DIY Face Mask Tutorial Round-up
During this time of the global COVID-19 crisis, information is continuously being updated, and directives are changing. The debate about whether or not medical personnel can accept handmade masks to wear inside of hospitals continues. However, when in the virus front-lines, one can argue that a layer or two of fabric is better than nothing, so many sewists have been making them just in case.
As of today, the “CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of the virus to those around them“, so we have even further reason to get sewing! To get you started, here’s a round-up of various DIY face mask tutorials.
DIY Face Mask Tutorial Round-up: Pleated Versions
This version has versatile sizing, bias tape ties, and because the tutorial is written by DIY expert Cathie Filian, you can trust that it’s clear and concise. I’ll definitely be trying this one!
This option has generously-sized pleats, which allows for it to be worn over a medical-grade mask. It also uses bias tape ties, allowing it to fit a wide range of faces.
This one uses elastic to fit over the ears, and includes both video and written instructions.
This version advises a clever tie option, using knit fabric which has more five than woven. Both written and video tutorials are available.
I made this version for my son and I before needing to make a run to ship orders. I really like this pattern because it’s simple, fast, and includes a thin wire at the top for better nose-shaping.
DIY Face Mask Tutorial Round-up: Fitted Versions
This pattern offers sizes from child- men’s and employs elastic loops for fitting over ears.
This version os designed by a physician/maker. It has a more traditional duckbill shape and includes a sewn-in filter.
DIY Face Mask Tutorial Round-up: No-Sew Version
This tutorial includes regular sewing patterns in 3 sizes, plus options for Silhouette and Circuit machines.
I used this version (main photo above) but added an additional inch at the sides to give more channel wiggle-room for elastic to feed through, and altered the lining by hemming it on the sides to create a filter pocket (see below).
No matter which route you choose, I’m sending healthy vibes your way!
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