Easy DIY Face Mask Tutorial

10 materials
$2
30 Minutes
Easy



Even if your nose and mouth are covered, you can still show some personality with a homemade face mask. Check out this easy DIY face mask tutorial, and stop the spread of COVID in style.

Tools and materials:

  • Parchment paper or a thin piece of cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Dinner plate
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Bobby pin
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine
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Use a plate to create a pattern

Create the pattern

To create the pattern, I used a dinner plate that measured 26 centimeters (10 inches) in diameter.

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Trace the plate

Trace the plate

I placed the plate face down on a piece of paper and traced around it.

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Cut out the circle

Cut it out

Then I cut the circle I had traced out of the paper.

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Fold in half

Fold the paper

I folded the paper in half.

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Fold in quarters


Then I folded it in half again. I now had a quarter of a circle.

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Measure and mark

Mark the paper

I made a mark on the curved edge of the paper eight and a half centimeters (three and a half inches) across from one straight edge.

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Then, on the second straight edge, I marked a point three and a half centimeters (one and a half inches) from the corner.

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Connect the marked points


Then I drew a line across the paper, connecting those two points.

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Cut the pattern

Cut the paper

I cut the paper along the line I had just created.

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Unfold the paper and refold

Refold the paper

I unfolded the paper, which was now in the shape of a bow, and refolded it along the line through the center.

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Measure and mark

Mark the pattern 

I measured one centimeter (half an inch) from the corner where the curved edge and one straight edge met, and marked that point.

 

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Make a second mark


Then I measured one centimeter (half an inch) along the center fold, down from the corner where the fold meets the same straight edge I marked previously and drew a straight line connecting those points.

 

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Mark the center of the curved edge


Next, I made a mark in the center of the curved edge.

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Draw a straight line


Using my ruler, I drew a straight line five and a half centimeters (two inches) in length from the corner where the second straight edge met the fold, toward the curved edge.

 

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Create an angle


Then, using the end of that five and a half centimeter line as my starting point, I drew another straight line to the point where the second straight edge met the curved edge.

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Make a face mask


This is what my pattern looked like with all the lines marked properly.

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Trace along the edge of a plate

Use the plate to make a curved line

Tracing along the edge of the plate again, I made a curved line connecting the point I marked in the center of the curved edge and the point I marked on the first straight edge. 

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Lines to mark the pattern


Now my pattern looked like this.

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Draw a curve inside the angle


Finally, I used my pencil to draw a curved line in the angle I drew along the second straight edge.

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Cut the pattern out

Cut everything out

I trimmed the pattern along the lines I created.

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Unfold the pattern


Laid flat, this is what the completed pattern looked like. 

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Sew a face mask

Fold the fabric

I took my piece of fabric and folded it in half, right sides facing.

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Trace the pattern

Trace around the pattern and cut it out

I laid my pattern on top of the fabric and traced around it onto the fabric. Then I cut the shape out of the fabric, creating two identical pieces.

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How to sew a face mask

Sew the sides

With my two pieces of fabric still laying right sides facing, one on top of the other, I sewed a seam along each curved side.

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Put the seams in the center

Fold the fabric

At this point, I refolded the fabric so the seams I just sewed were in the center of the fabric. This will be the final shape of the mask. I sewed the raw edges along the top and bottom of the mask, leaving a gap of about two inches along one seam.

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Turn the fabric right side out

Turn the mask right side out

Once the seams were sewed, I pushed the fabric through the gap I had left, turning the fabric right side out.

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Mask with a gap in the seam


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Sew the edges with a topstitch

Topstitch across the top and bottom edges

I ran the top and bottom edges of the mask through my sewing machine, using a top stitch to help the mask hold its shape and to close up the gap.

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Fold and pin the sides

Pin and sew the sides

I folded the side edges of the mask inwards, making sure to leave enough space to run the elastic through.

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Create tunnels for the elastic


I pinned each side in place and sewed them down.

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Insert the elastic

Insert the elastic

I attached a length of elastic to a bobby pin, and inserted the pin into the tunnel I created on each side of the mask, and pulled the elastic through.

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Knot the elastic to secure it


Then I double knotted the elastic and arranged it so the knot was hidden inside the tunnel on the side of the mask.

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My mask was now complete.

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Completed mask


Let me know what you think of this tutorial!

Suggested materials:

  • Parchment paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
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