After stitching numerous face masks and spending months developing, testing, and tweaking my face mask patterns, we have actually developed what we believe is the most comfy, precisely developed fitted face mask pattern– and we have actually made our totally free Best Fitted Face Mask Pattern PDF in 9 sizes, four adult sizes and 5 kid sizes.We have actually gotten such great feedback on the convenience and fit of our fitted face mask sewing pattern and we are excited to finally have this free fitted face mask pattern and action by step tutorial prepared for you.This fitted face mask has a tight fit with very little gaps for air to get away or get in. It is so comfortable you might even call it cozy!Our complimentary Best Fitted Face Mask Pattern includes: In addition to the totally free printable pattern, we have two
design options with full complimentary tutorials, so you can make your fitted face masks with or without the soft, stretchy knit binding around the edges of the mask.This knit binding choice is wonderful for all ages, but it is specifically ideal for kids as it creates a comfortable mask with elastic edges that collect and fit completely around their faces, which helps to produce a tighter seal with better protection.You can download the tutorials as well as the patterns.DOWNLOAD PATTERNS HERE: To check out the guidelines online, scroll down for the Fitted Face Mask with Knit Binding tutorial in this post or click over to view the How to Stitch our Best Fitted Face Mask Pattern Tutorial
Part 2,( available later this week,) that includes the directions for making our Fitted Face Mask without the knit binding trim.How to Stitch the Finest Fitted Face Mask There are numerous key aspects to develop a well-fitting face mask that has a snug fit, without any spaces for air to stream in/out along the edges of the mask.1. Stitch Channels for Ties or Elastic In order to have the very best fitting face mask possible, the mask must not have gaps along the side of the face,
between the ties or elastic ear loops.The key to repairing gaps at the side of the face mask is to have a housing or channel through which the ties or elastic thread. With the casing/channel, the ties can gather the material
at the side of the mask rather of having it fold and space.2. Utilize a Flexible Nose Piece For the mask to have a tight fit around the nose and cheeks it requires to have a nose piece that bends
and fits over the bridge of the nose.There are lots of DIY choices for nose pieces, which we have covered in our previous face mask patterns, including pipe cleaners and numerous kinds of wire and metal.However, now that we are over 6 months into this pandemic, Amazon has economical aluminum face mask nose pieces readily offered. I purchased a pack of 100 nose pieces for under$ 18 and packs of 50 nose pieces are around $10. Because these nose pieces are flexible, to fit the shape
of your nose, we advise hand washing and air drying your masks in order to preserve their shape as long as possible. (If you do not wish to order a pack of nose pieces since you are only making masks for your family, no concerns, the metal ties on coffee bags will also work.) 3. Use Stretchy Knit Ties, Preferably Tied Around Head and Neck To have your mask fit snugly, however not too tight, a great alternative is to utilize elastic knit ties that you
can connect firmly however easily.(For more details on how to quickly make your own knit ties with t-shirts or leggings you have at home, have a look at our post, How to Make Ties for Face Masks utilizing Knit Material.)While many people prefer to have their masks knit ties or elastics loop around their ears, (the bulk of people I make masks for demand ear
loops too,)it does develop a far better fit if you use ties that go around the top of the head and the back of the neck.This can be 2 sets of ties or one long knit strap/elastic that loops around the top of the head and ties at the base of the neck.By having the elastic/ties around the head and the neck, you can tie the mask on strongly without pulling or harming the ears.N95 masks constantly have elastics that go around the top of the head and the base of the neck since ear loops simply can’t make the same airtight seal that ties around the head and neck can.Alternatively, you can use an “ear saver” that extends throughout the back of the head and connects to the ear loops to eliminate the ears from the pressure of elastics pulling on ears.If you need to use a mask all the time and you want an airtight fit, we highly suggest utilizing knit straps or flexible that fits around the head and the back of the neck.4.
Use a Well-Designed Mask in the Correct Size Lastly, to have the finest fitting face mask, you desire to have the right
size mask that is made with a well-designed pattern.We have spent months developing face mask patterns, screening, and adjusting our pattern develops until we have the very best possible fitted face mask pattern in nine various sizes.Our mask pattern enables less protection over the face and neck, removing additional material and bulk, to keep the user as cool and comfy as possible while still guaranteeing the very best seal and defense for a fabric face mask.Fitted Face Mask Sizing Chart While pleated face masks, such as our Do It Yourself Fabric Face Mask Pattern and our Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pocket Pattern, can fit a wide variety of face sizes, a fitted face mask needs more accurate sizing for the most comfortable and tight fit.So we have developed 9 sizes of our Best Fitted Face Mask Pattern. Our adult-size fitted face mask sewing pattern pdf has four adult sizes varying from small to extra-large. Click on this link to download Fitted Face Mask Pattern– Adult Sizes.Our child-size fitted face mask sewing pattern pdf has five kid sizes ranging from Child Additional Large/Teenager to Kid Extra Small. Click here to download Fitted Face Mask Pattern– Child Sizes.What size fitted face mask pattern need to I use?Fitted Face Mask Supplies Note About Filtration Layer For our masks, we use non-woven, sew-in, lightweight interfacing. We prefer to use sew-in versus fusible interfacing in order to avoid any glue.A layer of interfacing does not guarantee purification but adds another layer of protection while still enabling the mask to be breathable. This interfacing layer is optional and when making kids masks, we frequently avoid this layer to make the mask as light-weight as possible. Fabric face masks are NOT replacements for N95.Free Printable Face Mask Patterns in Several Sizes Below you’ll discover links to 2 printable pdf files– one that consists of four adult sizes and one that includes five kid sizes– along with printable pattern guidelines.1. Print Pattern Download and print our free Best Fitted Face Mask Pattern in Adult Sizes or Kid Sizes. Cut out the proper size pattern piece.(You may want to print numerous copies of the pattern so that you can dovetail the pattern pieces in order to make the most use of your fabric.)2. Cut Material Fold the fabric for your external part of your mask in half. Cutting the fabric while it is FOLDED
with the pattern piece will lead to
TWO mirrored pieces. If you are utilizing patterned fabric and you wish to place the pattern in specific locations, (for instance to have Olaf in the ideal position on your finished mask,)you will need to mirror the pattern(flip it over horizontally )when cutting.To create a mirrored piece when just cutting ONE layer of material at a time, FLIP the pattern piece over horizontally when cutting the fabric for the second piece so that the best side/patterned side of the fabric will be dealing with the correct way.Repeat the cutting procedure
with liner material, once again cutting while the material is folded
or turning the pattern piece for the second cut if cutting one layer of fabric at a time.3. Stitch Center Seams With RIGHT SIDES(the good sides of the fabric) together, stitch the center seam on the external material pieces and on the lining fabric pieces with a 1/4 ″ seam allowance.NOTE: if adding the interfacing layer, sandwich the 2 interfacing pieces around the outer material pieces before sewing
center seams and sew the center seam with the four layers as shown below.Trim joint allowances and/or use pinking shears to reduce fabric bulk.4. Sew Layers Together If adding the knit trim/binding
, use the following instructions. If not using knit binding, click over to follow directions for the fitted face mask without binding in our Fitted Face Mask Tutorial Part 2.
Finger press(or press with an iron)the center seam to one side of the mask on the external layer. On the lining layer, press the center seam to the opposite side.With INCORRECT SIDES together, so that the best sides of the material are facing outwards, pin the outer piece and lining piece together and stitch along top of mask with a joint allowance of 1/4″. Trim joint allowance, rounding the top corner.(Additionally, you can stitch with a 1/8″seam allowance and just trim/round the leading corner, noting that the finished mask will be a little bigger.
)Eliminate the support of the flexible nose piece and location the nose wire inside the mask with the sticky sharper side of the nose piece connected to the wrong side of the external material so that the
smoother side of the nose piece will face down on your nose for a more comfortable fit.Place completions of the nose piece right next to sewing with the center of the nose piece as close to the top of the center of the mask as possible. You might require to bend the nose piece slightly to get the very best fit.IMPORTANT: Sew a couple of stitches at both ends of the nose piece to hold the nose piece in location.5. Connect Knit Binding Along the TOP of the face mask, pin the 2 ″ wide piece of knit binding to the inside/liner side of the mask with the raw edge of the knit binding along your stitching line, slightly extending the knit material for a very subtle gather.Stitch 1/2″from the raw edge top of mask, sewing VERY thoroughly listed below the nose piece. If you struck the nose piece, you will break your needle. So sew gradually and carefully.Fold the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of
mask and after that fold over to enclose raw edges in binding. Pin in place.Topstitch binding in place, about 1/16 ″ to 1/8 ″ from the folded edge, when again sewing very slowly and carefully around
the nose piece. You will most likely need to extend the knit binding somewhat to get it to reach over the center of the nose piece.Along the BOTTOM of the face mask, carefully STRETCH and pin the 1 1/2″
broad knit strip of binding to the inside/liner side of the mask with the raw edge of knit 1/8 ″ far from the raw edge of the bottom of mask.For the bottom of the mask, you desire to stretch the knit binding more than you extended the leading binding so that there is more gathering on the bottom of the mask for under the chin. Sew 3/8 ″ from the bottom, raw edge of the mask.Fold the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of mask and after that fold over to enclose raw
edges in binding.Topstitch binding in place, about 1/16 ″ to 1/8 ″ from the folded edge.6. Stitch Casings/Channels for Ties/Elastic There are TWO choices for stitching the side casings/channels for your knit ties or ear loops.(Note: the mask on the left is a Kid Extra-Small and the mask on the left with the knit casing is
a Kid Small.)You
can just trim off excess knit binding and after that fold over the raw edges two times and sew down to form a channel.Or you can use rectangles of knit fabric to make housings that are covered in knit binding.To make this binding casing variation, initially, trim off excess fabric (about 3/4 ″)from the sides that would otherwise have actually been utilized to fold over to form the channel. If you skip this action, your mask will extend closer to the ears.Pin the 2 1 1/2″ x4 1/2″ rectangular shapes to the inside/lining side of the mask, with raw edges of knit 1/8 ″ away from raw edges of the sides of mask.Stitch in place, 3/8 ″ from the raw edge.Fold in other words ends of binding.
Then fold the long raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of mask and then fold over again to encase the raw edges in binding. Pin in place.Topstitch binding in location, about 1/16 ″ to 1/8 ″ from the folded edge.Repeat on the other side.7. Thread Ties or Elastic Throw Casings/Channels Use
a bodkin, safety pin, or a hairpin to thread your flexible or knit ties through the side casings/channels of your mask.(A bodkin needle is a wonderful tool that allows you to quickly thread flexible, straps, and so on through channels, waistbands, etc. Bodkins can be available in different lengths and styles.)As we mentioned earlier in this post, to have the very best and most comfy fit for your mask, we recommend utilizing stretchy knit ties.
(Read our post to discover how to quickly make your
own knit ties with t-shirts or leggings you have at house, How to Make Ties for Face Masks using Knit Material.)While many people
prefer to have their masks knit ties or elastics loop around their ears,(it is quicker to get your mask on and off if utilizing ear loops, )utilizing ties that go
around the top of the head and the back of the neck enable you to connect your mask on firmly without pulling or harming the ears.You can utilize two sets of knit ties or, as we do, utilize one 25 ″ -28 ″ long knit strap that loops around
the top of the head and ties at the base of the neck.Otherwise, you can utilize an”ear saver “that stretches across the back of the head and connects to the ear loops to alleviate the ears from the pressure of elastics pulling on
ears.To make stretchy knit ties, just cut long strips of light or medium weight knit material 3/4 ″ large. STRETCH the strips so that the fabric ravels at the sides, forming”t-shirt yarn.”If your knit material is too lightweight, it will disintegrate and drop tiny balls of fabric. NO WORRIES!Lightweight knit material makes best elastic”spaghetti straps”that are best for face mask ties.Cut long 3/4 ″ broad strips of lightweight knit fabric.Fold in half, lengthwise, with ideal sides together, and stitch along the raw edge with a small zig-zag stitch.Then turn the long tubes of material with a loop turner or a bobby pin. (A loop turner
is a long, wire tool used to turn fabric tubes, such as bias tubes and spaghetti straps,
best side out. )Cut to size– we advise 8 ″ -10 ″ long knit strips if using as
ear loops and about 25 ″ -30 ″ long knit strips is using as one piece that loops at the top of the head and ties at the back of the neck.Then thread ties through housings with a bodkin, safety pin, or bobby pin.If you are using your knit ties around the ears, you can connect them with knots so that they are adjustable. Once you know the correct size and fit for your masks, you can sew the ear loops if you prefer.Congratulations– you have actually simply made your extremely comfortable fitted face mask!More Do It Yourself Face Mask Tutorials For a pleated face mask, examine out our Do It Yourself fabric face mask pattern which likewise includes sizes for adults and children.For a pleated face mask with a filter pocket, take a look at our Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pocket Pattern and
Tutorial, which likewise includes adult and kid sizes.For a no-sew choice, you just need a stapler and a t-shirt to make this No-Sew Face Mask with Pocket for Detachable Filter. Likewise see how to make material ties for face masks from old tee shirts or leggings. These face mask straps are the most comfortable and super simple to make. Please note: This tutorial is for a non-medical face covering and is not intended to avoid disease or secure the user from disease. Please use this tutorial and
face mask at your own discretion. Composed by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mommy Talk with me: @ 5minutesformom and Facebook.com/ 5minutesformom Pin with me at pinterest.com/5minutesformom
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