Liberty Face Masks

2 Materials
20 Minutes

It’s not nearly as novel sewing medical masks now than it was a year ago, but unfortunately we are still needing to wear them. So why not whip up a few pretty ones? I just made three beautiful Liberty face masks, and I adore them. They are light-weight, quick & easy to make, and made from three sweet floral prints by my new design crush – Liberty of London.

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  • one piece of cotton fabric – 9″ x 14″

  • two pieces of thin elastic – 6 1/2″ in length

  • sewing machine

  • iron

step 1 – prepare the fabric

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 side edges under about 1 inch and press. Do this to both ends.

step 2 – fold the pleats

Fold two pleats into the mask, as shown below. Pin in place. Measure the height of each side to make sure they are even. Press.

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

step 3 – stitch side seams

While holding the elastic and pleats firmly in place, stitch the side seam. Then stitch over the same seam once more for extra durability. Repeat this process for the other side. Remember, these Liberty face masks are not official medical masks but nonetheless great options for those of you social distancing in your everyday lives. Stay safe, but do it in style!

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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Pineapple
    on Feb 21, 2021

    Where’s the filter pocket and nose wire?

    • Flipturn
      on Mar 3, 2021

      Rebecca is correct that neither of these (pocket and wire) are necessary to fulfill the reason why there are rules for folks to wear masks. The mask is worn so that if the wearer is infected with Covid, the fabric will absorb any moisture droplets from escaping out into the air, thus becoming airborne.

      Wearing of these types of masks is not intended to prevent any viruses from coming through the fabric. Adding any sort of filter inside a pocket will not increase the mask's effectiveness in doing so.

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