Easy-to-sew Mask

2 Materials
15 Minutes

This is the second tutorial I’m sharing for making medical masks, because I’ve made so many for my family and friends that I’m always seeking a simpler and easier way to sew them. And I think I’ve found it! I’ve made a few improvements from the first pattern I shared, and the result is a comfy, easy-to-sew mask that’s quick & simple to make.

step 1 – prepare the mask

Cut a piece of fabric 9″ x 14″. With right sides together, fold in half and stitch together as shown below.

Trim seam; turn right side out and press.

Next, turn the edges under about a quarter of an inch and press. Do this to both ends.

step 2 – make the pleats

To create pleats, fold the mask in half lengthwise and press; then open. This is just to create a “line” in the center. 

Next, about an inch or so above the middle line, bring the fabric down to meet the middle crease, creating a small pleat. Press.

Now about an inch or so beneath the middle crease, bring fabric up to meet the middle line. Press. You have now created a soft pleat in the center of the mask. Pin in place.

Take a piece of elastic and place the ends inside the mask at the top and bottom, as shown below. Pin in place.

Stitch the side seam, then stitch over the same seam once more for extra durability. Insert elastic and repeat this process for the other end of the mask. Press.

Remember this is not an official medical mask but nonetheless a great option for those of you social distancing in your everyday lives. Stay safe everyone!

Suggested materials:
  • One piece of cotton fabric – 9″ x 14″
  • Two pieces of thin elastic – 6 1/2″ in length

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Wendy at myfrenchtwist.com
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  • Jane Jane on May 07, 2020

    thanks for the great instructions. thoughts from you or others on keeping these masks clean? hand washing is one option but not sure what product to use to clean given its on our face and we are breathing the fabric! ideas anyone? be safe as we continue on ...

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2020

      Some washing machines have a 'hygienic' setting, where the water heats up to a much higher temperature than on regular hot water settings.

      Even so, the water temperature is not as hot as the interior temperature of an autoclave machine, which is used to sterilize medical tools.

  • Connie Eggen Connie Eggen on Jun 22, 2020

    That single box pleat looks so much simpler than making 3 folds!