made of cotton floral fabric and elastic

The Deaconesses have these details about making/delivering fabric masks.

  • The pattern is courtesy of The Turban Project
  • Use tightly-woven cotton fabric on both sides. (we used a tightly woven cotton on one side and cotton flannel on the other)
  • Please remember that both women and men in a variety of roles may wear these masks.

If providing masks to a specific organization please make sure you follow their directions. My hope is that the DIY Masks be used by the general public if that makes them feel more comfortable and we save the real masks for our health care workers.

young man wearing sewn face mask

Free Printable Face Mask Sewing Pattern

If it helps to have something by your sewing machine you can download and print this PDF pattern as a handy reference guide. I think you will really like this pleated mask pattern.

printable face mask pattern
download printable

Filter Mask Pattern

There are so many mask designs. If you are looking to add a filter to your mask try this face mask with a filter pocket. So quick and easy! I used blue shop towels but you can use whatever you like. This is also a nice face mask pattern because it works without the filter too so it gives the user options.

How to Make a Mask with Filter Pocket

face mask with filter pocket tool box blue shop towels in background

More Patterns for Face Masks

If you prefer an easy fitted face mask whip up this soft and cozy mask in minutes! I have a free printable pattern in three sizes, even a kids’ face mask pattern sized just for them

three fabric face masks
Free Pattern for Face Mask (fitted style) with how to make a mask for kids

Now that you are sewing If you want to provide comfort to someone these rice heating pads are another easy sewing project that provides comfort and shows care.

There are so many ways we can provide support to each other and help our communities.  These uplifting message hearts are the perfect way to brighten someone’s days and show a bit of love.

Easy Sewing Projects

Now you have all my easy mask making ideas. If you find yourself at home looking for ways to enrich your life sewing is a great activity. It is so satisfying to make something yourself.

Here are some easy sewing projects:

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  1. my daughter and granddaughter both have to wear a mask all day long for their jobs. unfortunately this has caused bad acne to start up any suggestions for a face mask they are wearing a cloth one now. any help would be appreciated

  2. Thank you for the very detailed instructions – especially thank you for the printable one!
    I have had masks given to me but I wanted to make some out of fabric I especially liked – and “can’t pass them up remnants.”
    You have made my day!

  3. Thank you so very much for offering this pleated mask. You have made this process so easy and your filter idea is fabulous! I just happen to a great supply of shop towels I use for making my DIY Lysol Wipes Hack. This great tutorial is on YouTube BTW!

  4. thanks for this! i have to make a pile of masks for my kids in school. love the ease of the pattern,and i prefer this less invasive style for my boys. Thanks again!

  5. I have 400 masks heading to Kansas tomorrow! My brother is a principal at a school in western Kansas and he has requested this very mask for his school and one other. The only difference is that mine have one layer of polypropylene which is a waterproof fabric in it also. Stay safe….

  6. Thank you for the direction it is a very easy pattern I now am on my second batch of 4 the kids need them for school this time I am trying to put piper cleaner in for nose

  7. Thanks, Jenny, great idea. If you have a picture I can add it to the post to help others.

  8. I used a pony bead on both pieces of elastic – added after I was finished sewing. I used a crochet hook to pull a loop of the 1/4″ width elastic through a pony bead. It makes it snug enough to stay in place. Plus, the bead and loop of elastic point away from your ear, so it’s not resting against your head. Good luck! (Note: Not my original idea. Saw it on the first ‘how to make a mask’ video and implemented it when the elastic was too long for my daughter and I.)

  9. And you do it again!! You explain things so well, whenever I need to sew anything (not that often) I struggle to understand patterns and you make it so easy to understand SO THANK YOU
    PS I am the proud owner of lots of reversible tote bags – self-taught by your tutorials 😍

  10. I just made a couple of these for my niece and it was so easy! Thank you for developing such a clear pattern! 🙂

  11. What a wonderful easy pattern. Also thank you for answering everyone’s questions, sure make
    it easier for me.

  12. Thank you for this easy pattern. I tried two others before finding your post and yours is by far the best. I have made masks for the whole family following your easy instructions.
    Thank you

  13. Thank you so much for your design and pattern to follow. I will use it to make some masks for family and friends.

  14. you also might try crocheted or fabric ear extenders. loads of patterns on Youtube or pinterest.
    Try an Olson mask too as I like that fit much better using a thinner elastic, not so close to the face or even a mask folded from a man’s handkerchief.

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