This face mask holder for the car is a sassy way to keep track of and store used fabric masks while on the go.
I started offering ideas on how to make personal protective equipment early on in the pandemic. Initially, I designed a variety of fabric face mask tutorials.
A few of these are: a face mask with ties, a face mask with a filter, and a no pleat face mask. I also shared how to construct a DIY face shield.
I have to admit, though, I didn’t think face masks would still be a necessity almost a year later.
That fabric masks would not only be a necessity, but also requirement.
DIY Face Mask Accessories
As face masks continued to become part of our daily routine, it was clear we also needed accessories related to both disposable and fabric face masks.
So I created tutorials for a simple fabric mask pouch, a zipper pouch for disposable masks, and fun envelope wallet for masks (pictured below).
Why A Face Mask Holder For The Car?
After I tackled different kinds of face mask carry pouches, I realized I had no place to put all the dirty face masks when I’m on the go.
So I designed a new free pattern for a face mask holder for the car.
I thought this idea would be especially helpful to people who have to change masks out frequently, as well as families who kids have returned to in-person instruction.
A simple hanging bag wouldn’t be enough, though. A fun visual cue would make this idea a success.
So this tutorial also offers a free SVG that says, “Wash me pretty please”. (The bag even knows how to use its manners!)
Print-Friendly Tutorial: DIY Face Mask Holder
- 100% cotton fabric
- Fusible fleece
- Heat transfer vinyl
- 1″ webbing
- Hook-and-loop tape
- Free SVG file – “Wash Me”
- Silhouette CAMEO or Cricut
- Sewing machine
- Weeding hook
- Iron & ironing surface
PREPARE YOUR HTV DESIGN
- Upload the SVG file into your design studio software. Trace the design, then flip it horizontally (mirror it) so will cut properly.
- Cut a 7″ x 7″ piece of heat transfer vinyl and place it on your cutting mat.
- Load the mat into your your cutting machine (Silhouette, Cricut, etc.) and start cutting.
- Weed the design paying close attention to the small flourishes and smaller letters.
- Set your design aside for later.
PREPARE FACE MASK BAG MATERIALS
- Cut four 11″ x 8″ pieces from your cotton fabric.
- Cut two 11″ x 8″ pieces from the fusible fleece.
- Cut an 18″ piece of webbing.
- Cut a 2″ piece of hook and loop tape.
CONSTRUCT THE BAG PANELS
- Take a piece of fusible fleece and iron it onto one piece of the cotton fabric.
- Take the remaining piece of fusible fleece and iron it onto a separate piece of the cotton fabric.
- Create two bag panels by layering the fabrics: Lay one of the fusible fleece fabric pieces down on a plain piece of fabric right sides together. This means the fusible fleece side should be face up. Clip the fabrics together to prepare for sewing.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to sew the top and bottom edges of each panel.
- Use an iron to press all four seams open. Turn the bag panels rights sides out and press again.
APPLY THE “WASH ME” DESIGN TO BAG PANEL
- Take one of the bag panels, measure two inches from an edge and place a clip as a visual reference. Treat the edge below the clips as the bottom edge of the bag.
- Take the HTV design and center it in the area above the clips and place it on the fabric.
- Press the sheet down so that the transfer paper has a seal on the fabric.
- Use a Teflon pressing sheet or parchment paper to cover the design then use an iron to apply it to the fabric.
CONSTRUCT THE MASK BAG
- Place the panels of the bag right sides together. Since the design is only on one panel, as long as that is face down against the plain panel, all is good.
- Clip the bottom edge and two side edges to prepare for sewing. Double check that your design is facing up when you peek through the open edge.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to sew each of the edges with clips.
- To shape the bottom of the bag, cut a 2″ x 2″ square from both sides of the bottom edge.
- Pull the panels apart and match the raw edges. The already sewn edges should be in the center.
- Clip the edges together then zigzag stitch to close.
ADD A STRAP TO THE FACE MASK HOLDER
- Take your webbing and singe both ends to prevent fraying.
- Place the bag face down and clip one end of the webbing 2″ away from right edge of the bag.
- Top stitch the bag to finish it and to capture the webbing so it’s easier to sew.
- Sew a square around the edges of the webbing to secure it to the bag.
- Take the hook and loop tape and place the loop side (the soft part) 2″ away from the left edge. Line the top of the loop tape up with the top edge and clip.
- Take the hook side of the hook and loop tape and align it with the end of webbing strap.
- Clip the hook tape to the webbing to secure for sewing.
- Sew the piece of the hook and loop tape onto the bag and the webbing.
You’re all done!
- Make sure to follow the HTV manufacturer’s instructions for the iron setting and length of time necessary for vinyl application.
- Using thread that matches the fabric color is a great option. For this purpose of this tutorial, I used contrasting thread so it was clear to see what was completed.
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