How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial

Learn How to Easily Make a Comfortable Neck Gaiter Face Mask with this Sewing Tutorial and Free Downloadable PDF Pattern.

So many of you have requested an alternative to the quilting cotton face mask and this is a great option! It’s easy to make, incredibly comfortable and can be reused in a variety of different ways.

There are six different ways that you can wear this protective neck gaiter face mask so it’s sure to get plenty of use no matter which way you choose to wear it.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

The best part about this mask is it’s made from knit fabric which is extra soft and makes for a comfortable, stretchy mask.

This sewing pattern comes in five different sizes including child, preteen, teen, adult and large adult to fit any sized face.

SUPPLIES FOR YOUR NECK GAITER FACE MASK:

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Get the Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Pattern Below!

IMPORTANT INFO BELOW – READ BEFORE SEWING

First, begin by selecting the size of neck gaiter you would like to make. For reference, I made the adult size for myself. If you have a smaller sized face you may want to downsize to the teen size.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FABRIC FOR YOUR NECK GAITER FACE MASK:

I recommend using a light- to medium-weight knit fabric with a content of 95% Cotton, 5% Lycra/Spandex or 95% Rayon, 5% Spandex. Having at least 5% Lycra or Spandex allows the fabric to have elasticity and bounce back to its original shape without getting stretched out over time.

Let’s talk about fabric! It’s important to use a 4-way stretch fabric for this project. It’s essential to use a fabric with at least 50% stretch. Not sure what that means? A 4″ piece of fabric should stretch to at least 6″. Fabric must have stretch both horizontally and vertically. Look for fabrics labeled as a 4-way stretch knit fabric.

Make sure to prewash and dry your knit fabric before cutting and sewing it! This will prevent your fabric from shrinking after you’ve sewn it.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

CONSTRUCTION

Use the stretch stitch on your sewing machine; this looks like a lightning bolt and allows seams to have more give so the stitches don’t pop when stretched out. If you don’t have this option, use a zigzag stitch.

You’ll also want to use a jersey or ballpoint needle if you have one. This will help the needle to pass in between the fibers instead of piercing them.

Choose which style of mask you would like to make. First, choose 1 layer or 2 layers. Second, choose whether or not you would like a filter pocket for a filter and a metal nosepiece.

PRINT THE PATTERN FOR YOUR NECK GAITER FACE MASK:

Download the pattern to your computer and print the pattern at 100% with no scaling.

Immediately check the 1”x1” square to ensure the pattern has printed correctly.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR NECK GAITER FACE MASK PATTERN

The pattern is numbered 1-3. Align the circles and black lines together as you are piecing the pattern together.

Feel free to trim off the excess from each piece of the pattern or hold the pieces up to the light and align them together without trimming.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

PLACE THE PATTERN ON THE FABRIC

Lay the fabric out in front of you and fold it in half. Align the cut on the fold marking with the fold of the fabric and pin the pattern in place. The fabric should be folded in half with the greatest direction of stretch running across the width of the pattern.

TWO LAYER (LINED) MASK TUTORIAL

Scroll down for the Unlined One Layer Mask Tutorial

CUT YOUR FABRIC

Cut out your knit fabric using the provided pattern. Cut out two pieces of fabric to create a lined mask. Cut out a filter pocket as well.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.
How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

CREATE THE FILTER POCKET FOR YOUR NECK GAITER FACE MASK:

Place one mask with the right side of the fabric facing upwards on a flat surface. Find the center of the mask and mark it. Align the filter pocket on top of the mask making sure it’s centered. The raw edges of the fabric along the top of the mask should be aligned.

Pin the filter pocket in place. With a stretch stitch, sew along the bottom of the filter pocket 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric. Sew along the top of the filter pocket 1″ from the raw edge of the fabric.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

SEW YOUR MASKS TOGETHER

Place the masks right sides together and sew across the top and bottom of the mask.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

Turn the fabric inside of the tube so the right sides are facing each other and align the seams. Pin everything into place and sew along the raw edge of the fabric with a stretch stitch leaving a 2-3″ opening for turning.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

Pull the fabric through the hole to turn it right side out.

PRESS & CLOSE OPENING

Hand stitch or use fabric glue to close the opening.

Press all of the seams on the mask with plenty of steam and a hot iron. This will help the fabric to shrink back to its original size as it can get stretched out during sewing.

FILTER POCKET

Slide a filter into the filter pocket and a nose piece into the top pocket. Now you’re ready to wear your face mask!

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

This style of mask can be worn a variety of different ways.

UNLINED MASK TUTORIAL

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

Read the directions below to create an unlined mask. This mask is preferable for some because it’s easier to breathe through than the two layer mask.

PLACE THE PATTERN ON THE FABRIC

Lay the fabric out in front of you and fold it in half. Align the “cut on the fold” marking with the fold of the fabric and pin the pattern in place. The fabric should be folded in half with the greatest direction of stretch running across the width of the pattern.

CUT THE FABRIC

Cut out your knit fabric using the provided pattern. Cut out 1 piece of fabric for the main mask. Cut out 1 filter pocket as well. 

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

CREATE FILTER POCKET

Place the mask with the right side of the fabric facing upwards on a flat surface. Find the center of the mask and mark it. Align the filter pocket on top of the mask making sure it’s centered. The filter pocket should be placed 1/2″ down from the raw edge of the fabric.

Pin the filter pocket in place. With a stretch stitch, sew along the bottom of the filter pocket 3/8″ from the edge of the fabric. Sew along the top of the filter pocket 1.5″ from the raw edge of the main mask fabric.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

SEW MASKS TOGETHER

Fold the top and bottom of the mask inwards 1/2″ with wrong sides facing to create a hem and press. I like to spray my material with a heavy starch to give me more control of the fabric.

Sew along the folded edge of the fabric, securing the hem in place using a stretch stitch.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

Fold the mask in half with right sides facing together and sew along the raw edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and ending.

Turn the mask right side out.

How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

PRESS THE MASK

Press all of the seams on the mask with plenty of steam and a hot iron. This will help the fabric to shrink back to its original size as it can get stretched out during sewing. 

FILTER POCKETS

Slide a filter into the filter pocket and a nose piece into the top pocket. Now you’re ready to wear your face mask!

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PRINTABLE WRITTEN TUTORIAL.

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How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

23 thoughts on “How to Make a Neck Gaiter Face Mask Sewing Tutorial”

  1. Thank you so much for this; I’ve seen people wearing them and have been thinking it would be nice to have some that hide my old lady neck issues, lol.

    Now I need one more thing, if I may: we don’t have a printer (or computer, since the libraries here are still closed). Any chance I could get measurements? If they graduate in equal amounts, I would only need the outside one (plus the pocket & nose piece) and how much to subtract for the other sizes. This would be a great help, and I’m looking forward to making some of these for the people on my list. Thank you!

    1. just printed out my pattern and measured it for you.
      width is meant to be the direction of greatest stretch
      full dimensions given (ie not half dimensions based on placing pattern on the fold)

      child: 9″ high x 16″ wide
      preteen: 10″ high x 17″ wide
      teen: 11″ high x 18″ wide
      adult: 12″ high x 19″ wide
      large adult: 13″ high x 20″ wide

      only two filter pocket sizes given
      child and preteen: 3″ high x 5″ wide
      all others: 4″ high x 6″ wide

  2. Hi Kimberly,
    Will 4-way poly/spandex work or does it have to be cotton/Lycra(spandex) or rayon/spandex?

  3. Thanks! I just told my husband today I was going to make some of this style and it popped up in my inbox. Perfect timing!

  4. I need a PDF of the instructions in sewing all these videos make my head spin I need written instructions so I can break it down

    1. If you go to the top of the instructions on the webpage, you can click and drag your cursor to highlight the directions and the photos and drag it all the way down over all that you want to use, then copy and paste them into a Microsoft Word document. It skips all the ads and you can print it out and have all the instructions laid out like they are on the website. I do this with all her turorials.

  5. Looking for pdf. I just figured it out…
    Pull up pattern as if you were going to print it.
    Right click on the pattern or side of pattern and
    it will give you an option of save as. Here you
    can save as a pdf. Hope this helps everyone!!!
    Remember to print pattern at actual size not
    fit to page…

  6. I’ve been wanting to make one like this to try even have fabric! What type filter did you use for this and a source/instruction?

    1. Patricia Partida Barragan

      I love all your perfectly explained instructions. Thank you. Where can I buy the nose wire?
      Please advise
      Thx

      1. many people use floral wire or any other bendable type of wire. I found the actual nose piece thingies available on amazon, they are adhesive backed, but you could just as well slide them in to the pocket. I like that I don’t have to worry about a sharp wire point aimed at my eye area.

  7. silly question, but I can’t find the one inch square to assure pattern was printed correctly. Can someone guide me?

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