Easy DIY Face Mask Tutorial

Cristina Paraiso
by Cristina Paraiso
10 Materials
30 Minutes

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
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.

Trace the plate

Trace the plate

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

Cut out the circle

Cut it out

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

Fold in half

Fold the paper

I folded the paper in half.

Fold in quarters

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

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.

Connect the marked points

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

Cut the pattern

Cut the paper

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

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.

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.


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.


Mark the center of the curved edge

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

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.


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

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. 

Lines to mark the pattern

Now my pattern looked like this.

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.

Cut the pattern out

Cut everything out

I trimmed the pattern along the lines I created.

Unfold the pattern

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

Sew a face mask

Fold the fabric

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mask with a gap in the seam

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.

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.

Create tunnels for the elastic

I pinned each side in place and sewed them down.

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.

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.

Completed mask

Let me know what you think of this tutorial!

Suggested materials:
  • Parchment paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
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  • Jane Jane on Mar 23, 2021

    Using the shapes made in paper, I wonder if I could knit a face mask? (I would rather knit than sew.)

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    • Mindy Mindy on Jul 30, 2021

      You can knit a mask as a cover for a paper mask, but a knit mask, no matter what size needles you use, would be completely useless for preventing the spread of a virus.

      I actually did crochet a mask cover for my granddaughter.

  • Adriana Santos-Davila Adriana Santos-Davila on May 06, 2021

    thank you very much for the video (I am a more graphic person and got lost in the written instructions).

    the mask is lovely!