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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!