How I Made Face Masks // DIY Easy Beginner Sewing

How I Made Face Masks // DIY Easy Beginner Sewing

I have been making these face masks and sharing them on my Instagram. So many have been asking for the pattern and how I made them, so I decided to show you how and show the basic side of sewing that most videos don’t show because they typically assume you know your way around a sewing machine.


Eddie and I wear these masks so we avoid touching our faces in public and to protect others if we are asymptomatic. Please leave medical-grade and N95 masks for essential workers and for those who need it as there are shortages right now. We wear these masks to go outside, go to the grocery store, etc., but most of the time we simply *stay home*.


♥ 1 m of tightly woven (non-stretch) fabric – I think I used either a cotton, or a cotton-polyester blend, not sure since they are second-hand/thrifted fabrics
♥ Thread
♥ 2 x 7 inch jumbo braided elastic per mask (I have a fairly wide face, if you have a thinner face, I’d go down to 6 inches)
♥ Printed Patterns:

Men’s Pattern (larger size):
Women’s/Teenage Size (slightly smaller):

♥ Sewing machine (I have a used Singer 1234)
♥ Iron + ironing surface/board

The original blog post from CraftPassion (linked below) has a more detailed tutorial and different pattern for the filter, but I basically left a 2 inch gap when sewing the bottom edge of the mask for the filter to be put in. I cut a tiny snip along both sides of that gap and sewed them so the edges weren’t raw. Alternatively, you can leave a gap when you’re sewing the end flaps in so that you can put in the filter there (similar to bra cups in athletic tops).

BONUS: If you want to sew a dart on both sides where the elastics are, you should do that. I’d probably do a 1-1.5 inch dart, but I’ve also never done that before so don’t take my word for it lol.

Original Tutorial:
Original Templates + Tutorial:

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