Now that the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering, I have decided we need to design our own DIY styled face masks. There are a lot of great face mask patterns out there, but I always like to put my own creative spin on things. So today I am going live on YouTube to show you how to sew your own fabric face mask.
Our face mask pattern is free to download and everything you need for this project is listed below. You can join me live at 12:00 p.m. PST, or you can watch the video tutorial here later.
Let’s Face (Mask) this Together
If you’re new here, we have been publishing free craft projects on our site every Wednesday for the last few weeks as a way to offer our love and support. Since more and more people are wearing face masks now, we thought you might find it helpful if we showed you how to make your own.
These DIY styled face masks have 7 seams, and I customized mine to not steam up my glasses. I also added some wire to my face mask so it is more fitted. During the live I will be using my sewing machine to make these masks, but you can hand sew them as well. I will also share some tips, including what materials you might have at home that you can use for the nose wire and the elastic around your ears.
When making your face masks, you can choose a few different fabrics that reflect your personal style. And any extra fabric can be used to make a carrying case — or for another project. For example, I also used this fabric to make these DIY beeswax cloth wraps.
When you are ready to make your own fabric face mask, just download the pattern below, cut your fabric, and watch my live video tutorial. If you have any questions about our DIY styled face masks, just comment here or on the video!
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- Sewing Machine
- Pinking Shears (optional)
- Pencil or Washable Fabric Pen
- Woven Cotton Fabric (quilting fabric works well)
- Matching Thread
Download the face mask pattern below for the written instructions. Then watch my tutorial on how to make your own fabric face mask.
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Great mask pattern and I have tried plenty of different kinds. Out of all of them, this is my favorite.
Thank you, Lia
I love hearing that!! Thank you Sharon 🙂
You mention the non-zippered carrying case above; do you have the pattern for this posted anywhere?
Hi Kelly, we ran out of time so we’re going to show this in another live soon! Hopefully next week.
We don’t use the kind of coffee with the metal strip/closure you show in the video. Wanted to let you know I found them MADE IN THE USA on Amazon! 100 of them for $9.95. Here is the link https://smile.amazon.com/Black-Stick-Plastic-Bendable-Coffee/dp/B0876MFRSC. I have no affiliations with Amazon, just thought I would share to help everyone out.
Thanks for the link, Kelly!
What size is this mask? M S or L ?
If we had to put a size to the this mask I would say its about a medium!
Thank you for the pattern and the tutorial. It was great. What % do I have to print for a large size mask?
We would recommend trying to print at 120% and putting together the paper mask template to be sure it is a good fit before sewing.
Great mask pattern and video. My first sewing project using a sewing machine and it turned up beautifully . Thanks Lia!
I was just wandering about washing temperatures since the elastic is lycra, how do you make sure your mask is kept germ free after each wear? Loved your tutorial!
You can wash this in warm water and hang to dry. 🙂
Great tutorial, sorry I missed it live. I’ve been making tons of masks, and now am out of elastic and wire. But I will be using your ideas for both! Just one question about the swimsuit material: Do you cut in on the bias or not to make it roll? Great idea!! Thanks so much,
I will bet you are a mask expert by now! Wish you had been on our live so you could share your tips. 😉 I did not cut on the bias as it rolls well with the knit fabric and the elastic threads. I did test both directions though and noted it stretched a bit different each way. So test and see what you like best.
What’s the best way to adjust the mask size for children I have a 6 and 8 year old and these would be perfect to make for school and throw in the wash.
Hi Sam, you can decrease the mask size before printing. Try printing at 80%, you can then cut out the mask pattern and check to see if it will fit their faces before cutting any fabric. 🙂
I would love to know more about that little iron you were using!
It’s the cricut easy press mini!
Thank you for the video. I know you mentioned you made the masks from fabric you had on hand-anychance you know the brand or pattern of the scalloped, pink, white and gold fabric? It is so fun! Thank you again, I love you sight-it inspires me every time!
I’m not certain what the brand is but it was purchased from Modern Domestic, they have lots of great prints!
Thank you for giving us a mask pattern and a great tutorial! Everything you and your team create has a lot of thought and beauty! I would love a large adult and a small child pattern if you get a chance! I am also a new Cricut maker owner, so I would love to have instructions on how to use the Cricut to cut the material (not just the pattern). Thanks so much Lia!!!
You can cut your fabric with the cricut maker using the rotary blade on the correct setting for your fabric type! 🙂 We have a great video about how to use our SVG files with your cricut, check it out! https://liagriffith.com/how-to-use-svg-files-for-cricut/
Lia, thank you for posting this. I didn’t have the opportunity to watch live, but saw it on your site and knew it would be a great tutorial because you make such beautiful things. I haven’t made any facemasks yet, but when I do, I will be using your pattern and instructions. I had to smile when you said you were super shy. I have the same problem, especially when trying to explain/teach something. I think you are charming and quite lovely, despite your claim to be so shy. Ha! As I was typing that your assistant mentioned that people were mentioning how charming you are! Thank you for a thorough explanation and for experimenting to make these masks as comfortable (and stylish) as you could. Stay well!
Thank you for the sweet note, Dawn. It made me smile. Admitting that I am shy just slipped from my mouth, but in retrospect, I think it is a good thing to be transparent. We are all more similar to one another than we realize sometimes. Enjoy making your masks and share photos!
Great tutorial! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your glasses!!! Please share who the vendor & style # are. You can usally find it on the inside of the frame, Thanks!!!!
Thank you, Laureen! I have actually bought three frames because they have become my signature glasses and I lost my first pair, which made me panic! lol. They are Booth & Bruce Design PO50. The site doesn’t have the tortoise and clear sides, but you may be able to search and find someone who carries that color. The first pair I had shipped from England then I found a few online sources here in the US. Good luck and send me a pic when you are sporting your new frames. Twinsies!
Could not print out the masks. It said it crashed. Any information why???
Download the PDF onto your computer, open and then print. Printing from your browser window doesn’t always work.
Thank you. I hope my attempt turns out as nice as your masks. X
My tip if you are nervous is to use a busy print. It will look great. 😉
You stay safe too.
Thank you so very much, It’s greatly appreciated!!! Stay Safe
Thank you Geargina!