During this pandemic, I was having a hard time finding masks at the store. I wanted to find some options to make for my family that are easy to make with the materials I had at home. Here are some of the best patterns and tutorials I found for three types of face masks you can make at home.
Here are the three types of face masks you can make:
No-sew Face Mask
- (Level: EASY but not very tight around the face) One of my favorite crafter’s Jennifer Maker has a great tutorial on how to make no-sew masks. Click here to view her video.
- Materials: All you need is a cotton T-shirt, scissors, print the pattern (which she provides), and fabric glue (optional).
- Directions: Cut the T-shirt, follow the pattern, place both layers on the face, twist once at each end, and put around your ears.
- Tip: You need to cut the pattern on the fold of the shirt. I didn’t do that the first time.
Simplified Sewn Face Mask
- (Level: MEDIUM)– This is one of the masks that the CDC recommends and gave some instructions on how to make them. Click here for directions.
- Materials: Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabrics, cut two pieces of elastic/cloth strips, needle and thread, scissors, and sewing machine.
- Directions: Cut the materials to 10×6 and then fold long sides ¼ inch and sew. Fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch. For ear loops, cut two-6 inches elastic for each side and then tie the ends. For head ties, cut two-25 inches for each side. Thread both of the shorter sides with the elastic/cloth strips.
- Tip: Use a safety pin to help thread the elastic/cloth through the short sides. If you don’t have a sewing machine then you can hand sew the materials.
Face Mask with a Filter
- (Level: MEDIUM/HARD)- I found this great pattern on the Cricut Design Space and I have made several masks from this pattern. This is my favorite pattern and can be customized for children or adults. Click here for the link.
- Materials: Fabric one (outside of mask)-8”x16”, fabric two (inner liner)- 7”x16”, rectangles of cotton fabrics, fabric pen, cut two pieces of elastic/cloth strips, needle & thread, scissors, Cricut machine, and sewing machine.
- Directions: Cut both fabrics off the pattern, match both of the same materials, and sew along the curved portion with a ¼” seam. For the liner short sides, press straight edges ¼” and then sew. For the outside of the mask short sides, press ¼” seam and then fold outer edge ½” and press again. Sew close to the edge and this will be the casing for the elastic/cloth strips. Stitch both right sides of the mask together along the tops and bottom. For ear loops, cut two-6 inches elastic for each side and then tie the ends. For head ties, cut two-25 inches for each side. Thread both of the shorter sides with the elastic/cloth strips. Thread both of the shorter sides with the elastic/cloth strips. Turn inside out so the right sides are shown and press. You can place a filter such as a coffee filter through the side openings.
- Tip: Use a safety pin to help thread the elastic/cloth through the short sides.
I hope you enjoyed these three types of face masks patterns and tutorials you can make at home. For more ideas, check out the CDC site. You can also read my past blog articles for more crafting ideas, click here. Remember to continue to stay safe out there.