Welcome to www.howtomakeafacemask.com 

I created this website to help people that are stuck at home stay safe from the coronavirus that is infecting people worldwide. The Covid19 virus is the most serious threat to American’s health in the last century.

I would like to thank the people that created these face mask patterns and videos complete with instructions on how you can make your own facemask at home.

Please use the Share buttons to help these videos get to the people stuck at home so they can create these facemasks too.

How to Make a Face Mask


2 pieces of cotton fabric 6″ x 9″

1 piece cotton flannel or interfacing 6″ x 9″

2 elastic strips 1/8″ x 7″

Kids size:  make fabric 5”x7”, and use the same elastic size as the adult mask.

*** Please wash thoroughly after each use! ***

* Use tightly woven fabric, or hospital grade material.

* Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for the mask that will be donated.

* Contact local health facilities to see if they are in need of donations.

Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation.

As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!

While handmade fabric face masks are NOT a substitution for N95 masks, in times of emergency, the CDC may allow handmade fabric masks to be used when critical shortages take place.

You can read more from the CDC here on the use of homemade masks here:


According to the CDC website “homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”

In addition to helping the medical staff during critical shortages, these masks can be used at home as well.

While wearing homemade face masks will not prevent catching a respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone sneezes or coughs.

Above Video and Instructions by Erica Arndt


DIY: Face Masks For All Ages

Washable and Reusable

By: The DIY Designer

I hope that this video peached and inspired you to make face masks for your own family and those in your community who may need them.

If you know how to sew, please make more than you need so that you can give them to those in need.

DISCLAIMER: These are a great option, but a surgical mask is still ideal for all people, especially those working in the medical community.

I will show you how to make your own custom pattern so that you can make them for anyone. Here are the links I promised.

Downloadable pattern- https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mas…


How to Sew a Close Fitted Fabric Face Mask

By: Sweet Red Poppy

After many requests for a more fitted face mask after my pleated face mask tutorial, I’m sharing a tutorial and free pattern for this face mask! It can be worn alone or layered over an N95 mask.

Get the Pattern Download and detailed tutorial here: sweetredpoppy.com/how-to-sew-a-close-fitting-fabric-mask/

This mask features a flexible nose wire to allow for a tight fit along with the nose and the option to use bias strips or elastic.

It’s important to use a tightly woven 100% cotton fabric. If you’re not sure what tightly woven means hold it up to the light, you should not be able to see through it.

Please make sure that you prewash your fabric using a mild detergent and do not use fabric softener.

This will help to shrink the fabric to prevent it from shrinking later on after it’s been sewn.

Once your masks have been donated, they should be washed and sanitized by the hospital before being put into use.

*Homemade masks will not prevent someone from becoming infected with Covid-19. They are approved by the CDC to be used as a last resort when all other PPE options have run out.

Health providers experiencing shortages, who have handmade masks can use them on lower-risk patients allowing N95s to be reserved for emergency cases.


DIY: How to Sew a Face Mask

No Sewing Machine Required!

Pattern link: https://tinyfleetingsteps.wordpress.c…

EASY STEPS DIY Face Mask with Filter Pocket

https://youtu.be/8K6ufO2JP-c DIY Face Mask with Filter Pocket–

https://youtu.be/H0qvr6hde4s Easy DIY Cloth Mask without using Sewing machine!

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT as protective as N95 and Surgical Mask, but we can still wear on top of the surgical mask.

I am only sharing how you can make it, it is still up to you which materials you are going to use to make it more effective. 


How to Make a Face Mask to Help Battle Coronavirus

Experts have invented a way for people to make face masks at home with affordable and accessible materials such as kitchen paper.

They said the home-made coverings were proven to have achieved 90 percent of the filtering function of surgical masks.

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT as protective as N95 and Surgical Mask, but we can still wear on top of the surgical mask.


How To Make a Homemade Surgical Face Mask

By: The Ideal Mobile

P/S: This is just an idea, you may use any kind materials that you think you will get protected against viruses.

You could even use a coffee filter as recommended by the commenters for better protection.

My intention is to provide a solution for those who unable to get protection masks, especially critical places.

Hope you all understand my intent. With the new pandemic Novel Corona Virus outbreak, surgical face mask has been shortage globally.

Some may not have the chance to buy as it has been sold out everywhere. Here’s a cheap surgical mask that you can make at home.

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT as protective as N95 and Surgical Mask, but we can still wear on top of the surgical mask.


10 Minute Face Mask

By: The Sewing Room Channel

Easy to sew using two 9″ squares, elastic, and twisty tie. Very detailed instructions.

Washing Instructions: Recommend washing the mask every time you return home after being out in public.

Do not touch your face – eyes, mouth, nose. Wash your hands frequently.