DIY Filter Face Mask

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Need a face mask? Have a sewing machine? You've come to the right place! Here is my little twist on an at home DIY face mask that has a slot for a filter.

I cut my two pieces of fabric 7.5" L x 8.5" W. This can be adjusted to make it bigger or smaller depending on what size you need.

I folded the bottom edges inward and pressed them with an iron. This will serve as the edge where the filter can be inserted.

I sewed a straight line along the bottom of both pieces to secure the fold.

How they look sewn.

How they look flipped over.

I put the "good" sides touching each other to sew them together.

This is where I started to sew. I made sure to leave a big enough gap open that is not sewn on the folded edge so I could insert a filter. I sewed only 2 inches on each side along the edge where the fold is.

I followed the outline of the pieces of fabric.

Once I got around to the other side of the fold, I stopped here.

Here is the gap where I will put a filter.

I flipped the fabric to face the "good" side.

I took a closed pencil to make sure I flipped out the corners well.

This is what it looks like flipped to the good side.

I pressed it with an iron.

I was careful with the bottom edge when I pressed it with the iron to make sure the folds stayed on the inside.

Another look at the bottom edge.

I started to fold my fabric in an accordion fold.

I used pins to secure my fold.

I chose to make three folds in my mask. You can make more or less.

I sewed the folds into place.

I took the iron and pressed down to make sure the shape of my folds would stay in place.

The next steps are completely optional. This is just how I decided to attach the ear hooks. You can use whatever material or method that you would like.

I took elastic and hand sewed the edges with the elastic.

Once I reached the other side of the edge, I pulled the elastic tight to make it scrunched. I felt that this make the mask stay close to my face better.

I sewed the elastic on both edges.

I decided to use ribbon to make the ear holders so it was not too tight behind my ears. Like I stated above, this is optional, you can use whatever material that you would like for the ear holders. If you choose ribbon, you will need to measure the ribbon to fit your ears.

I hand sewed my ribbon to the edges.

Both sides with the ribbon attached.

It's all finished!

The back of the mask.

The filter pocket.

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3 of 15 questions
  • Jeanne
    on May 10, 2020

    What kind of filter? I wish she would have shown that.

  • Donna
    on May 11, 2020

    The foam piece I think she may be talking about is similar to the thin foam piece you find on a moist heating pad, the piece you moisten and place back into the heating pad for moist heat, but I don’t know where you’d find the foam. Maybe Michael’s? Or a fabric store? I don’t know, but it’s a start! Hope that helps you ladies! Thank you for your time to sew the masks everyone needs so much, together we can beat this!

    • Ingrid

      Clever Shari! I was wondering what would be small enough to filter.

  • Susan Nielsen
    6 days ago

    This does not seem finished. Where is the elastic or ribbon?

    • Ingrid

      Jewelry Elastic to make the accordion fold hold and she used ribbons for the ears, would use elastic that you sew in to a waistband about a 1/4 " width. She has it all in her pics and supplies.

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  • Donna Couture
    on May 4, 2020

    Nice design! I would add a pipe cleaner over the nose so it’s more fitted.

  • Mary
    on May 5, 2020

    I would add elastic for the ears so the mask can stay on. Just a thought, I could be wrong.

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