DIY Face Mask for Beginners

6 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

Face masks are essential these days! Rather than go out and buy disposable ones that constantly need to be replaced, I decided to put on my DIY hat and make my own, awesome face mask to wear. The best part is, my new mask is washable and has a filter pocket! This project is perfect for a beginner sewist, but even if you're experienced I think you should give it a try and make yourself a face mask or two.

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Elastic
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
Easy face mask

Sew a rectangle 

To kick off this DIY, cut a piece of rectangular fabric 16 by 8 inches. Fold the fabric in half with the folded edge facing you and pin it in place to keep the fabric from moving. 

Leave a gap


Sew the side of the fabric opposite the fold leaving a gap in the middle. Sew about three inches on each side to get the right-sized gap.  

Pin on the elastic

Attach the elastics

Next, place your fabric so that the seam is facing upwards and in the center. Take two pieces of elastic and pin each edge inside the fabric in the top and bottom corners. 

Sew on the elastics


Hop back over to your sewing machine and sew the elastics in place with a straight stitch. 

How to make a face mask

Turn right side out  

Then turn your mask right side out through the filter hole you had left and press the fabric. 

Fold pleats

Sew pleats 

Next, fold three pleats on each side of the mask and pin the pleats in place. Try and make sure the pleats are even! 

Sew around


Take your mask back to the sewing machine and stitch all the way around, sewing the pleats in place as you go. 

Easy DIY face mask


This face mask is so easy to make! What fabric would you use to make this mask? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Elastic
  • Pins
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