DIY Fabric Face Mask Pattern and Sewing Tutorial

Create two masks out of a fat quarter using this Face Mask Pattern and Tutorial. These reusable face masks have a nose wire, filter pocket, and can be made with hair ties if you do not have elastic. This fabric face mask has good coverage of the face all way down to the chin.

DIY Face Mask Pattern

What a crazy month it has been. We are all remaining home because the world is dealing with this new threat. The CDC now recommends that all Americans wear a face mask, but they are in short supply. Stores are all out of elastic. People are searching online for alternatives to elastic. When I searched how to make face mask, several mask patterns showed up but I did not love any of them. I took the best parts of several instructionals and created my own face mask pattern. The sewing tutorial can be found at the bottom of this post.

Please note: Cloth face masks are used to slow the spread of viruses and help people who may have a virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. These are not proven to prevent virus contraction.

Fat Quarter Size

Since many stores are closed, it is difficult to get custom cuts of fabrics. I have several fat quarters on hand and realized one is the perfect size to create two masks. Fat quarters are precut, so you do not have to wait for someone to cut the fabric for you.

What is the size of a fat quarter? A typical yard of 100% cotton fabric is 36” x 44”. A FQ or fat quarter of fabric is one-fourth of that when cut in half one-way, and then those two pieces cut in half the perpendicularly. FQs come cut this size.

While fabric stores might be closed or in short supply, you can order a fat quarter bundle from Etsy or Amazon and create many cute designs. These bundles are often used in quilting, so the designs are small which makes for a good mask.

Face Mask Template

Here is the fabric face mask pattern that I created for the masks. It is a pattern guide to show you what size to cut, not an actual printable.

Face Mask Sewing Tips

It might seem a little difficult the first time you make this pattern, but the steps below will walk you through. Once you figure out how to do step 18, you will be able to whip out several of these cloth masks. I have an accompanying video that is slowed down at this part so you can understand this challenging part.

The instructions were created to utilize non-metal elastic hair ties; you know the ones like this that hold ponytails. Do not use thick bands. If you do not have these hair bands or elastic, then create t-shirt yarn out of old shirts. I like to string one long strip of t-shirt yarn down through the side casings and then tying them off at the base of the neck. Cutting first aid elastic bandages into strips is a good solution too.

Nose Wire

My tutorial utilizes pipe cleaners for the wired nose piece because that is what I have on hand. You can use floral wire, folded aluminum foil, or bread bag twist ties. I recommend folding the ends in so it does not have a sharp edge that pokes out or through the fabric.

Kids Face Mask

Need to make a mask for a child? Reduce the size of your face mask pattern to 9” x 13” or even smaller. I do not have a small child at home, so if you make a smaller one please let me know what size of fabric that you stared with so that I can update this post.

Donate or Sell Masks

Sewing face masks to donate or sell is great for helping out the cause. I have sold a few masks, but I have donated many to some front line workers, the elderly, and a local hospital. I have created a sheet of instruction tags that you can download and print to include with masks you make for others. Get those labels here.

I will have some unique character prints and fun designs in my Etsy shop soon. If you are looking to make more PPE, check out my DIY Shoe Covers tutorial.

Create two Fabric Face Masks with nose wire & filter pocket out of one Fat Quarter

Prep Time 5 minutes




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