DIY face mask
Cotton, non-stretch fabric
Elastic (cord, 1/8-1/4” braided, or you can use thin hair ties)
Moldable wire (floral or garden wire work great)
- 9” length x 8” high of fabric (x2)
- 5” length by 8” high of fabric for pocket (x2) (if you do not have a serger, cut these pieces at 5.5”x8”
- 6 1/2” pieces of elastic (x3 - one for bottom of mask, two for ears)
- 7” wire (x1 for top of mask)
Kids Size: will add dimensions soon
I personally use my serger to construct the majority of these & use my sewing machine to finish them simply for efficiency. There are a lot of people in need of masks right now so my priority was being able to do these as quickly as possible. For this reason, I avoided using pins and eliminated some other simple steps, but please feel free to pin as you go or come up with your own method using the measurements above.
- Cut all materials per dimensions above.
- Serge down one side of both of the 5x8” pieces (on the 8” side). If you do not have a serger, you can do a small hem to keep fabric from fraying.
- Line your two 5x8” pieces up with a full 9x8” piece with the finished edges in the middle (right sides both facing up); this will create the pocket on the back.
- Start to sew (I serge, but you can straight stitch). At about 1/4”-1/2” in, line up your elastic piece with the end lined up with the edge of the fabric. Continuing sewing until you get 1/4”-1/2” from the next edge and loop your elastic back around to attach the other end of the ear loop.
- You now have the back piece of the mask with a pocket and the ear loops attached (loop part is facing inward). Place your other (top) 9x8” piece of fabric on top, with right side facing the pocket. Serge/straight stitch down both short sides
- On the first long side, take a piece of the elastic and start stitching/serging from one end. Stretch the elastic as you sew and continue to the end; this will cause the fabric to bunch up a bit allowing it to hug the chin area a bit more.
- On the final long side, straight stitch/serge together from both ends, leaving a 2-3” opening (closer to one side rather than the middle as it makes inserting the wire easier)
- Turn right side out and push out corners.
- Insert wire through the opening. Turn fabric in where the opening was and straight stitch the hole closed.
- Push wire up along the top (non-elastic) side and then straight stitch all the way across, hugging the wire to keep it in place.
- Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask, making sure they are the same direction. Sew across the tucks.