What’s the Project? If you’re looking for a comfortable face mask pattern that’s easy to sew and customizable to all of the different members of your family, you’re going to love this one. Make it in under 20 minutes. It’s breathable, well-fitted, and easy to make.
Who would have ever guessed that face masks would be the new norm right now? But they are and it seems like they might be here to stay for a while.
I know that there are tons of face mask patterns already out there, but as I prepare my kids (and myself actually) to go back to school, I knew I’d need something that they could wear comfortably all day long and ideally something that was well-fitted to each face.
I’ve tried a few other sewing patterns for face masks…and they were ok, but I sat down and played with various options and did some tweaking and found something that is working really well for us in our family and I am hoping it might work great for you too!
This is a super easy face mask pattern. Each time I sit down to sew one it only takes about 10 minutes. Even if you’re a beginner it shouldn’t take too long at all.
Plus, you can make it in ANY fabric, so it will be great for anyone in your family. I’ve had fun letting my boys all pick out fabrics they want and I’ve been making some cute little girly ones for friends too, just because the fabrics are so cute!
Ready to make some masks?
Easy Face Mask Pattern:
- 1/4 yard of 2 coordinating fabrics (you’ll only need a little bit of this actually and can get several masks out of each fabric, but you’re not going to want to go as small as an eighth or some sizes might not work)
- Knit fabric to use as elastic (or if you prefer elastic grab that-I just love using the knit and I will explain this process below)
- Pipe cleaner (optional-for if you want wire in the nose. See details for how to do this at the bottom of the post.)
Here are several different sizes of patterns for you to print and use. Every face varies, so they may not be perfect, but I’ve tried these various sizes out on all of the members of our family and they’ve worked well and I’ve spent quite a bit of time tweaking to get them right. I’ve named them by who they fit in our household, so it should be fairly accurate for you too.
But please note, I’ve learned through this process that every face is different. So before you make a bunch in one size, try one on the person you are making it for to make sure it fits well.
Printing Instructions: Open the PDF and make sure you’ve got it sized exactly at 100% and then print.
Size 1: Toddler/Preschooler: Face Mask Pattern Size 1 (If you’ve got a really young or really small faced kid, size this down a bit.)
Size 2: Children: Face Mask Pattern Size 2
Size 3: Teen/Women: Face Mask Pattern Size 3
Size 4: Teen Boy: Face Mask Pattern Size 4
Size 5: Men: Face Mask Pattern Size 5
Mask Making Instructions:
I used a very small seam allowance for this. About 1/4″ is ideal.
Cut out your face mask pattern.
With your fabric folded, cut 2 pieces from each of your fabrics, for a total of 4 pieces. Each fabric should have 2 pieces that are a mirror image.
Place the fabrics right sides together of each of the matching fabrics and sew down the rounded middle part (this is the nose section) of both from top to bottom, knotting when you start and finish.
To make your elastic if you are using knit fabric, cut a strip that is about 1 to 1.5 inches tall and as long as the width of your fabric with the stretchiest direction going the width of the fabric (so it’s stretchy along the really long side and less stretchy on the short, 1-inch side).
Once it’s cut, pull the fabric and it will fold in on itself. Here’s a tutorial for this if you’d like more help.
*Just a note, you can absolutely use elastic instead if you’d like. I just feel like this knit fabric method is really soft on the ears which is a plus.
Cut 2 strips of your knit elastic. The length will vary by size:
- Cut 4.5 inches for size 1
- Cut 5.5 inches for size 2
- Cut 6 inches for sizes 3-5
Now, place your front of the mask and your back of the mask together with right sides facing in.
Pin the top of the nose in place.
Place your elastic on either side with the ends meeting with the edge of the mask and the rest forming a half-circle. Make sure it’s not twisted. Pin this in place on both sides of the mask.
Starting at the bottom of the mask, sew all the way around the mask leaving a 1-2 inch opening at the end so that you can turn it.
Turn it right side out and push all of the corners out. If you want to try it on and make sure it fits well, now is the time. If needed you can always tweak a bit before you sew it shut.
Optional Wire Nose: I’ve already had several readers ask about adding in wire for the nose. I did experiment with this and it went well. For me, the mask fit well enough that I didn’t feel like I needed it, but again, face sizes and shapes vary so much that it’s a valid option to improve your fit.
Here’s how: Lay a pipe cleaner along the top edge of your mask and match it to the size from side to side and cut it just the right length. Before you sew your mask shut, insert it and pin it in place along the top edge. I then just top stitched to keep the pipe cleaner in place and it worked great!
Fold the fabric of the opening in on itself and sew the opening closed.
Press the mask nice and flat and you’re all set!
(He’s wearing a size 2.)
Best of luck to you and I hope this face mask pattern helps you and your family be safe and healthy.
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