DIY Face Mask with Pocket Tutorial – My Epicurean Experiences

DIY Face Mask with Pocket Tutorial – My Epicurean Experiences

We are residing in insane unmatched times. The Coronavirus has altered the method we live and has actually most likely altered it forever. It has actually drawn out the bad things in us (like hoarding!) It has brought great things, too. People are watching out for one another more than ever and coming together in many ways. With mask scarcities everywhere, sew-ers of the world have actually come together to start making homemade face masks. And when I was asked by my local volunteer sewing group to make some, I quickly jumped on the bandwagon. Hence my DIY Face Mask Tutorial (with Pocket) was born! I know, I understand, there are like a million face mask tutorials out there by now however I simply could not assist myself. Forgive me? Prior to I continue any even more, please note that THESE FACE MASKS ARE NOT MEDICAL GRADE Wearing any fabric face coverings in public can help slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to preserve (e.g., supermarket and drug stores), particularly in areas of substantial community-based transmission.

CDC likewise recommends the use of basic fabric face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who might have the infection and do not understand it from transmitting it to others. Fabric face coverings made from family items or made in the house from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health procedure.

I began with this YouTube Do It Yourself Face Mask Tutorial: How to make a Do It Yourself recyclable fabric face mask (with filter) that was suggested by the volunteer group. It’s a terrific video that quickly reveals you how to make one of these. This is fine for each day utilize for individuals not working in health care, like me. Because these were for nursing care centers, I needed to ensure to maximize their features and rapidly found methods to improve upon it. Of course I would. I always do that with dishes, so why not for stitching?

The CDC has some very quick and simple tutorials on how to make your own face masks as well, both stitch and no-sew. The sewn pattern can be made quickly but does not consist of a pocket for additional filtering.

Here’s one last pattern that was created for a specific healthcare facility in Ohio. While it takes a bit more fabric, it’s a little quicker to make so absolutely worth a look, too! I loved this video because it taught me a new strategy for stitching enmasse: chain stitching. Generally, simply sew continuously from one piece to another without cutting your thread. It’s a time savings for not having to lift/lower that presser foot every time and cut thread. When you cut between the pieces, there aren’t any loose ends to cut. Plus, there are simply two long threads to cut when you’re done! Coolest part is you end up with a really banner of masks when you’re done, see?

If you ‘d choose to just purchase some of these masks rather of making one yourself, be sure to take a look at my new page:
My Handcrafted Adventures for a range of quality face masks and other craft products. The CDC advises utilizing firmly woven cotton, such as quilting material or cotton sheets. Cotton tee shirts would work, too.

It is also important to utilize TWO different fabrics to make these masks. I use a patterned one on the outdoors and a plain white bed sheet for the face-side. This is essential if you take your mask totally on and off often throughout the day. With 2 different sides, you can quickly determine which side touches your face and which side heads out. You definitely do not wish to make the mistake of unintentionally putting the germy side on your face! It may include a few extra actions, but worth the difficulty.

Extra Filter Pocket

There are some simple choices for adding extra filtering to your mask, if you wish. A coffee filter, a paper towel or a 5 ″ x 5 ″ ish square from an unused tee shirt can all help. They say the more layers the better, however even a single layer bandanna is better than nothing! Including another layer will make it a little harder to breathe through, though, so make certain it works for you, particularly in warmer weather!

Adjustable Ear Straps

As an individual with a pretty big head (physically), haha, I know one size hats do not fit all! The exact same opts for face masks, ear straps must be adjustable if you’re making them to donate. Your mask should not be too loose or too tight. It needs to be comfortable so you won’t have to continuously change it. You really desire to avoid touching and messing with it too much. I have actually found that about 6 ″ -7 ″ is a good length to offer excellent adjustability while not wasting important products.

I’ve been using 1/5 ″ flexible and discovered that 6.5 ″ is a terrific length. If you’re utilizing thicker flexible, then 7 ″ might be the method to choose you. Just make certain to test it out on one prior to you pre-cut a large quantity. Utilizing elastic is perfect so it can still stretch over your ears, but with flexible harder to find these days, get creative. Use old fabric to make straps, binding tape, thicker washable yarn, and so on. Now that I have actually run out, I may even have my women grab their Rainbow Looms!

Form-Fitting Nose Bridge

To make the nose bridge form-fitting, aligning a standard paper clip and curling the ends works well. Floral wire likewise works great. Cut 6 ″ pieces and curl the edges with needle-nose pliers so it does not poke through the fabric or you! If you do not have any, pipeline cleaners or long twist ties work also. Just remember to bend those edges back, too! You can even attempt corrected the alignment of hairpins! I’ve found that if you use a paper clip, it’s sturdy enough to go through the wash, but flower wire is more delicate and won’t last as long, which is why I do the next step.

Removable/Replaceable Nose Bridge

Because this is a reusable mask, I thought it would be nice if you might eliminate the nose wire if it should break or before cleaning it, so it would last longer. I added a little space or extra long stitch along the topstitch of the outer/patterned layer of the mask. You can skip this step to reduce time or simplify this pattern.

Pattern Simpleness

I really tried to keep it as simple as possible while including all the features I believed were essential. But keep in mind: IRONING is the essential to making things fit well, though it does take a great deal of extra time. It deserves it!

Check the Pattern Out

Lastly, if you intend on bulk sewing, make sure to just make a couple of to begin, one at a time, not like 50 at one time. lol. Based on personal experience, it’s definitely no fun to pre-cut 10 pieces just to discover that they’re too huge or to little. It’s SO maddening, especially if you end up squandering valuable resources! So be client. Just cut one set. Check it out and after that make another, possibly even 3rd up until you are SURE you’re delighted with the end product. THEN, you can dive right in and sew effectively! Devices

Sewing maker & & thread Iron & ironing board
Cutting mat & & rotary cutter (optional)
Ruler (Cutting mat or routine)
8 clips, pins or paper clips

Products:2– 8
″ x 8 ″ squares (1 solid color, 1 patterned) of pre-washed tightly woven cotton, like quilters material or bed sheet

4– 6 ″ to 7 ″ long pieces of 1/4 ″ or 1/5 ″ wide elastic or ties (6 1/2 ″ has actually been working best for me with space to enlarge if needed with very little waste). * upgrade 5/15/20: I have actually streamlined more and recently have been using 1/5 ″ large flexible and cutting it into 2 13 ″ in pieces which minimizes the amount of cutting. I have actually found that 1/5 ″ is easier to work with and fits more easily around the ears.1– 6 ″ long piece of floral wire, basic sized paper clip, pipeline cleaner, twist tie all with the ends bent so it doesn’t tear the fabric or poke you, corrected the alignment of hairpin, etc. * Actually, I simply discovered that a routine corrected paperclip makes an actually fantastic nose bridge! It’s just 3 inches long however it still works fine.


Action 1. With best sides together and all edges aligned, stitch along bottom edge utilizing 1/4 ″ seam.

Step 2. Settle joint. On both long sides, fold material over 1/2 ″ and iron.

Step 3. On both ends, fold in 1/2 ″ from the edge and iron. Fold over another 1/2 ″ and iron once again. Fold both sides in half, wrong sides together and iron one last time.

Step 4. On the white fabric side, sew along the fold, remaining near the double-folded edge, about 3/8 ″, leaving sufficient space to slip in the elastic later on. If you are NOT making your nose bridge wire detachable, repeat stitching on the patterned side, too, and avoid to Step 6. If you are going to include it, continue to Step 5.

Step 5. To make the nose wire detachable, add an opening about 1/4 ″– 1/2 ″ long, about an inch or a little bit more from either end of the mask. Make sure to strengthen the gap by sewing backward and forward when on either side of it. You can make the gap by either cutting the thread and launching your stitch again after it or merely by lifting your needle, presser foot, moving your material 1/4 ″ -1/ 2 ″, lowering the presser foot and starting once again. Strengthen completions, too!

Step 6. Tuck 2 elastics 1/2 ″ into each side of the bottom folds. Secure together with pin. Slip the 2 staying elastics 1/2 ″ into the leading fold of the white fabric one on each side, tucked in about 1/2 ″ pin.

Step 7. Make 3 equally spaced DOWNWARD facing pleats, pinning after every one. They do not need to be perfectly even, though. My first one ends up at around 1 1/4 ″ down from the top, then 3/4 ″ from the bottom of the very first pleat then 1/2 ″ below the second one, leaving the last bit determining around 3/4 ″. Mask procedures roughly 3.5 ″ x 7 ″.

* I’m so fired up to report something. I just recently saw a video where some lady was making pleats on the fly (without pinning!!!) using a seam ripper. Look it up! Unfortately, it didn’t work for me because my own was a mini. I understood that I might just hand location them on-the-fly extremely successfully and my sizing was remarkably consistent! Once you sew up one side, the opposite is simple because it simply kind of lines up with the other. I think this is just a sign that I have actually made METHOD to many of these and I’ve “gone beyond” the pleat pinning. lol.

Step 8. Sew 1/4 ″ stitch along the one side, removing pins a you go, throughout all the elastics and pleats, enhancing over the edges, elastics and pleats as you sew down to the bottom. Repeat down the other side.

Step 9. For removable nose bridge, insert nose wire through gap, trim loose threads and connect flexible ends.

Tada! You are ended up! Hope you are pleased with your end result!

BENEFITS Step: At this moment, you can go one action further and place your filter. Here I utilized a basic paper coffee filter, folded at the bottom up by about 2 inches and tucked it into the mask. With the filter it, it actually stands apart a little away from your nose and mouth for some breathing room!

Here are some photos for you to see how it fits. I modeled it myself instead of utilizing among my ladies to show you that it fits big heads pretty comfortably. haha. Yes, I have a big head!

Here’s a fun little history of my fabrics. These masks have been a stroll down memory lane!

Ok, one more thing. Here’s a little blurb I have actually been consisting of with my masks:

Here’s some information about this Pleated 2-ply Recyclable Face Mask with Pocket (to add another layer of protection):

Additional Filter Insert Options: coffee filter, paper towel, or roughly 5″x5″ square cut from an unused t-shirt.

Adjustable Ear Straps: Make certain to adjust them to fit you well. If the flexible is too stiff or still a little too tight, provide it a few stretches while holding it at the base where it connects to the mask.Removable/ changeable nose bridge wire: To get rid of, just slip it through the gap or long stitch along the face-side topstitching. It can be changed with 6″of flower wire, a pipe cleaner, long twist tie with the ends curled or bent in, so it does not poke you or through the fabric. You can likewise use a straightened bobby pin or paperclip.Care: Machine wash in warm/hot water

utilizing mild cleaning agent and machine dry. I suggest removing the nose wire before cleaning( for durability). Make certain to clean those hands after!Please note: THESE FACE MASKS ARE NOT MEDICAL GRADE but using any fabric face coverings in public canassist slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Please go to for more information. That’s finally it! Please let me understand if you have any concern about how to make these masks and stay safe and healthy throughout these insane times! Happy Face

Mask Making! As of 5/31/20 I’ve Donated/Gifted: 238 and counting … Thanks so much for coming by! Feel totally free to make my day by leaving me a comment, following my blog site via

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happyvballgirl When once again, if you ‘d choose to just buy some of these masks instead of making one yourself, be sure to have a look at my brand-new page: My Handmade Adventures

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