This fabric face mask is the perfect accessory to wear whenever face coverings in public is necessary! Made with a filter pocket, this reusable face mask doesn’t use an elastic so it’s easy to sew with materials you most likely already have on hand!
Fabric face mask
Hey guys! I’m back with another fabric face mask pattern, after a few readers asked for other options when elastics are not available. Instead of using the first mask pattern I made here, I decided to make a whole new and quite different pattern for this no elastic face mask!
While this version is a little smaller than the first one, this fabric face mask is still covering a good portion of the face.
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Same as the first version, this face mask with filter pocket features a slot for any filter you might wanna choose to use. You’ll laugh but I even tried using menstrual pads and nipple pads to test efficiency; I’m crazy like that! But you might wanna go the “standard” route in which case, some hospitals recommend any 0.3 micron filter such as:
They’re also recommending to apply adhesive tape to the top, the bottom and the sides of the mask, on the inside, to ensure better contact with your face. I have none available at this point but this fabric face mask still provided good contact with my face.
To completely skip using elastic I resorted to handmade bias tape (I used this method to make it), for finishing all four sides of the mask and also use as straps to tie the mask at the back. Same as with the first mask I made, I opted for two layers of straps: one goes around the neck and one around the middle of the head. Because the straps are made out of fabric, they offer pretty good grip and won’t slip and because they’re tied separately, won’t make the mask bend in the middle which exposes your nose and mouth.
The pattern comes in four sizes: toddler, child, woman and man and is available here. I hope you like it and decide to give it a try! Happy sewing!
- face mask pattern
- cotton scraps for outer and inner layer of the mask
- cotton scraps for the pocket
- double fold bias tape (here’s how I make mine)
- optional – lightweight interfacing (if your cotton fabric is too thin)
- fabric marker
- matching thread
- flexible wire (I used garden twist ties)
- sewing machine
- pressing iron
Prepare the mask pieces
- Print the mask pattern according to needed size and cut out.
- Mark the pattern on all fabrics (outer, inner mask and pocket)
- Cut 1 from outer fabric, one from inner fabric and 2 from pocket fabric.
- Sew the “darts” with 1/8″ allowance on all 6 pieces of fabric.
Make the pocket
- Place the pocket pieces right sides together and sew the sides only, with 1/2″ allowance.
- Turn the pocket right side out, smooth out and press the seam then edge stitch with 1/16″ allowance.
Sew the mask pieces
- Place the outer fabric wrong side up and top with inner fabric right side up.
- Pin the top and bottom.
- Attach double fold bias tape to both sides.
- Remove pins.
- Place the mask with inner fabric up and top with the pocket.
Finish edges with bias
- Cut 2 strips of bias tape that you can comfortably tie at the back (one for the neck and one for the head)
- Fold the smaller strip of bias in half to find the middle and pin that mark to the bottom of the mask, in the middle.
- Continue pinning to cover the entire bottom of the mask.
- Sew the bias to the mask, then continue joining the bias sides until you reach the end of the strip, on both sides of the mask.
- Fold the longer bias strip to find the middle and pin that middle to the top of the mask, in the middle. Continue
- Continue pinning to cover the entire top of the mask.
- Sew the bias to the top of the mask then stop.
- Cut a piece of wire and insert it in the casing created by the bias tape, at the nose bridge.
- Sew two small lines of stitches right and left of the wire to secure it in place.
- Continue sewing the bias sides into a strip, on both ends.
- Insert your filter and you’re ready to wear your mask! Great job!