face mask

How To Make a Face Mask At Home: Easy Sewing Tutorial

Elina Crafts, Sewing

I know I’ve been MIA for quite a while… First of all, I want to say that everything is fine we are all fine. Here in Belgium just like in the rest of the world we all sit at home. 

At the same time, everything is not really fine. This all feels we are living in one of those disaster movies. My anxiety and the anxiety levels of my family members are high. I think that if I wasn’t as busy as I am now I would feel even more of that anxiety than I do now. 

It’s funny because I see all kinds of people on the internet who show us that they have nothing to do. I look at those people and I think who are you guys? As someone who works from home and has a household, she has to run and having a five-year-old and a dog who needs a large amount of exercise. I don’t have a lot of idle time. In fact, I think it’s rather laughable the idea that we can save the world by lying on the couch… I don’t think that anyone who has children and pets and has a job from home and a working spouse… has lots of couch time right now… 

At least I don’t… My days are filled to the brim with taking care of our home, homeschooling my five-year-old, and when not homeschooling finding activities for him he can do on his own. I feel like the news adds a certain amount of constant pressure to our lives anyway but in these times it all looks like a giant horror movie.

I always try to look on the positive side and it’s been really hard for me to look at what’s happening right now in a positive manner. I guess that’s why I stayed away from social media and my own website. I couldn’t fathom it all, and I didn’t know how I could be positive under such enormous pressure. Then I thought there might be loads of people who are thinking and feeling the same. After giving it some thought I came up with how I can be of service for you all that visit my website and follow me on social media. I have entered myself as a volunteer to sew masks for our local community and I sewed a lot of them.

I thought about how can I help all of you from a distance and that’s why I decided to do this tutorial. 

I hope it can help you stay safe and give you something to do in these trying times.

What you need for this mask are two fabrics that are different in color or print. Even better to have a synthetic and a non-synthetic fabric, the important thing is that you could breathe easily through both of them. The synthetic fabric is for the outside and the cotton fabric is for the inside. Please don’t make this mask from terry cloth because it absorbs all the moisture easily and keeps it for a long time on itself.

The design of this mask is very easy to duplicate because we are going to work with rectangles and even if you have never sewn before today you can follow along.

Instructions For The Face Mask:

Cut all the materials you need:

These are the things you’ll need to cut from your fabric.
  • For each mask, you’ll need 4 ties to tie the mask securely around your head and neck.
  • You can make these ties yourself or use any you have on hand. If you don’t know how to make your ties the video that I’ll share at the end of this tutorial will show you how to make them.
  • The fabric for the outside of the mask 
  • Fabric for the inside of the mask

Making the folds or pleats

The folds of the mask will make the mask better fit to your face.

Make the folds on the inside fabric and press those with the iron. Keep them pinned with needles until you have sewn them. Do the same for the outside of the fabric.

You need to make a fold (kind of like a pocket) on the outside fabric to keep the filter from sliding out of your mask and pin it in place.

Sew the folds that were pinned up till now together with the fold for the filter.

Assemble your mask:

Sew the 2 fabrics together on one side (this will be the top side of your mask). Keep in mind that the outsides (right sides) of the fabric should touch and the insides (wrong sides) should be on the outside to get stitched.

The ties of the mask should be stitched on the right side of the fabrics. The should get ‘sandwiched’ between the two sides of the fabric. Pin them on the 2 sides of the outside of the mask and pin the two sides in place.

Sew the 2 sides of the mask. This should not only secure the ties but also finish your mask. If your sewing machine has a overclock function use it to keep the edges of the mask from fraying.

Now you can turn the mask right side out: 

Before wearing it you should sterilize it to be on the safe side. Press it with an iron and place a filter inside. You can wear this mask up till 24 hours the mask should get sterilized or washed at 90° C or 194° F.

You can follow along with me in this video.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe. Take care.

Elina