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Today I’m sharing a Free DIY Face Mask tutorial to help you make fitted face mask with a filter pocket for you and your loved ones.
This is an easy pattern to follow and if you need to make lots of masks, in case you’re donating or selling them, then this pattern will work for you too!
P.S. Please help us reach more people who need this pattern by sharing it where possible.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Cricut Maker cutting machine
- Pink Fabric Mat
- Rotary Blade
- Sewing Machine
- 100% Cotton Fabrics (Outer, Inner and Filter Pocket)
- Coordinating Threads
- 1/8 inch elastic
- Face Mask Cut File (Download is at the bottom of this post.)
Here Are Some Tips Before You Get Started
- Pre-wash your fabrics to minimize fabric shrinkage later.
- If you’re making more than 1 mask, consider cutting all your fabrics and materials before you head to the sewing machine.
- Keep notes when you find a good size that fits most. (Example: Adults, Children, Toddlers)
- Iron all your fabrics before you start cutting and sewing.
What if I don’t have a Cricut Maker?
If you do not have a Cricut Maker with a rotary blade not to worry! Just cut out the pattern onto cardstock to create a template to trace on your fabrics.
I’ve done this as well because sometimes it’s easier to trace and cut by hand than to load the mats.
This also works great if you’re making lots of masks at once. I normally cut the same pattern pieces a few times each and then use a glue stick to glue them together to create a thicker template to trace. This makes it so they last longer.
Let’s Start In Design Space. (Prep)
Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to prepping your fabrics.
- Open the FREE Face Mask design in Design Space. – If you plan on making these masks for adults, use the adult size Design Space pattern at the bottom of this post as is. OR If you’re using another cutting machine OR need to resize the pattern, watch my video to show you how to resize this pattern to fit other sizes. (Find the video below this section.)
- Prep your fabrics. – Remember that you will need an outer fabric, a inner lining fabric and a fabric for your filter pocket. The 4 bigger sizes of the pattern are your outer and inner lining pieces and the 2 smaller ones are for the filter pocket. NOTE: I like to use the same fabric material for the outer and inner lining and then just use a coordinating fabric for my filter pocket, but feel free to use what you have/want.
- Send your fabrics to cut. – Now that you’re ready to go, send your fabrics to your cutting machine. For an adult mask there should be 3 mats. Remember to select the “Cotton Fabric” material before you send it to cut.
Now We Sew It! (Instructions)
Finally we are ready top put it all together. Take out your sewing machine, thread it and make sure you have enough bobbin thread.
Then follow these steps:
- Take the two filter pieces (the 2 smaller ones that you cut) and fold a 3/8 inch seam on the shorter side of each and press it with an iron.
- Now take the two filter pieces to the sewing machine and individually sew a zig zag stitch along the short folded edge.
- Next, line up your outer, inner lining and filter pocket fabrics with their coordinated partner, pretty sides facing each other, and sew a single line stitch along the longer edges leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure to sew all the way and back stitch at the beginning and end. You should end up with 3 pieces. You outer, inner and filter pocket pieces.
- Now use your scissors to trim snips along the seam allowance of all 3 pieces to allow for easier shaping. Be careful not to trim the stitches.
- Open the inner fabric piece and place it pretty side up on your table and layer it with the filter pocket, also pretty side up facing you. Once you’ve lined these two up, top with the outer fabric piece, but this one should be pretty side down.
- Make sure to line up the middle seams of all 3 pieces and place pins to secure the pieces all around.
- Next sew a single stitch along each of the long sides of the mask leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure to back stitch and do not sew along the shorter ends, leave those open.
- Now turn the mask right side out by reaching between the pretty side of the filter and pretty side of your outer fabric and give it a good press with your iron, use lots of steam to give it its shape.
- Take each of the raw edges now and fold them in approximately half an inch and press those down as well.
- The last step is to sew a single line stitch along the shorter sides while sandwiching in your elastic between them to form a loop that will go around your ears. This will seal the elastic in and complete your mask. NOTE: For a regular adult, I’ve found that 5 inch long elastic is a good measurement.
Viola! You’re done. You did it! You made your first mask!
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE TO READ: Free Ear Saver SVG File
But What About …? (Q&A)
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to making face masks. I will attempt to answer them to the best of my ability and I may refer you to other resources.
Q: Are these going to protect me against Covid-19?
A: No. Handmade masks are designed to protect others more than the person wearing the mask. By covering our noses and mouths we prevent “hopefully most” of the germs that we put out otherwise. The CDC is moving toward recommending that the general public wear masks while Covid-19 is spreading.
Q: Are these medically safe?
A: No. Nothing can take the place of a medical N95 mask. Doctos, Nurses and Hospitals are taking donations of handmade masks, however they are being used mostly to prolong the life of N95 masks which are in shortage.
Q: What can I use if I don’t have / can’t find any elastic?
A: There are many alternatives to elastic material, but my favorite are fabric straps. You can sew some out of coordinating fabrics or you can even use bias tape. When you get to the step where you sew in the elastic, simply replace it with the straps.
Q: What material can I use for the filters?
A: I personally will be using some interfacing material, but you can read Jennifer Maker’s really informative post on “What Face Mask Filter Materials To Use And Avoid” for suggestions as to what you can use for yours.
QUICK NOTE: You can use this design for personal and commercial use. If you’d like to share it with your friends (I’d LOVE THIS!), I do ask that you just link them to this post and help support my website.
Thank you so much for your support, and if you make anything with this design, tag me @PerfectStylishCuts, I love seeing your makes.
DOWNLOAD THE DIY FACE MASK SVG CUT FILE AND PATTERNS HERE