Make Your Own Fabric Face Mask with This Free Pattern

DEC 28, 2020 updated Jun 7, 2021
Three curved masks featuring birds, dinosaurs and vegetables on a table with greenery

Featured artists: katerhees, kateherbertdesigns, and studiojenny

Looking to refresh your mask collection for the new year with designs that match your personality? Or maybe you want to give someone special a handmade mask you designed and made yourself. Whatever the goal, Spoonflower can help keep you and your loved ones safe and stylish! Choose the perfect print from our Marketplace of over 1 million designs or upload your own. Then print out our free pattern and use the tutorial below to create one-of-a-kind face masks. Join Fran from our Durham sewing team as she walks you through the seven simple steps!


How to Make a Curved Face Mask

Materials

All seam allowances ¼” (.6cm) unless otherwise noted.

*For this project we’re using two different designs, one for the lining fabric and one for the outer fabric so we are using two fat quarters. For a mask that uses the same fabric for your lining and outer fabric, you will only need one fat quarter. 

**For a child we recommend 24” (61cm) of elastic and for an adult we recommend 26” (66cm) of elastic but we suggest testing the fit of the elastic before finalizing your length. 

Materials for the curved mask tutorial

Dotty Orange and Pretty Dinos by kateherbertdesigns


1. Cut Out Your Mask Pieces

Using the free curved mask pattern, trace onto your fabric and cut so you have the following pattern pieces: 2 front pieces and 2 lining pieces.

Paper pattern pieces for the front and lining of the mask with cut front and lining fabric

2. Sew the Front and Lining Pattern Pieces

With right sides together, sew the front pieces together along the big curved edge with a ¼” seam allowance, making sure to backstitch at beginning and end. Repeat for the lining pieces.

Sewn together front and lining pieces

3. Edgestitch the Seam (optional)

Finger press the seam open and edgestitch along both sides of the seam, catching the seam allowance as you do. Repeat for the lining seam. This step is optional but provides structure so the mask will maintain its shape after repeated washes.

4. Sew the Front and Lining Together

Place the front and lining pieces right sides together, matching the center seam and start sewing from the edge of the front pieces. Please note, the front piece will be wider than the lining. Sew along the top edge and bottom edge. You may need to pivot at the midpoint for the bottom edge, leaving the sides open.

Place the front and lining pieces right sides together, matching the center seam and start sewing from the edge of the front pieces

5. Turn the Mask Right Side Out

The extended parts of the front should have a ¼” fold at the top and bottom that form as you turn this out. Finger press the edges.

Turning the mask right side out

6. Edgestitch the Front of the Mask

Edgestitch along the top and bottom edges for the entire length of the front of the mask.

7. Attach the Twill Tape or Elastic

To create the casing for the twill tape or elastic, fold the front edge ¼” to the unprinted side of the fabric and then again approximately ⅝”. The second fold should align with the raw edge of the lining. Finger press the casing in place. Place twill tape or elastic in the casing, as close to the outer fold as possible. 

Edgestitch the inner edge of the casing, being careful not to catch the tape. Backstitch at beginning and end. Repeat for the other casing. If you used elastic, stitch the ends together with 1” overlap to create the loop closure.

Trim all your threads and enjoy your new mask!

Curved face mask with elastic
Fran wearing a curved mask with dinosaurs printed on it in front of a closet of craft supplies

Interested in learning more about all the masks Spoonflower offers? You can create two pleated masks for just $10 with our DIY Mask Kit or let us do the sewing for larger orders with our pre-made wholesale face masks.

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