How to Sew a Basic Face Mask

Blossom Lady
Mar 01, 2021 07:48 AM

With only a little bit of sewing know-how, you can sew up a basic face mask that only requires you to sew in a straight line. It's a great pattern for those new to sewing or those who need a refresher and it only takes about 30 minutes to make. This free basic mask pattern is available for three sizes so you can make one for yourself and each person in your family. Keep in mind that your mask should ideally be made of three layers of fabric—a water-resistant outer layer, a middle layer that acts as a filter, and an inner layer of water-absorbent fabric.

I’ve been getting back in my sewing groove lately and just finished a bundle of new face masks. After making a bunch now, I’ve found a method that is simple and fast and has worked well for me. I thought would share what I’ve learned: how to make a quick and easy DIY fabric face mask and where to find best elastic for face masks.

This cording elastic is much softer and less-irritating. Plus, it’s always a little more motivating to wear, when your mask has style or personality.


  • Two pieces of fabric 8” wide and 8½” long. (I like to use two different fabrics so that it’s easy to remember which side faces out when wearing multiple times.)
  • Two 6” long pieces of soft elastic
How to Sew a Basic Face Mask
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