How to Sew an Easy, Beginner-Friendly, Washable Face-Mask in 3 Steps

Elegra Margiela
by Elegra Margiela
7 Materials
90 Minutes

Need a face mask? Make your own! There are so many advantages when making one’s face mask; firstly, you choose the print and fabric. Secondly, you can custom-make it, so it fits your face, and thirdly, it’s a washable face mask which means you can re-use it without having to buy disposable ones. I’m going to show you how to sew a washable face mask in a very unique way and in just 3 easy steps. It’s also super simple, so maybe you can go ahead and sew a bunch for your family and friends. We all need to stay safe right now, so this would be the perfect gift. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 100% cotton fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Elastic
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
DIY washable face mask

Make the pattern

With your chalk, draw a 6x 9 inch rectangle on your cotton fabric. Cut out the first rectangle and make another piece by following the first piece’s pattern.

How to make a washable face mask

Assemble the mask

Measure two 7-inch elastic pieces, cut them according to size, and pin them along either edge of one of your fabric pieces. Pin them from the wrong side, as shown.

Easy washable face mask

Next, put your fabric pieces on top of each other- right side to the wrong side. The reason why the mask should be layered this way is that you will be able to differentiate between the front and back side of the mask. Pin all around and sew with a straight stitch. Leave a gap, too.

Sew a washable face mask

Turn the mask inside out through the gap. Then, fold the fabric where the opening is located, pin, and do a straight stitch to close the opening.

Make a washable face mask

How to sew a washable face mask

Create pleats

Now, make two pleats on both sides of your mask. This will help the mask curve and fit your face. So simply for the fabric on either edge ( twice) and pin in place. Make sure the pleats are lined up with the adjacent side. Next, sew over them, width ways with a straight stitch.

Washable face mask tutorial

We are done and all masked up! It’s cute, easy, washable, reusable… the list is endless! Go ahead and try it for yourself; you’ll see how easy it is. I also think it’s great that this tutorial also caters to the beginners out there. Making face masks shouldn’t be complicated. It should be inexpensive and straightforward, and this tutorial, as you can see, is the perfect balance of the two. Stay safe!

Suggested materials:
  • 100% cotton fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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