Everything about 2020 has been unusual, and Christmas is no exception. But I’m determined to make this holiday season as joyous as possible, which is why I decided to create this festive DIY Christmas face mask!
This project adds a super cute decorated fabric Christmas tree to my free DIY contoured face mask pattern. The face mask pattern has three sizes, so I created 3 sizes to this tree template to fit them perfectly.
I love the look of those shiny and colorful beads decorating the tree! They just make me happy! It’s the same style that I used a couple of years ago for my DIY Christmas tree banner.
These masks are not only pretty, but also perfectly functional! Rather than sewing the ear elastics directly inside the seams, my face mask pattern has a casing so that you can change the elastic length or, if you don’t like ear elastics, add a ribbon tie. There is also an optional removable wire nose bridge, which helps the mask fit your face perfectly.
The filter pocket opens at each side so that you can easily insert and remove the filters. Here you can see the edge just barely peeking out.
Ready to make your own festive DIY Christmas face mask? Watch this video or continue reading below!
THESE MASKS ARE NOT MEDICAL GRADE PERSONAL PROTECTION DEVICES. I am not a medical professional and cannot offer medical advice on protection against viruses or other disease-causing agents. I am NOT to be held responsible for the improper use and/or care of these masks and/or filters.
DIY Christmas face mask materials:
- 36 x 24 cm red quilting weight woven cotton fabric for the outside
- 34 x 24 cm green quilting weight woven cotton fabric for the inside
- fabric shears*
- regular household scissors*
- pen and pencil
- Heat n’ Bond Lite*
- red, green and yellow thread*
- hand sewing needle*
- 2mm colored seed beads*
These other materials are not shown in this tutorial, but are needed for sewing the face mask:
- pinking shears* (suggested)
- ruler and/or sewing gauge*
- small safety pin*
- florist wire* or bread twist tie (for optional wire nose bridge)
- needle nose pliers* (for optional wire nose bridge)
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Reusable Face Mask Sizes:
- S: young children, up to about 6 years (18 cm side to side, 12 cm top to bottom at center)
- M: standard size like what you find in pharmacies, appropriate for almost everyone (21 cm side to side, 17 cm top to bottom at center)
- L: large (24 cm side to side, 19 cm top to bottom at center)
Preparing the pieces:
Print out the pattern and template without scaling or fitting (100%).
Put a small piece of Heat n’ Bond Lite* over the size of tree corresponding to the size of face mask that you’re sewing and trace over it with pencil. Make sure that the paper side is up.
Cut around the shapes with your regular scissors and iron them onto the wrong side of the fabric, paper side up.
Cut the shapes along the lines, then put the pieces aside for a moment.
Fold the red and green fabric with right sides facing. Trace the outside mask pattern piece on the red fabric and the inside mask pattern piece on the green fabric.
(In this picture you can see the Italian version of my mask pattern, but if you follow the link given in the “Materials” section above, you’ll get to the English version.)
Pin the layers together and cut out along the lines.
Decide which side of the mask you want your tree on. Unpin the red outside pieces. The part that goes on the left side of your face is on the left as you separate the pieces, which the part that goes on the right side of your face is on the right, as shown above.
I’m using the left side, so I put the right side piece to the side for the moment.
Peel the paper off of the tree and star and position them (shiny side down) on the mask. Then iron them on to the fabric.
Don’t forget to account for seam allowance! I suggest you put the inside pieces on top and position a pen along the straight edge of them, as shown above. Position the pieces at least 1 cm (3/8″) from the pen and the other edges.
After adhering the tree and star to the fabric, sew around the edges with a zig zag stitch. I used stitch width 2 and stitch length 1.
(If this technique is new to you, check out my tutorial on how to applique with a sewing machine.)
Sewing the DIY Christmas face mask:
Now comes the most fun part of the project: decorating the Christmas tree!
Make sure that your hand sewing needle* can fit through the seed beads*. If it can, thread the needle with green thread* and tie a knot in the end.
A. Stick the needle through the back of the fabric and pull it out on the front.
B. Slip a bead onto the needle.
C. Push the needle back into the fabric very close to where it came out in step A.
D. There’s your first Christmas tree ornament!
Continue sewing beads all around the tree.
When you’re finished, slip the needle under a tiny bit of fabric and then pass it through the loop to tie a knot. Cut the thread.
Put the decorated red piece on the other one, right sides facing.
Pin the curved edge of the outside and inside pieces.
Now you can read my tutorial to continue sewing a DIY contoured face mask (from step #4) or watch the video below.
Sew the removable filter and add the ear loops and the nose wire as explained in the original contoured face mask tutorial.
And you’re done! Isn’t that so stinkin’ cute?!
Now make some more for the rest of your family so you’ll be ready to celebrate the holidays safely!
(Please remember, though, that face masks are only part of the equation. Don’t forget to practice social distancing, too!)
If this isn’t festive, then I don’t know what is!
And if you want to go overboard with holiday spirit, make sure you check out my tutorial on how to sew a Santa hat! The free pattern includes sizes for all the family!
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