Making a Mask


  • One piece of 8”x18”(Large) or 8’x16”(Small) Fabric

  • Two strips of elastic 8” (L) or 7” (S) long

  • One twist tie or pipe cleaner 4’-5” long (optional)

For a video tutorial, go here

Step 1: Fold and sew the top

  • Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together;

  • Sew 1.5” on both sides of the top, leaving a 5” gap in the center. This gap will be the pocket opening  for the filter;

Step 2: Finish the edge of pocket opening

  • Center the seam allowance and use an iron to press the seam allowance flat. (optional)

  • Add topstitching to both sides of the seam. This holds the seam allowance flat and in place.

  • Flatten your mask and position the seam/pocket opening 1/2" down from the top edge. To help out in the next step you can press this flat and pin the open edges together.

Step 3: Stitch the elastic bands

  • Place one of the ends of your elastic diagonally (45 degree angle) on the top-right corner.  Sew the elastic in place.

  • Attach the other end of the elastic to the bottom-right corner of your rectangle. Sew the elastic in place. 

  • Sew the other elastic on the left side.

  • Sew both left and right sides. 

Step 4: Insert the nose piece (optional)

  • Insert the twist tie or pipe cleaner though the pocket opening and center it at the top edge of the seam.

  • To lock it in place, sew on the top edge of the pocket opening seam. Your pocket should still be open and functional.

Step 5: Turn the fabric right side out

You will have a rectangular mask now with pocket opening on top and elastic loops on sides. 

Caution: The back is the side with the pocket opening


Step 6: Sew pleats

  • Place the attached Folding Pattern on the mask.

  • Use a pen to mark position of Line 1, 1’, 2, 2’, 3, 3’ on the mask.

  • Fold three pleats based on line positions, 1 to 1’, 2 to 2’, 3 to 3’.

  • After folding, the pleats are about ½” wide.  

  • Tape the pleats to keep them in place.  

  • Sew along the entire side with a 1/8" edge stitch to keep the pleats in place and repeat for both sides.

Congratulations! The mask is done!

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