Learn How to Sew a 3D Face Mask With Filter Pocket, Nose Bridge, and Ties with This Sewing Tutorial and Free PDF Pattern Download.
After many requests, I'm sharing my 3D face mask pattern! Of the five different face mask patterns I've shared so far, this mask might just be my favorite!
Wearing a 3D mask is preferable to many styles of masks because it sits further away from your face creating a pocket of air that can be breathed in easily. This style of mask is incredibly comfortable, the 3D style allows for more room around the mouth and nose while still providing a secure fit around the nose and chin.
As I'm preparing my children to return to school in the next few months, I knew I needed to create a pattern that would be easy for my kids to wear. The good news is that these masks have been tried and approved by both of my school-age kids! I sewed up a handful of them for my daughter in fun prints, and we added some pony beads to make them more playful. Just don't forget to tie a good knot at the end of the tie!
But this mask isn't just for kids!! This 3D mask pattern is available in 7 different sizes including Toddler, Child, Preteen, Teen, Adult, Large Adult, and XL Adult. So it's perfect for the whole family!
*Face masks are similar to bras in that you might have to try a few sizes before you find the perfect fit! Don't get discouraged, every face is shaped differently so this is to be expected. Personally, I sew the adult size for myself and it's a perfect fit!
Table of Contents
3D FACE MASK SUPPLIES
- 1/2 Yard Quilting Cotton
- 1/8 Yard Knit for Ties or 1/4” Elastic
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Pony Beads
- Turning Tool
- Wire Cutters
- Metal Nose Bridge
STEP 1. PRINT THE 3D FACE MASK SEWING PATTERN
Begin by downloading the pattern to your desktop. Open the download and print at 100% with no scaling.
Immediately measure the 1″x1″ square to make sure the pattern has printed off correctly. Tape or glue the pattern together and cut out each pattern piece. Align the black lines and pink stars.
If you plan on cutting out multiple masks, you can cut the template out of something sturdier like a cereal box or cardstock.
STEP 2. CUT OUT FABRIC FOR YOUR 3D FACE MASK
Fold the main mask pattern piece along the corresponding fold line. I like to use my iron (without steam) to set the crease.
Cut out 2 layers of the main mask and one filter pocket. Cut a 1″ wide strip of t-shirt material to 35” to create an around the head tie. Stretch the t-shirt material by pulling it tight.
STEP 3. IRON & SEW FILTER POCKET ON YOUR 3D FACE MASK
Fold the main mask along the fold lines of the pattern and iron the fabric. This will create a top stitching guide for a later step.
Make sure the main outside fabric is being folded with wrong sides together.
Fold the right and left side of the filter edges under 1/2”, press and sew along the fold.
STEP 4. PIN AND SEW YOUR 3D FACE MASK
Place the filter on top of the main mask fabric with right sides together. Make sure to center the filter pocket.
Pin along the top of the filter.
Pull the filter pocket downwards to meet the bottom of the mask. It will be shorter than the actual mask.
Pin in place. Place the lining right side down and pin around the entire mask leaving the sides unpinned.
Sew around the mask leaving both sides open. Don’t forget to backstitch!
STEP 5. TURN MASK RST, PRESS & SEW FOLDS
Turn the mask right side out, making sure the filter pocket gets turned to the side of the lining fabric. Use a turning tool to push out the corners of the mask. Press all seams avoiding the pre-pressed topstitching lines.
Fold the flaps inward and pin the filter out of the way. With a 1/8” seam allowance sew along the pressed edge. Press the topstitching. Unpin the filter and push it into the folds of the mask.
STEP 6. PRESS & SEW CASINGS
Flip the mask face down. Fold the raw edge inwards 1/4” and press. Fold the edge in an additional 3/8" and press. Pin the casing in place and sew along the inner fold of the casing.
Pull the corner of flap upwards to create a 90-degree angle. Pin in place and sew parallel to the casing stitching line.
I like to draw in a stitching line parallel to my casing line to ensure I sew straight.
To create a nose bridge pocket sew 3/8” from the top seam along the filter pocket.
STEP 7. CREATE STRAPS FOR YOUR 3D MASK
TIES – First off, you can create a T-shirt casing that goes around the head. To do this, cut a length of knit fabric or a t-shirt 1″ wide by 35″ long. You can adjust this measurement as needed.
Attach a safety pin to the t-shirt tie and feed it upwards through the right-hand casing and downwards through the left-hand casing. The tie can be adjusted once it is placed on the wearer for a better fit and tied at the base of the neck.
You can also create adjustable ear loops using pony beads. Cut a knit tie about 13" long. Feed the knit tie through one casing. Bend a piece of wire in half and slide the pony bead onto the wire. Slide both ends of the knit tie in between the wire, pull the wire to feed the bead onto the ties. Now you can adjust the ear tie using the pony bead.
FILTER – A filter can be slid into the mask through the openings on either side. Attach a safety pin to the side of the filter to help feed it through the mask.
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