Learn how to sew a medical face mask for hospitals with this free easy pattern and video tutorial.
As of right now, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. Now is a time where crafters can band together and make a huge difference during this difficult time.
Please check with your local hospital on what their needs and requirements may be if you are planning to donate them.
While handmade fabric face masks are not a substitution for N95 masks, in times of emergency, the CDC may allow handmade fabric masks to be used when shortages take place.
You can read more from the CDC here on the use of homemade masks HERE.
Wash between each use. This mask can be used as is or fit over another medical mask if you have one.
If you would like to purchase the ad free PDF download version of this pattern you can do so in my Etsy shop HERE.
I also have a few tutorials on the following face masks as another option:
- Sewn face mask with filter pocket/nose guard
- Hand sewn face mask
- Crochet face mask with filter pocket
- Crochet face mask
Watch the free Youtube tutorial here.
-2 pieces 100% cotton fabric 7″ x 9″ for adult size, 5″X 7″ for child size
– Optional: 1 piece cotton flannel or another breathable cotton layer (for middle), 7″ x 9″ for adult size, 5″ X 7″ for child size. This is an optional layer to give you another layer of protection. If you are making this to wear over a face mask you already have, you can just use the 2 pieces of cotton.
-2 elastic strips 1/8 or 1/4″ x 6” women, 7” men, 5” child (if you don’t have elastic you can use ribbon- cut 18″-20″)
– Sewing pins
– Sharp scissors
– Sewing machine
– Pipe cleaner (4″ for adults, 3″ for child)
Cut 2 pieces of your cotton fabric and one piece of your interface according to sizing:
7″ X 9″ for adult
5″ X 7″ for child
Place your interfacing material down first. Next, lay one layer of your cotton material on top (right side facing up). Pin your elastic (or ribbon) on the top and bottom of this layer (ear straps facing in) or carefully hold it in place when you sew around. Lay the next cotton layer on top with the right side facing down. Start in the middle top or bottom of the mask and sew around leaving a 2-3″ pocket before you reach the end. Give yourself a 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing around.
Fasten off and turn the mask inside out.
Cut a 4″ pipe cleaner for adults, 3″ pipe cleaner for kids and put it in the seam opening to the opposite side of the mask. Push up and across the seam and pin the pipe cleaner underneath. Fold your opening under to make it even with the side of your mask and sew around the entire mask (still maintaining 1/4″ seam allowance). Make sure to sew over your elastic ends again to secure.
Start about an inch from the top and fold your pleats up about 1/4″. Pin your pleats in place. Make a total of 3 pleats. Carefully sew the sides of your pleats pulling the pins out as you go. Fasten off. Put on with the pipe cleaner side at your nose. Push down around the pipe cleaner to fit the top to your face.
You’re done! Enjoy your new mask and stay well!
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