How to make a Handmade Face Mask

Follow along and learn how to make a handmade Face Mask for yourself and for others!  There are many different kinds of masks to choose from.  My pattern offers four sizes, plus a few options along the way.  Learn how to add a flexible nose wire and also a filter pocket to your face mask.  My pattern offers options for elastic or fabric ties.  Let’s dive right in and see how to make a handmade face mask!

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Face Mask Pattern - Four Different Sizes plus filter pocket and flexible nose wire.

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Face Mask Material LIST

  • Face Mask Pattern
  • Qty (1) Exterior Fabric (I use 100% Quilting Cotton) – Fabric amount depends upon mask size
  • Qty (1) Lining Fabric (I used fabric from my online shop) – Fabric amount depends upon mask size
  • Mask Closure
    • Elastic
    • Binding Strips (these can be made like my lanyard tape – minus the interfacing)
  • Flexible Nose Wire
    • I used 4″ of 18 gauge wire
Basic Sewing Supplies & Tools Needed

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WATCH MY VIDEO TUTORIALS

I have two videos available for the same pattern.  The first video shows how to make a handmade face mask without the flexible nose wire and filter pocket, while the second video shows the additions of the flexible nose wire and filter pocket.  Watch both and decide which option is best for you!

DIY Handmade Face Mask Pattern in four sizes

 

DIY Handmade Face Mask Pattern with filter pocket and flexible nose wire

Whichever style mask you decide to make, it is important to remember that handmade face masks will not prevent someone from becoming infected with COVID-19. They are approved by the CDC to be used as a last resort when all other PPE options have run out.  Health providers experiencing shortages, who have handmade masks, can use them on lower-risk patients allowing N95s to be reserved for emergency cases. This post is in response to pleas from hospitals, first responders and essential workers for handmade masks.

It is important that you wash your hands and practice social distancing.  If you are a healthcare worker, first responder or essential worker – God Bless and protect you!

If I can add you to my prayer list, please leave a comment below!

Just keep sewing!

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103 thoughts on “How to make a Handmade Face Mask

  1. Kristen says:

    Since the mask has a “filter pocket” what do you recommend using as the filter? Flannel? Quilt batting? Or a commercially available charcoal filter? Thanks!

    • Nicole Moore says:

      There are so many opinions about this topic! What I prefer may not be what is recommended by others. I think that something is better than nothing. Tshirt material, a tissue or even some cotton flannel will work!

    • Melanie Roller says:

      @Kristen – Hi. I am a healthcare worker. I have done quite a lot of ‘looking’ into this very question. I personally feeling comfortable with the research of a pediatrician posted on Pinterest and her studies about 3M Air Co filters. I also read others who researched the same. The COVID particulates are very small but find a filter that filters out at least 1500 particles OR MORE then you are providing a good barrier. The 3M product does NOT have Fiberglas in it. You just have to disassemble it to get to the ‘fabric’ so you can cut it up, making sure that you keep it oriented correctly in the mask (the direction of the arrow on the box) facing towards the face, I found the 3M Filtrete filter at Walmart with a 2200 rating for $16.00 and I will be able to get A LOT of filters cut from it. Check out My Pocket Pediatrician on You Tube with her How to Turn a 3M Air Filter into a Face Mask that she posted a week ago … it is very informative!!!! Good luck, stay informed, be safe, and be well!

  2. Tamika says:

    Hello! I am a nurse, working at the hospital in my town. I have wanted one of these mask since I have seen people wearing them at work, of course the Third floor were donated some but they did not share, so I am making my own, Thank you so much for making this pattern free😍

  3. Sharon McLane says:

    Thank you! This makes it so much easier for us!

    I am making masks for my daughter who just completed chemotherapy for lymphoma and my husband who works in an essential business.

  4. Sue says:

    Selecting the download link takes me to the store portion of your site. Do I need to add credit card information to get the free pdf pattern?

    • Nicole Moore says:

      Currently, my pattern is a FREE PDF download. You will not have to provide a credit card to obtain it. I run ads on my website, so unless you re interested in the ad – do not click on it.
      You will need to be able to view and print the PDF format on your computer. I would recommend that you have adobe acrobat installed on your computer.

  5. Monique Stevens says:

    Thank you and God bless you for providing this pattern and your video tutorial. You and others who are sharing their expertise and talents during this time are true heroes!

  6. Norma Paio says:

    Thank you for these patterns. I have 5 of my 8 grandchildren still working; all in healthcare related jobs, so I worry for their safety. Bless you for making them free.

  7. Eileen says:

    Thank you so much for these patterns! I have been looking for a pattern in various sizes so I could make them for family members. God Bless and stay safe!!

  8. Linda Schrankel says:

    Is there a separate pattern for the tutorial with the wire and place to add the filter? Thank you. I love your pattern. Thank you for providing the great tutorial.

    • Nicole Moore says:

      The pattern templates are the same. You can simply follow the video to make those additions. If you need the written instructions, you can just add the same pattern to the cart again. I update the written instructions there.

  9. Jeanne Mork says:

    Thank you so much for your pattern and tutorial. I have been searching for a mask just like yours. Super plus that you have a video that is so easy to understand. I love your stitching music. I tend to be a little heavy footed on the foot pedal myself.
    Jeanne

  10. Harry Goldin, M.D. says:

    I have been practicing and each time the mask is better and better! This is my first sewing project and I am getting more comfortable using the sewing machine (1960 Singer ). The overall shape is terrific. I find the placement of the ear loops (I am using elastic) is a little too low and does not wrap properly around my ear. What do you think about raising the upper elastic attachment a bit? Any problems with adjusting the pattern?
    Thanks.
    Harry

    • Nicole Moore says:

      I have seen folks make different adjustments to tailor the pattern for the best fit. While this is a contoured pattern and can generally provide a nice fit – we all have different sized faces so adjustments are always encouraged when needed. Good Luck and I’m really glad the pattern is working well for you!

    • Jen Edwards says:

      I had the same problem Harry! The mask is awesome but I fear I may have done something wrong attaching the ties. They are at such an angle that the top ties are below my ears and the bottom ties go around the back of my neck. This is lining them up to the inside of the marked lines 😔
      Any help would be appreciated!!!! The tutorial and directions, otherwise, we’re excellent!

      • Nicole Moore says:

        Hello Jen and thanks for your comment! If the top ties are hitting the middle of your ear – I would recommend that you move them to the corner of the side. Not at an angle, just farther up on the pattern. If you want the bottom ties to secure the higher or lower, you can adjust that placement as well.

        Please bear in mind that each person is sized and shaped differently. The best way to tailor this mask for YOUR face is to make attempts and notes so that when you find the right fit – you can replicate that.

        Feel free to reach out if you need further assistance! Thanks for trying my pattern!

  11. Jade says:

    Thank you so much for your Generosity!!! I really appreciate it…been looking for Facemask Patterns. God Bless you.

  12. Margaret Nedimyer says:

    Thank you Nicole! You are doing your part in this time of stress and need! My family and I are either “people at high risk” or essential workers. Much better than a scarf or bandana. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Now I need to “sew more!”

    • Tessa says:

      This looks very simple and I feel confident that I won’t have any problems. Thanks for offering this free of charge. I am wondering how to determine what size mask will fit before actually constructing it?

      • Nicole Moore says:

        Please bear in mind that each person is sized and shaped differently (despite age and gender) and this is just a general guide, not a hard and fast rule of fit.

        The small is for very young children. Age 2-6
        The medium is for kids (youth) 7-11
        The large is for adolescents and women
        The extra-large is for men

        Fabric Measurements
        Small (2) 10″ x 5”
        Medium (2) 10″ x 6″
        Large (2) 12” x 7”
        Extra Large (2) 13” x 7.5″

  13. Arleen Rodman says:

    What is the length of elastic you use in your masks? Do you use the same length of elastic for all mask sizes?

    • Nicole Moore says:

      The elastic measurement, for each pattern size, is printed on each pattern template. Please reference your copy of my pattern. Thanks!

  14. Mary says:

    Hi there! Thank you so much for the pattern!! One quick question, any idea when you will get more Linen and White color Painters fabric?

  15. Alice "in Wonderland" says:

    I love the comment about “beautiful eyes”!! With faces covered, we should be looking each other in the eye more! I’m a seasoned RN for a busy/precious central FL MD (picture tourists), on quarantine (my Fire Fighter son also) because others WON’T wear masks. I also use the 3M AC filters, the 1500 is N90, the 1900 is N95, 2200 is N96, 2800 is N97. And yes dozens of face filters can be made from one AC filter, read previous Melanie Roller comment. Of all masks tried, your pattern fits best, I can SEE. Have had folks pull out in highway in front of traffic because their mask was in their eyes. True story. This is not a “one and done,” we will be wearing masks for months/years, so lets be comfortable, safe, and stylish!! You are actually helping save lives, God Bless YOU and yours!

  16. Jolene Staskal says:

    Thank you so much for the free pattern. This one is much nicer than using a rectangular piece of material. I am making mine for my nurse daughter who is now required to wear a material face mask at work in doctor’s office. Again thank you for making this available.

  17. Michelle Hargrove says:

    Aloha!

    I’ve never contacted a YouTube host before… but I really liked your demonstration video! Straightforward, clear and professional. The humorous whimsy of your musical selection during sewing… so well done.

    Thanks for making it fun and inspiring!

    Mahalo nui loa,
    Michelle

  18. Kathy Strother says:

    Thank you so much for offering this pattern for free! It’s one I had been looking for. Having 4 family members of my family as essential workers, 3 in grocery stores and 1 working with mentally and physically handicapped people, they were looking for masks they could wear all day that were washable and comfortable. Thank you from all of us!!!

  19. Christopher says:

    Thank you so much for making this available. I intend to pay it forward! I will definitely return! I also took some time and clicked on all the ads on the page. I’ll go through other pages as well! 😉 Cheers!

    • Nicole Moore says:

      Thanks for thinking of me. I really wanted to give back in some way – and sewing is my super power! I hope you stay well!

  20. Tim says:

    I have a question. Does the liner have to be a certain type of material? Or can it be cotton as well? Oh, and pray for me ladies, I am going to be sewing this by hand, because I do not have a sewing machine. Also, thanks for the pattern.

  21. Diane says:

    Thank you for sending me all the information I need to make a mask. Of all the sites I went to, yours was the most interesting
    and informative. I am not very good at sewing, but I am encouraged to try it your way. I will share this information with
    others, so they too can make their own masks. Thank you, again!

  22. Paul Sayre says:

    Thank You so much. I am on a construction crew and have gov. permission to return to work tomorrow to finish work on a school. My wife is a quilter and has been elected to mask duty 🙂

  23. PSP says:

    I see you’re getting this a lot, but Thank you so much for providing this pattern. You have a good heart and it IS appreciated!

  24. Robin Burritt says:

    Thank you very much; I am going back to work in May and I will be Essential and customer-facing. I appreciate this immensely. Blessings
    If people ask where I got this mask pattern I will send them to your website 🙂

  25. Christine says:

    Thank you for pattern, I made the medium for my self from an old apron of my mothers, Cut 4 pieces, used the trim from apron in place of elastic, don’t have a sewing machine, did it by hand. Thanks again, stay healthy!

  26. Allen says:

    Thank you do much. I made one for myself and hubby. One with filter pocket and one without. Husband lives his too. Video really really helped

  27. Maria Lúcia de Souza Lima Gallagher says:

    Nicole, I’m from Brasil. I want to thank you so much for the free patterns. God bless you and yours. Best regards.

    • Nicole Moore says:

      Hello and thanks for your kind words. I’m afraid the heart-beat fabric is out of production and no longer available.

  28. Lisa says:

    Thank you for the free patterns. I’m making mask for our daughter and her fellow workers who work in the ICU and take care of patients with the virus. How would I use the pattern with the filter but use elastic instead of ties? Again, Thank you for the free patterns😊

  29. Betsy says:

    I’m definitely going to make this one! I’ve made a lot of them, from the rectangle to the formed, like this one. BUT, I like this one because it’s curved down from the eyes and won’t interfere with seeing anything. Thank you so much, your directions are so easy to follow and clear, you don’t get your hands in the way. Kudos to you! :I

  30. Kelli S. says:

    My mother found/received your pattern for this shaped mask. She was pleased with the fit, especially that it does not encroach on the eye area. She is a small person, but will use the large size for the next one she makes. I have now ordered the pattern and watched the tutorial. Having previously amassed a large collection of neato bandanas (from dollar store), I look forward to creating some masks for myself and for others. Thank you for sharing this FREE pattern and instructions. Bless you and be well!

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