How to Make Your Own Face Mask

Depending on the time of year, germs can be all around us. Having your own face mask to wear can be a good way to limit the potential spread of germs. Nicki LaFoille shows you how to quickly and easily make your own face mask from small amounts of cotton fabric and thin elastic. She also provides a simple pattern piece download.

Make sure to also catch managing editor, Ashley Hough’s, Facebook live event answering you’re questions about face masks!

*Disclaimer: This mask is not designed to prevent you from getting sick and is not an alternative for best practices recommended by the CDC. This mask is a supplemental tool that can help you avoid touching your face.

Make Your Own Face Mask

Nicki begins by talking about the materials you will need to make your own face mask, which are the pattern piece, fabric and elastic. She explains what kind of fabric is good to use as well as the width and type of elastic that is good to use and why. She then explains how to cut out the pattern pieces for the outer and lining pieces and tells you how many of each you will need.

Nicki then shows how to assemble the outer and lining pieces and how to trim the seam allowances so that there is less bulk in all of the seams. Once the outer and lining pieces have been stitched at the center front, Nicki shows how to assemble, press and topstitch the outer and lining pieces together.

The last step that Nicki demonstrates is how to attach the elastic.

While some face masks have only one strip of elastic that goes around the back of your head, Nicki shows how to attach two shorter lengths to each end that can be worn around the ears. Once you have your face mask made, Nicki recommends washing it before using so you can ensure that you have a clean face mask.

While face masks are of course good for trying to cut down on the potential spread of germs when people cough and breathe, Nicki explains that they are also a great way to keep both adults and kids from touching their faces.

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14 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Face Mask”
    • Customer Service

      Hello Lola!

      I’m very sorry to hear that! We’d love to help!

      What issue where you running into when downloading the pattern?

      Thank you!

      Jessica
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Elaine,

      I’m very sorry to hear that! We’d love to help!

      What issue where you running into when downloading the pattern?

      Thank you!

      Jessica
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

      Reply
      • Sheila

        I downloaded the pattern. But I’m only getting one side. Is this the outer or inner piece?

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        • Customer Service

          Hello Sheila!

          Thanks for commenting!

          The pattern is explained in more detail when you view the video!

          Thank you!

          Jessica
          National Sewing Circle Video Membership

          Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Betsy,

      Thank you for contacting us. There is no size stated it only has the template in the download.

      *Disclaimer: This mask is not designed to prevent you from getting sick and is not an alternative for best practices recommended by the CDC. This mask is a supplemental tool that can help you avoid touching your face.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-208-7187, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!
      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Lou,

      I’m sorry but there are no written instructions only what is with the download: https://www.nationalsewingcircle.com/video/how-to-make-your-own-flu-mask/

      *Disclaimer: This mask is not designed to prevent you from getting sick and is not an alternative for best practices recommended by the CDC. This mask is a supplemental tool that can help you avoid touching your face.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-208-7187, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!
      Sincerely,

      Joan
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Vermella!

      Thank you for the feedback! I will forward this to our team!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Theresa!

      For sure! You’ll see a description box underneath the video itself. The download link is highlighted in pink and reads “simple pattern piece download.”

      If you have any other questions, feel free to chat with us on the website or call 1-855-208-7187.

      Thanks!

      Jessica
      National Sewing Circle Video Membership

      Reply

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