Easy-to-sew Mask

2 Materials
$1
15 Minutes
Easy

This is the second tutorial I’m sharing for making medical masks, because I’ve made so many for my family and friends that I’m always seeking a simpler and easier way to sew them. And I think I’ve found it! I’ve made a few improvements from the first pattern I shared, and the result is a comfy, easy-to-sew mask that’s quick & simple to make.

step 1 – prepare the mask

Cut a piece of fabric 9″ x 14″. With right sides together, fold in half and stitch together as shown below.

Trim seam; turn right side out and press.


Next, turn the edges under about a quarter of an inch and press. Do this to both ends.

step 2 – make the pleats

To create pleats, fold the mask in half lengthwise and press; then open. This is just to create a “line” in the center. 

Next, about an inch or so above the middle line, bring the fabric down to meet the middle crease, creating a small pleat. Press.

Now about an inch or so beneath the middle crease, bring fabric up to meet the middle line. Press. You have now created a soft pleat in the center of the mask. Pin in place.

Take a piece of elastic and place the ends inside the mask at the top and bottom, as shown below. Pin in place.

Stitch the side seam, then stitch over the same seam once more for extra durability. Insert elastic and repeat this process for the other end of the mask. Press.

Remember this is not an official medical mask but nonetheless a great option for those of you social distancing in your everyday lives. Stay safe everyone!

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  • MK Watson
    on May 3, 2020

    Pretty, but, what is the filters micron rating? If C19 is your reason for wearing a mask, then the mask must be able to stop the wee little bug. N95 masks are rated at 0.1 to 0.3 microns. This is rated to stop the C19 virus.

    • Flipturn
      5 days ago

      MK, you are absolutely correct in saying that only N95 masks are rated to block out undesirable air particles such as the C19 virus.


      Although there are many different materials (coffee filters, interfacing, flannel, paper towels, etc.) being suggested these days to be used as 'filters' in home made masks, none of these materials were designed to be worn over the mouth and nose, especially between two layers of fabric.


      They are not going to offer increased protection against bacteria or

      viruses. All they are going to do is impede oxygen from entering, and impede carbon dioxide from being expelled.

      In fact, there are fabrics that due to their fibre content and weave, will in themselves prevent the wearer getting adequate air.


  • Jane
    on May 8, 2020

    thanks for the great instructions. thoughts from you or others on keeping these masks clean? hand washing is one option but not sure what product to use to clean given its on our face and we are breathing the fabric! ideas anyone? be safe as we continue on ...

  • Jane
    on May 8, 2020

    thanks for the great instructions. thoughts from you or others on keeping these masks clean? hand washing is one option but not sure what product to use to clean given its on our face and we are breathing the fabric! ideas anyone? be safe as we continue on ...

    • Flipturn
      5 days ago

      Some washing machines have a 'hygienic' setting, where the water heats up to a much higher temperature than on regular hot water settings.


      Even so, the water temperature is not as hot as the interior temperature of an autoclave machine, which is used to sterilize medical tools.

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