Medical sewn face mask pattern with filter pocket and nose guard free pattern and video

Learn how to sew a medical face mask for hospitals with a pocket and nose guard 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.

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1 piece of 100% cotton fabric cut:

15″ X 9″ for adult size

14″ X 8″ for teen size

13″ X 7″ for child size

12″ X 6″ for toddler size

-2 elastic strips 1/8″, 1/4″ x 6.5” women, 7” men, 5” child

– Iron

– Sewing pins

– Sharp scissors

– Sewing machine

– Pipe cleaner (5″ for adults, 4″ for child)


Cut your fabric according to size:

15″ X 9″ for adult size

14″ X 8″ for teen size

13″ X 7″ for child size

12″ X 6″ for toddler size

Fold the sides in 1/4″ and fold over again 1/4″. Sew the sides down.

With the wrong side out, fold your fabric in half vertically. Sew along the top 2″ in on either side, leaving a 3″-4″ opening at the top.

Bring your sewn seam with opening to the middle of your mask. Iron down the middle to make it flat.

Now we’re going to sew down the sides. Place your elastic in each corner on the inside with the elastic facing in. The picture below shows how the elastic should look underneath the top layer. You can pin your elastic to help keep it in place as you sew the sides or it also helps to hand sew the ends in place before you sew down the sides to keep them in place. Continue to sew down the sides with about 1/4″ seam allowance.

Fold your mask inside out through your opening.

Put your pipe cleaner inside the pocket up along the top of the seam and pin to secure.

Turn your mask over with the right side facing you (not the pocket side) and begin your pleats. 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 around the entire mask being careful to pull the pins out as you go. Fasten off. Put your mask 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! Insert your filter and wash between uses.


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