How to Sew a Fitted Cotton Face Mask

Sew a Close-Fitting Cotton Face Mask with Bias Tape or Elastic and a Flexible Nose Wire.

After many requests for a more fitted face mask after my pleated face mask tutorial, I’m sharing a tutorial and free pattern for this face mask! It can be worn alone or layered over an N95 mask.

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This cotton face mask features a flexible nose wire to allow for a tight fit along the nose and the option to use bias strips or elastic.

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It’s important to use a tightly woven 100% cotton fabric. If you’re not sure what tightly woven means hold it up to the light, you should not be able to see through it. 

Please make sure that you prewash your fabric using a mild detergent and no fabric softener. This will help to shrink the fabric to prevent it from shrinking later on after it’s been sewn.

Once your masks have been donated, they should be washed and sanitized by the hospital before being put into use.

Looking for more face mask tutorials? Get my Bias Tape Pleated Mask with filter pocket here.

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Get my Simple Elastic Pleated Mask here.

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Get the matching Scrub Cap FREE Pattern here!

How to Sew a Close-Fitted Cotton Face Mask

*Disclaimer- Homemade masks will not prevent someone from becoming infected with Covid-19. They are approved by the CDC to be used as a last resort when all other PPE options have run out.  Health providers experiencing shortages, who have handmade masks can use them on lower-risk patients allowing N95s to be reserved for emergency cases. This post is in response to pleas from hospitals for handmade masks.

Cotton Face Mask Supplies

Click Here to Download the FREE Pattern.

Before cutting out your pattern, review the graphic below. This will help you to choose the correct pattern for your specific face shape. The best way to do this is to take a photo of your face from a side angle and draw a line along the front of your face. If the line is a vertical line version 1 will fit you best. If the line goes inward along your chin, select version 2.

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Download the pattern to your computer. Open the file to print.

If you don’t have a printer, save the photo below, hold a piece of paper up to the screen and trace the desired size. Double-check that the 1″x1″ square is measuring correctly before tracing. You may need to zoom in or out.

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My friend Cori George of Hey, Let’s Make Stuff digitized this pattern into an SVG file. If you have a Cricut Maker, you can cut this pattern out on your machine. Click here for her SVG file.

Step 1. Print & Cut Cotton Face Mask Pattern

Begin by printing off the PDF pattern. Download the pattern to your computer, open it up and print at 100% with no scaling. 

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Don’t forget to measure the 1-inch square to make sure the pattern has printed off right and is sized correctly.  Cut around the black line of the pattern.

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Cut out a total of 4 pieces of fabric using this pattern. You should end up with two sets of mirror images. 

Step 2. Pin and Sew Lining and Main Fabrics

Place the mask pieces right sides together and pin along the outward curve of the fabric.

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Sew the seam with a 3/8ths inch seam allowance. Clip small notches (cutting close to, but not through the stitching) into the fabric to reduce the bulk of the seam. Press the seam to the side.

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Step 3. Cut and Sew Elastic or Bias Tape Strips

Now it’s time to prepare either your elastic or bias tape.

Elastic– For elastic cut 2 pieces of elastic 10 inches and 8 inches long (shorten both lengths for child-sized masks). Hold them around your head to double-check the length. Different brands of elastic have different amounts of stretch so this number may vary.

To create a mask with elastic ear holes cut two pieces of elastic 5 inches long.

These numbers are suggestions, please measure your own head before cutting your elastic to get the best fit.

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Bias Tape– If you plan on using bias tape cut 4 pieces of double fold 1/2 Inch bias tape 14 inches long.

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Pin the elastic or bias tape to the straight edge of the fabric, 3/8ths of an inch from the top. Repeat the same process along the bottom of the mask.

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If you are using bias tape, neatly fold the bias tape into the center of the mask so it doesn’t get caught in any seams while you are sewing. Place the lining fabric on top with right sides facing together and pin around the entire mask.

Place a pin horizontally along the seam allowance of the bottom of the mask as a visual reminder to leave a 3 inch opening for turning.

Sew around the entire mask using a 3/8ths inch seam allowance. When you reach the corner of the mask, put your needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and pivot. This will help you to get nice, sharp corners.

Step 4. Create Flexible Nose with Wire

Optional

Cut a 7-inch length of floral wire to create a flexible nose piece for a better fit around the nose.

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Turn the ends of the wire inwards to prevent them from poking through the fabric.

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Gently bend and center the wire along the seam allowance on the top of the mask and pin it in place.

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Using a zig-zag (increase your width to the highest setting) stitch slowly sew over the wire to secure it in place. Make sure to keep the wire positioned in the very middle of your presser foot to avoid hitting it. 

Step 5. Turn Right Side Out

Turn the mask right side out by pulling the inside of the fabric through the 3-inch opening. I like to grab onto the wire as I pull to prevent it from bending.

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Press the mask, taking care to tuck in the unsewn seam allowance along the bottom of the mask.

Step 6. Press and Top Stitch your Cotton Face Mask

Topstitch 1/4th of an inch from the edge along the bottom of the mask.

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If using bias tape, fold the end of the bias tape backwards on itself with right sides facing and sew a straight line to close it. Turn it right side out and press. Then sew along the folded edges using a 1/4” seam allowance to secure the bias tape in place.

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Give the mask one final press and clip any threads.

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Download a printable PDF condensed version of the instructions here.

296 thoughts on “How to Sew a Fitted Cotton Face Mask”

  1. Christine L Shook

    I am making a very familiar mash without the wire, and they fit just fine with out it. Go ahead and make without the wire, and it with be fine.

    1. I don’t have a printer that’s working. Can you give the sizes? How long is the straight side, the opposite curved size? Thank you.

      1. I just opened mine in Adobe, zoomed in until my ruler measured the boxes at 1″ and 5cm. Then I taped a piece of plain paper to my screen and traced the pattern. Hope that helps!

        1. I did the same thing, I don’t have a printer,,,your lighted screen makes the pattern show though any school lined paper or printer paper very easy to see. You don’t need a printer at all, save ink if you do.

          1. Hi! I absolutely adore the floral fabric you show in the tutorial! Do you have a link for it or do you mind telling me where it’s from?
            Thank you!

        2. Monica Rivera

          I’m confused. Should the smaller box be 1 inch and the larger box 5 cm?

          If I make the paper width 8 1/2 inches wide, would that work?

          1. The small box is 1 inch and the larger box is 5 cm, yes.
            I don’t think the pattern page is the same as an 8-1/2 x 11 page of letter paper. Scale off of those boxes instead.

          1. Marilyn Fairbanks

            Using Sweet Poppy fitted mask, cut 3/8″ larger than the pattern all around. This worked for my XLG hubby.
            Marilyn

          2. I placed the large adult pattern on card stock. I then held two pencils side-by-side.and traced around the pattern. Two pencils side-by-side will increase the pattern by approximately 1/4”. Hope this helps.
            Marge

    2. I cannot get the top to not gap around the top. I’ve tried adult and teen and I’m not sure what to do. The wire needs to be pinched weirdly to stop it. I’m just wondering if my face is wrong

      1. We found the same – I tried several things including adjusting pattern. What worked best was adding a small pleat both sides on top of mask (towards the end away from nose).

      2. I found that if you put the elastic or bias tape ties a bit above the ends, rather than between the two sides as shown in the instructions, you have a better and tighter fit across the nose. Had to play with it a bit to find the right location, but it worked for me.

      3. I sew a small pleat on the sides of my mask. This allows the top to sit nicer and the sides by the ear to not pop out.

        1. Ma friend just saw a mask with cotton inside and Lycra outside and it’s great and lite bat a little problematic for ironing 🙂

      4. You can always leave out the wire and put one of the anti-snore strips on the inside of the mask instead. It will need to be removed prior to washing and replaced for each use.

      5. I found that it does gap a bit, however this works great for me on the production floor where I have to wear safety glasses. No nose wire, just place glasses nose piece or guard directly on top of the edge of the mask and it seals it to your face and …. presto NO FOGGING of my glasses. Love this, as I have been trying every style out there to stop fogging to no avail. Have just finished a bunch of these to keep at work just for this! For other use I just stitched the seam bigger as I finished off at the nose of the pattern so that it makes it smaller at the bridge of the nose.

    3. I have several different variations i am working on. I am not sure which will be better, but it’s a good experience. I wouldn’t have attempted to do this without this course. Having the sizes are definitely helpful. i will share once i get one i am happy with.

  2. Kimberly Coffin

    Hi Vanessa,

    Many hospitals here in the US are asking for them to be made with a wire for a better fit. I would imagine after many repeated washes it might begin to erode. Although, I think using cloth masks in a hopsital is really just a temporary fix until we are able to produce enough medical grade ones to replace them.

    1. I sterilize masks with iron on steam and high heat, ironing both sides, this allows them to be ready quickly. Steam is hotter than a washing machine can get (>100 C).

        1. The printed pattern lists four 12″ bias tape ties. The instructions say four 14″ ties. Please advise.

      1. Wow! That’s great to know! I’ve been washing and drying all the fabric before cutting and sewing. And, of course, I iron it after each step. Going forward, I won’t wash and dry. Saves time. Thanks!

        1. Raychel Bowen

          Pre-washing: Don’t forget about shrinkage though if it’s going to be washed in the future. I still wash and iron mine after use.

      2. Washing the fabric prior to making masks removes the sizing and other items from the mask. I am asthmatic and cant tolerate a mask that hasn’t been pre-washed.

    2. Theresa A Zamora

      I was wondering if you have considered adding a light weight interfacing to (maybe) give added protection (kind of like a filter)? It might also help them last longer through washings.

      1. Hi, I read a posting by a PhD Microbiologist (with pathogen and air quality experience) and avid sewist and she suggested using NON-WOVEN interfacing for that interior layer. The idea is that the three layers of woven fabric are offset from one another causing air (when it migrates in or droplets when they migrate out) to not have a straight path. If you use non woven interfacing even better because it is a complex matrix.

        Sh also said that a person could use Duct Tape to water proof the wire used for the nose piece.

        Here is a copy of what she wrote …

        ……

        Couple of extra tips from a PhD Microbiologist (pathogen and air quality experience) and avid sewist. You can use fine men’s shirting or high thread count sheets for fabric. You can use a third layer of cotton fabric in center if you can’t access HEPA quality fabric. Also you could use a non woven interfacing for that interior layer. The idea is that the three layers of woven fabric are offset from one another causing air (when it migrates in or droplets when they migrate out) to not have a straight path. If you use non woven interfacing even better because it is a complex matrix. The entering particulates collide so to speak with the fibers and are captured. Also you can consider a synthetic fabric for the middle layer since many polyesters and nylon are charged and can better capture charged cells. Instead of the pony holders I’ve used fold over elastic about 28 inches long to bind each short side of the mask. This leaves stretchy tails for tying (makes it easier to fit) as you just zig zag across folded over elastic from one end to the other. Many have also used garbage bag wires and plastic floral stems for the nose piece, pipe cleaners, you can sandwich it in duct tape so it stays waterproof. I suggest inserting it into a 4” casing made with fold over elastic sewn to the lining side of the mask. This way you can reinsert new wire as needed. Lastly after you turn it

        1. If you use the casing method the plastic/wire on the coffee bag is my favorite option. Little Debbie’s donut bag gives you 2. Just beware of the powder sugar crumbs on your fabric!

    3. Theresa A Zamora

      Kimberly Coffin, I was wondering if you have considered adding a light weight interfacing to (maybe) give added protection (kind of like a filter)? It might also help them last longer through washings.

      1. Sheila Whitney

        A solid color muslin fabric, broadcloth or another layer of quilting cotton fabric can be used in the middle instead of a fusible interfacing and works just as good. I don’t think that having the glue on the interfacing would be good to be breathing in.

    4. Debra Koss Rodriguez

      I have cut and stitched a “pocket” on the nose area to place the wire. The wire can then be removed for washing or replacing.
      I use another color of fabric for this (such as the front fabric for the inside and vice versa).

      1. I cannot get the top to not gap around the top. I’ve tried adult and teen and I’m not sure what to do. The wire needs to be pinched weirdly to stop it. I’m just wondering if my face is wrong

    5. I have used a bias tape channel sewn across the nose piece, leaving both ends open. I then use a pipe cleaner cut to 7 inches with the ends bent to prevent poking thru, inserting it into the channel. The pipe cleaner can be removed easily with hemastats or small needle- nose pliers for laundering.

    1. I watched one of your videos on YouTube. You were making the mask with a pocket for a filter to be inserted. What do you suggest using for a filter?

        1. Do you have the elastic measurements or bias tape measurements for the teen and child sizes? ( fitted mask )

          On the pattern it gives you some guidance but not exact measurements.

          Thank you.

      1. I would suggest either buying them from filtee.com (no, I’m not affiliated with them) or just cutting a third layer (identical to outside/inside layers) out of interfacing or silk. I would NOT suggest using a vacuum or regular air filter!

    2. as i have been told copper is not a good material for using inside the mask caused of especially this material keeps any virus longer.
      Even I have a proposal of washing problems: maybe you cut and save a small buttonhole and do not fix the wire. So you are able to take it out before washing, may clean it separately with some liquid for disinfection or may change it if it is damaged.
      And my third remark is a proposal to extend the wings left and right for a channel and you can use this for fixing the tapes. If you do so you are allowed to use only one tape for fixing the mask with a loop on the top and with only one knot in your neck. Furthermore its a possibility to change the tape(s) whenever you like. (Length of the tape has to be about 90-100 cm).
      Take care all of you!

    1. I made this mask with a few modifications, made the front 2 layers, but mainly leaving a bottom opening to put an n95 mask in. It works well, but my issue is how do you tie the ties so it stays in place. Can you post some pictures-side and back so I can see how it works? I have pictures of my modifications if interested,

      1. An N95 should not be inserted into another mask or it will not seal. You can place a mask cover on the outside of the mask.

  3. Elastic is reported to be in short supply in my hometown. Elastic also does not hold up well in repeated hot water washings and dryings. What do you think about sewing buttons at the corners where you would sew elastic? Then you could wind a string around a button on one side, stretch it across the back of the head, and then wind it around the button on the other side. Or you could do the same thing with a rubber band – very disposable.

    1. You can use shoe laces for the elastics (2 for each side of the mask) and then tie them behind your head – instead of elastic. I think it was 18″ each. Some medical people say their ears bleed after a day of wearing elastic – especially if it is not a thin elastic.

    2. I’m using ponytail elastics and elastic headbands. I don’t cut the ponytail holders but fold the fabric over and reinforce with extra stitching. It’s pretty easy to adjust most mask patterns to accommodate either.
      Take care

      1. How much did you extend the pattern for this. I count some of the stretchy string that you use for beaded bracelets and was going to use that for looping over the ears.

    3. Christine Holland

      I saw where someone was cutting open bungee cords and using the elastic from inside them. Seemed like a good option.

    4. Someone suggested extending the wings and folding them back to create a pocket to thread a long cord through. I added 1.25″ to the end, and marked the pattern for folding at 0.50″ from the mask side to sew the pocket.

      Thread the cord so the loose ends come out the top, and knot the ends so they don’t slide back through the pocket. That way, the bottom loop can be extended to fit over the head, then the loose ends are pulled tight and tied at the back.

    5. 1 to 1 1/4 inch wide strips of TShirt fabric are a good substitute for elastic or hair bands. I used my rotary cutter on my kids discarded Tshirts. More comfortable and durable than elastic.

  4. I’ve cut up the white fabric from a dust ruffle to use as an extra layer. Breathable, washable, and similar to the material in the PPE masks. Thank you so much for the pattern.

    1. What about using the thin stretchy beading cord for the ears. It be nearly invisible but I wonder if people like me with glasses or people with hearing aids might find something smaller easier to wear unless the material would make it way to uncomfortable. Also seem to be easier to find.

      1. What is going on with the comments I didn’t put this as a reply then it randomly showed up as one seems like this is happening with a lot of people’s comments

  5. I tried a different pattern yesterday that didn’t fit and left gaps. Tried yours today and it fits perfectly! No gaps and it’s comfortable. Thank you so much for all you’ve done to get this posted.

  6. In Canada,the explanations I’ve read/heard point out that these masks are not meant for wearing around COVID-19 patients. These masks are meant to cover an n95 mask for extra coverage or they can be used while treating patients with other problems, freeing up medically-approved masks for COVID-19 people. Some of us are being asked to make masks with an inside slot pocket so the wearer can insert filters or the like for greater protection. The important thing to note here is that these masks do not have to be washed in “very hot temperatures” as regular hot water and soap will suffice in getting them ready for wear the next day. In that way, they are re-usable. One nurse said today said she’d like to change her outer mask (our masks) between each COVID-19 patient (covering her n95 mask) so she would like to have a number on hand. And our masks also serve as a reminder not to touch your face!

  7. I’ve never used floral wire before and it looks like maybe it’s by gauge? What did you use? Thanks for a great tutorial!

    1. I just opened mine in Adobe, zoomed in until my ruler measured the boxes at 1″ and 5cm. Then I taped a piece of plain paper to my screen and traced the pattern. Hope that helps!

      1. No that doesn’t help. All I have is a phone. I can’t make that square thingie in the corner equal 1 inch-never even heard of such a thing. I’m desperate I need a mask to be able to go to the grocery store and back home again and I’m terrified of covid 19. All I have is a legal pad and a pen. Please tell me top to bottom and east to west dimensions of these pieces. Where do I get wire? I’ve never sewed anything or crafted anything in my life. I don’t even own a needle or thread, so I don’t even know where to begin. Your instructions assume that people know how to do this and I don’t even know where to begin. Pretend you are telling a 5 year old and then give instructions please. I sobbed watching the video because I knew I don’t have the materials or skills to do this. I live alone no family to ask or help me out. Please give SIMPLE instructions. Thank you. I’m trapped in my house too afraid to go to the grocery store for fear I’ll catch covid and die.

        1. Angela Harffy

          A close weave scarf folded 3 times and tied at the back of your head would be better than nothing if you have no materials to sew a mask. Don’t touch your face while you are out and wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.x.

        2. Are you on facebook? If so, let me know your user name & we can connect. I can either give you instructions or send you a mask. Kittysnicks is my user name on FB

        3. Oh honey, things are going to work out ok. You have options even when it seems you’re trapped. Do you live in the US? Maybe try grocery delivery for a while, and if you need a mask and can’t afford one, I’ll make one for you (I’m a total novice, but I’ve got a sewing machine). I don’t know how to get your contact info and it’s probably not smart to leave it out here, but I’m sure others are willing to help too. Maybe you can can contact me on IG @liftyouorg Good luck, and keep going. This isn’t going to last forever.

        4. Look online or catch it on tv where the surgeon general shows how to make a mask without sewing.
          Simple folding of fabric and, I think, 2 elastic bands.
          It’s good idea not to panic. Have there been Covid cases in your neighborhood? If not, just put a bandana or scarf around your neck and face and get your shopping done. If there are covid cases, grocery shop when the store opens in the morning or last thing before they close. There will be fewer people either time. Wear gloves. Use hand cleaner before you put them on. Dont touch the outside of mask or gloves when removing them. Let your mask or substitute hang in an undisturbed place for ten days before using again. By now you should have found masks for sale in the grocery store. Get plenty and DONOT touch the outside when removing. I hang mine on a basket tree and rotate masks as needed.

  8. just a quick note – there seemed to be discrepancies between the tutorial dimensions and the what is written on the template – may want to review and revise if needed.
    Elastic 2 – 5″ or 2 at 10″
    Bias Tape 4 at 12 or 14″

    1. I’m just guessing by what I see in the photos, but the 5″ seems to be for ear loops, that go around the ears, like the pleated mask. The pictures with completed masks seem to have those. The tutorial, shows the elastic would go around the back of the head, and so the 10″ would make sense for that.

      Don’t have a clue on the Bias Tape.

      Again, just guessing, but that’s how I see it, and going to try a couple.

      1. Thats just what I was thinking toooo! I got a free supply bag from Joann’s fabrics to make masks and they included the fold over elastic. I jut the 2; 5″ for the ears and it worked great. I think I’ll stick with ear loops so I can get the most masks with the supplies they gave me.

        1. Debbie Mordino

          Hello – Just read your comment – you found 5″ loops will fit most. I have 200 adult size sewed waiting for elastic. I want to make the elastic loops the same size – no custom. Your input is greatly appreciated. – Thank you Debbie

          1. I’ve made a number of these now, both for adults and a child (5yo). For elastic loops around the ears, the adults have been most comfortable with 6.5in, child size is 5in.

    2. Suzanne Whitney

      Susan, For the elastic: you need 2 pieces at 5″ or 10″, depending on whether you will use them to around your ears or the the back of your head.
      For the Bias Tape: you need 4 pieces at either 12 or 14″. I guess this is your preference on how you need to be able to tie them? I’m thinking of using velcro on the ends of the bias tape instead of tying them.

  9. I’m going to try some of these tomorrow. They may not stop a virus, but as a woodworker, I need them for sanding. They should be perfect for that!

    1. Do you usually use N-95 masks for woodworking? We do and I found some still in packaging that I am going to donate to my hospital. I know it is just a few but if everyone donated what they had at home it could add up!

  10. Thank you, Kimberly. Great tutorial that is much-needed right now. Your kindness and efforts to assist are appreciated.

  11. I think you can use a hot glue gun to cover the wire before you sew it on I have seen this done on other tutorials

  12. Doris Hellmann

    Hi Poppy,
    Like your work. I’m trying to make it easy and effective as possible.
    What do you think about sewing a piece of velcro on the end of the ties so they can be adjusted to the head size and quickly closed or opened. Especially for children.
    Greetings from Germany.

    1. Be careful using Velcro on something near hair. I have a CPAP mask and the headgear uses Velcro for adjusting. If it overhangs and grabs my hair, I just cut off the overhang. Since I adjust once and don’t mess with the Velcro every night, I can do that. If you want to frequently open and close and adjust the Velcro, I think you will end up with a wad of hair pulled out of users’ heads.

  13. Hi! I love all your patterns and tutorials for the face masks!! I was wondering do you have a pattern for the fitted mask in a child size or how would I adjust your existing pattern to fit a child (my son is 10). Thanks!!

  14. I tried with elastic. The top piece is fine but the bottom is way too loose. I am guessing the bottom piece should be a couple inches shorter than the top? I put it side to side as pictured. I have a bunch of elastic I can use, which is why I didn’t do the binding.

  15. Washing masks: in the US we are being told soap and hot (machine hot, not boiling) water will kill the virus. The alternative is an aluminum piece like the flexible one’s you find in a 2-pocket folder. I wish the hospitals would harvest the metal piece for disposing for the masks. The can sanitize them with UV light before giving them to us.

  16. Thank you for the pattern an instructions.
    Your format was easy to follow. People friendly instructions 🙂

  17. Thank you for sharing pattern. My question is does it already include seam allowance just the way it is or do I need to add seam allowance?

  18. This worked great for me. I used a stainless steel wire and bias taps but it did not work at all for my husband. Just too small.

  19. Thanks so much for the mask patterns. I have requests for the mask with pocket lining and ties for the purpose of housing an N95 mask to keep it clean. A couple of suggested modifications if it is solely for that purpose: I found that if you use a nonwoven interfacing or stabilizer for the pocket lining it is less heavy and better able to breath through both masks. Also I interfaced the mask front with a nonwoven material as an extra barrier. You can skip the wire at the nose due to the N95 having its own wire.

    1. I made this mask with a few modifications, made the front 2 layers, but mainly leaving a bottom opening to put an n95 mask in. It works well, but my issue is how do you tie the ties so it stays in place. Can you post some pictures-side and back so I can see how it works? I have pictures of my modifications if interested,

  20. I also found Chemical Free Weed Barrier at Dollar General. Huge roll for $5. It’s the same fabric as the dust ruffle fabric.

    1. you need to make sure the weed barrier is not woven cloth! if it is it can’t be used as Germs can get thru the weave no matter how many layers you use. It needs to be Non-woven to protect but not too thick as it will be too hot and uncomfortable for PPE and people wont want to wear them.

  21. Besides hospitals, you may also want to check with Home Health, Visiting Nurse/Home Care Nurse Facilities, cleaning services, as well as Hospice Groups.

  22. Linda U. Shaheen

    I really appreciate your time and effort producing the pattern and instructions for the face masks.
    To me yours is the easiest yet.
    Linda

  23. Patricia Langfitt

    I added 1/2″ to the pattern. Otherwise it does not fit very well on other masks. Making these even for people that don’t have the N95 which most people don’t have! Insert coffee filters inside and throw away the filters daily. Something is better than nothing.

  24. I started using coffee bag closure bands, the bendable strips, or on entenmans donut bags or some cookie bags. I cut it down to 1.5-2” and get a couple out of one.

    1. Baharestan Rebekah

      I leave the bottom seams of this pattern open -not sewn together I finish each bottom fabric piece off by turning and sewing so it won’t frey by turning outside fabric to inside and sewing down with 1/8th inch finished seams. So both front and lining sides of bottom are not sewn together , this leaves bottom of mask open to insert a filter of paper towels or coffee mask filters (fold them in half)
      I add extra layers of filter type papers when in grocery stores etc.

  25. Just FYI……Fold over elastic works great since the elastic cord or small elastic is all sold out. Make sure you make it tighter if you use this because it tends to stretch out a bit. Hope his helps.

    1. Did you ever find out the answer? I was wondering too. The other pattern shrunk it by I think two inches. Maybe make a quick muslin to see if that works here? It’s what I”m gonna try if I don’t find the answer tonight.

  26. Hi! Loved both this tutorial and your pleated mask tutorial, thank you so much! Question, what do you think is the best way to alter this tutorial to allow for a filter insert?

  27. As another commenter mentioned I tried this pattern with the elastic and the top piece seems ok – it seems to slide off my head, but the bottom piece is way too loose. Do you have any recommendations on how to better use elastic for these? I already purchased a bunch otherwise I would use the other option.

    1. You can always pinch out the excess amount on the elastic you made and sew a seam across it. Then you can measure that one to know how long to make others.

  28. Instead of metal wire, you can use PLASTIC TIES – we have them here called ‘twisty ties’ and are included in plastic baggie boxes. We usually have a few laying around. Or you could use a PLASTIC BARRETTE, break off the middle part and bend it (find them at the Dollar Store). Or use PIPE-CLEANERS.

    1. Twist-ties from bags and pipe cleaners both contain metal wire– which will cause the same problem. If rust/eroding metal is a concern, these may not be good choices. If it’s a bendable barrette, it’s probably also made of metal. Sealed garden wire may be the best option.

      1. Betty Fitzsimmons

        My friend was having the same problem, Yu can see a rust color forming on the fabric from the outside, we’re trying to seal off the metal with a rubber dip coating or flex seal spray. If the temperature is still a problem, we may try adopting a flatter metal that can bend to conform from the outside of the mask like the N95 has, but have it attached with velcro (soft side sewed onto the outside mask) the metal nose piece can be sterilized with disinfectant wipes or spray?

        1. I am using a plastic covered paper clip. Open it (just once). Masking tape helps keep the ends from poking through fabric.Washes great.

  29. I printed from the PDF and the mask, worn alone and NOT layered over an N95 mask fits very well. I’d say it’s a small fit and would need to be increased for a larger face/head.

    Noticed that some folks are asking about the bottom elastic being loose around the back of your neck. Tie it to make it smaller or cross it over the top elastic so that it’s sitting just above the crown of your head and the top elastic is just below. Tuck in the folds on the edges of the mask and this makes a very well sealed mask on all edges (which is the point). I did notice that without a wire at the nose bridge, a lot of air flows in and out around the top which could be a potential point of entry … and exhaled air may also blow particles into your eyes.

  30. This was a great tutorial and I love this pattern. Thanks so much for doing this! I agree with the other commenters on improvising with what you have. I ended up using pipe cleaners for the nose bridge because my floral wire is somewhere in the closet living with the Christmas decorations so you know when I’ll find that. I am huge allergy sufferer and already had the material because I intended to make masks to protect me from the GA pollen. I was able to comfortably sit outside yesterday thanks to you!

  31. Hi! I love your tutorials. So simple, clear and easy to follow! I wanted to know where you get your fabrics? Thank you!

  32. I’m using coffee bag closure bands also for the nose piece. And when the 1/4″ elastic runs out, wider but with pieces of Velcro at the ends. And I found four vacuum cleaner Hepa filter bags in the junk closet that will be re-purposed in the rectangular-pleated face masks for at least hubby and me. Being a pack rat has its benefits. Thanks for doing this.

  33. I used your close fitting pattern to make a mask for myself as well as one for my niece who lives with me. The size you recommended worked great for me but, for my niece, it was just a bit too tight in area of her nose and mouth. Instead of enlarging the entire pattern, I increased only the width a bit more while leaving the height alone. To do this, I selected the pattern and then dragged the right side a small amount. That created a little bit more room in the center front after it was sewn. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern!

  34. Debbi Partridge

    I purchased 100% cotton lightweight flannel, will that work? That’s what they told me to buy at Joanns.

  35. Regarding velcro, if not closed before washing it can snag other items in wash. It also collects strings and other items floating around in wash. I have a Chihuahua that wears dresses everyday and a lot have velcro closures, that’s how I know. Also if the hospital is the one doing the washing, are they going to take the time, or do they have the time to close the velcro?

  36. I am looking for the tutorial on making mask when supplies are limited. I am sure it was this sight. It had information about pol fun. Any help would be appreciated. I tried to use the contact but it would not work.

  37. Can this pattern be adjusted to use hair ties instead of bias tape? I also thought of lining it with batting material for added protection since it does not have the pocket for the filter.

  38. I was anxious to make the surgical mask for our local hospital but for some reason I cannot print the pattern from my iPad …………help

  39. Can not print pattern for fitted mask. Would really appreciate an e-mail with pattern included. Thanks very much. Your tutorials are excellent

  40. I have made a few of the masks, but they look much smaller than the one you are wearing. I am following all the directions. Any suggestions why they may be on the smaller side? I’m worried they will only fit smaller females.

    1. Amanda
      If you are talking about the surgical face mask pattern not fitting, you’re right it is not at the size you need. You must print it out and then blow it up 200% on the printer. This expanded size is the one that you want to use as your pattern. That’s why she put that little square next to the pattern & said it must be equal to 1″. Hope this helps.

  41. Hello
    in the elastic placement photo you shows an upper elastic and a lower elastic – each of these would go around the head –
    in the finished photo it appears the elastic is one on each side, and would go around each ear –
    please let me know which to do
    thank you

  42. I have a ton of calico print fabric from a quilt I made long ago. You said that you should not be able too see through it when held up, but I can see through all of it. will that change when I wash it? my fabric came from Joanns, I cant imagine its much different than what you are using? thoughts?

  43. Just came up with another design. I didn’t want a seam down the front – afraid it would let germs in! So I just made straight sides and a slightly curved top, but the whole thing is wide enough to cover the face. Also I used a single layer of the HEPA filter from vacuum cleaner bags (I could get 4 if I was careful taking it apart). I stitched the elastic to the top and bottom corners. My head is bigger than hubby’s so some careful measuring was necessary, but if I averaged both, it would fit most people. It’s also snug which I like, but we did incorporate pleats on the sides and one under the chin so not many gaps. Already our neighbors have asked for a couple – my hubby was bragging!

    1. In step 3 you say to
      Sew around the entire mask using a 3/8ths inch seam allowance.
      But then you say to
      Turn the mask right side out by pulling the inside of the fabric through the 3-inch opening. If I didn’t read the whole thing before I tried to make it, I’d be ripping out 3 inches

  44. I’m going to try jumbo paper clips and curl the end upward with my jewelry needle nose pliers. I just tried them on my nose and my husbands nose and they seem to work fine. I think they will hold their shape better than pipe cleaners. A respiratory nurse said they really need the nose piece inserted. I believe they are aluminum so should hold up well in the hottest wash.

  45. Would someone be willing to give me the measurements of the straight end and the longest part of the curved end. Also the width? I’ve saw suggestions to enlarge on your computer but I can’t do that.

  46. I’m trying to contact you but there is no contact info on the site. My name is Ruth Burke and I am the president of a quilt guild in Colorado. We are starting a #Masks4All campaign in our town and I would like permission to reprint your face mask patterns, and link to your site and Youtube for the instructions. Please contact me as soon as possible.

  47. I have been making all my scrubs from a collection of material that has bats on it and I wanted to make 2 masks for each scrub because many times I go to 2 patients a day. I started with the rectangular mask with pleats but find yours much easier, faster and I can breathe better in yours.

    Thanks! BTW I use pipe cleaners. Just do not forget to turn the end over.

  48. Marilynn Raptis (Connecticut)

    Thank you so much for this mask pattern!!!! I have a lot of double fold bias tape , and your tutorial helped tremendously!! Would cutting it at 12″ work instead of 14″? I was just wondering….

    Thank you again!!!

  49. I have used Breath Right Nose Strips. They are plastic, peel off the sticky tape. I encase them as you would the wire. It is bendable but it does not stay in place but with glasses or goggles adds structure to a fabric mask.

    1. I have a question how would you make the mask comfortable for a person that wears glasses and sometimes a irritated face like sometimes itchy

      1. Both my husband and I wear glasses and I use Floral Wire to create the nose piece. I don’t zig zag it in, I make a little pouch along the top and then I can remove the wire prior to washing. I can’t use tape on my skin – allergies.

        1. Jeannette Dejesus

          Can u send me a pic or something of how you did the pouch for the floral wire please. Such a great idea.

        2. Can u send me a pic or something of how you did the pouch for the floral wire please. Such a great idea. I am using pipe cleaners and a pouch would be great.

  50. I got pipe cleaners for the wire in mine. I was trying to figure out how to get rid of the fuzzies so that it wouldn’t be too gapped. My hubby suggested burning them off with a torch so that it is just bare wire. It works perfectly! I also doubled it over.

  51. judith posner

    hi i am making them and using left over cotton quilt batting as my extra filter it is washable so do first since it shrinks some it has a tight weave and you can breath easily thru that and 2 layers of fabric

  52. Do you happen to have a pattern for the N95 mask that would fit a child? Not that I plan on taking my kids in public but in the event an emergency arises and we have to go out I would rather have them protected. Thank you for all you do!

  53. Thank you for this pattern. This is the first pattern I’ve tried for making a mask. I am wondering about the fit. I followed the pattern and directions using bias tape for ties, but the top tie does not go above my ears…both ties go below my ears. Is this how they are supposed to fit? It seems like it won’t stay in place for very long.
    Thanks for your help.

  54. Debbie Mordino

    Making the Sweet Red Poppy Fitted mask design – calls for 5″ elastic each side – has any one made this if so did you find 5″ loops will fit most? Have lots to donate waiting on elastic.

    I appreciate all comments – thank you Debbie

  55. Linda Herrington

    I have just made my first mask and tried a cut down coffee filter inside, works great! I feel a bit like the Lone Ranger though lol. Though I’m self isolating I’ll make some more for my daughter and son-in-law. Thank you so much for sharing. We all need to help one another during this crisis. 🙂

  56. For those of you worried about the wire eroding…I just read the green floral wire is painted to prevent rusting.

  57. My first sewing project and it worked beautifully. I used pipe cleaner with the zig zag stitch and it seems to be fine. I used pieces of ribbon as I don’t know what nor do I have bias tape, I and will just tie them around my head/neck area.

  58. Geneva Schult

    FILTER: vacuum bags can have chemicals not good to breathe. I went to Lowe’s and bought one -VIRAL FILTERING 25x20x1 Filtrete 1900 air conditioning filter (the cardboard kind you put in home AC). Once wire & cardboard removed it folded out to 8′ long! It is polysterene, NOT fiberglass –I called company and asked. I ironed it mostly flat (with fabric between filter & iron to prevent melting). I inserted it into mask by making a third layer of just filter and sewing it like regular fabric. It is washable & reuseable, so permanently inserted. Cost $25 for 8′ x 20″ so very affordable.

    1. Exactly!!! I recently saw a post on this subject where the guy called various vacuum bag manufacturers asking if their bags would be safe for this use. Most said NO due to chemicals & unsafe fibers used. So think twice before using HEPA vacuum bags unless you check with the manufacture first.

  59. I bought some hair scrunchies (for thick hair) from amazon b/c elastic is hard to come by. Works well. Stitch one in each side seam.

  60. I made these masks for my co-workers to help us keep our masks on during the day. We wear Level 1 surgical masks but they gap quite a bit. These work great as a cover over our masks during the day to keep them in place! I don’t have bias tape so I made a binding out of material that we can tie. Now I just need to make us surgical caps. LOL Thank you so much for this pattern. Stay safe.

    1. When doing the zigzag stitch for the wire, wont you see that stitching from the outside of the mask once you flip it over?

  61. Charlene Ashton

    I sew a little “tunnel” along the top of the mask that I can push the floral wire into – and remove for washing. Just make sure that it’s wide enough to fit the “curl” of the wire. I sew one end closed so the wire won’t move. Since I’m not in the Medical Field (thank you everyone who is) I use a Swiffer Dry Mop sprayed with lemon juice and dry overnight as my filter.

  62. Thanks for this pattern (the tight fit one). It was the favorite mask of my cousin who is a surgical nurse because it covers a large area. I made a little adjustment. I added a 3rd layer. I sewed a 3.5″ felt casing (3 sides first) onto the middle layer and then slipped in a thicker wire and sewed the casing shut. By having the 2 felt strip casing, it made the wire feel like as if it were one flat cushiony wire.

    I also created another tutorial for absolute, extreme beginners. Those who don’t know what a seam allowance is or what right sides together mean or what a directional fabric, a fold, grain line, etc.. (I am a sewing teacher) I remember what it was like when I started sewing and most “easy” and “learn to sew” instructions aren’t easy to understand. I am not saying yours isn’t. I just broke it down and made it simpler for my students and FB followers. I credit your pattern so they know that it is your creation not mine. Thanks again.

  63. Thank you the pattern and step by step instructions. By far this was the best out there. I’m not a sewer but I was able to reproduce on (not nearly as pretty). I’m a healthcare worker and truly this has a nice fit, Pattern was amazing.

  64. Gary R Westling

    I can’t find the template on your site, the “patterns” heading just leads back to the description. Could you send me the link to the template page?

  65. Lisa Nakamura

    Thank YOU for sharing this pattern. Sites all over the internet are selling their patterns. Some comments above are so “nit picky,” improvise people; find something that works. Use pony tail rubberbands or whatever you an find in your home; if you don’t have a sewing machine, then do it by hand; if you don’t know how to sew, use two way poly web or whatever you have. Just be grateful that someone has so unselfishly shared a pattern. Stay in and stay safe.

  66. Christie Gosch

    Great mask and tutorial. May I suggest that instead of pinning the cords inside to the mask that you tape it. The pinning puts holes into the mask which defeats the purpose – you want it to be as sealed as possible.

  67. After reading many of the questions, I hope this will answer some and be a help. I am making these masks as they are much easier and less time consuming to construct construct than some of the others. I cut a 2″x6″ bias strip, fold/press short sides in about 1/4″; fold long sides in half, press/open, fold long sides to the center pressed line, press and sew all round except the folded edge to enclose. Fold completed piece in half to find the center, line up with the inside center point of the mask, pin in place and stitch the long sides only. This will create a channel to put in a removable wire etc. Also, I have used elastic hair ties instead of regular elastic.

    1. There’s a link to download the pattern as a .pdf file, it’s in big green letters and says “Click Here to Download the FREE Pattern” It’s just below the list for Cotton Face Mask Supplies, where the actual instructions begin.

  68. above all the comments is a link that gives you step by step directions so you won’t get all the pages in this post. Same for the pattern link. Thank you for sharing and the great video on U tube.

    1. under Close fitted cloth face mask.
      there is line, in green, that says:
      Click here to download the FREE pattern.

  69. Thank you for sharing you pattern.
    I am making then for my daughter to use at her hospital. she is issued one mask for 4 days. So your mask will fit over her cup mask. I modified it on the chin area to fully cover it but the top area fits perfectly.
    What gauge of florist wire did you use?

  70. Thank you very much for the procedure. With a few lookups, even as a person who has never used a sewing machine, I was able to complete this! I felt it was a little small for a man’s face, so might try 110% on the pdf for the next one, and 16-18 inch bias tape. Your procedure was clear and understandable, and I am appreciative.

  71. I have a question is seam allowance already included in pattern or do I have to add 3/8 to it and then cut it?

    Thank you

  72. Jean Jasinski

    I hate making bias tape like I hate wrapping presents. So I washed and cut up some of the mesh fabric tote bags they hand out at craft shows. I cut it 1″ wide and use it in place of bias tape. You cannot IRON the mesh fabric (ask me how I know this). It does not unravel and is strong enough to tie tightly. I also cut some to use as the holder for the nose piece and leave the ends open so I can remove the metal nose piece before washing. Washing in hot water and drying should be enough to kill the virus for home use. I wouldn’t use this workaround for masks which might be autoclaved in a hospital.

    For those who are having problems with loose sides, just sew in a small tuck on the side. For the novice sewer, just pinch the fabric and sew it down.

  73. I read a posting by a PhD Microbiologist (pathogen and air quality experience) and avid sewer and she suggested wrapping the wire with Duct Tape to help water proof it.

    She also suggested to use NON-WOVEN interfacing asa a THIRD layer for the mask … She says, “The idea is that the three layers of woven fabric are offset from one another causing air (when it migrates in or droplets when they migrate out) to not have a straight path. If you use NON-WOVEN interfacing even better because it is a complex matrix.”

    Here is what she wrote …
    …………..
    Couple of extra tips from a PhD Microbiologist (pathogen and air quality experience) and avid sewist. You can use fine men’s shirting or high thread count sheets for fabric. You can use a third layer of cotton fabric in center if you can’t access HEPA quality fabric. Also you could use a non woven interfacing for that interior layer. The idea is that the three layers of woven fabric are offset from one another causing air (when it migrates in or droplets when they migrate out) to not have a straight path. If you use non woven interfacing even better because it is a complex matrix. The entering particulates collide so to speak with the fibers and are captured. Also you can consider a synthetic fabric for the middle layer since many polyesters and nylon are charged and can better capture charged cells. Instead of the pony holders I’ve used fold over elastic about 28 inches long to bind each short side of the mask. This leaves stretchy tails for tying (makes it easier to fit) as you just zig zag across folded over elastic from one end to the other. Many have also used garbage bag wires and plastic floral stems for the nose piece, pipe cleaners, you can sandwich it in duct tape so it stays waterproof. I suggest inserting it into a 4” casing made with fold over elastic sewn to the lining side of the mask. This way you can reinsert new wire as needed. Lastly after you turn it

  74. FoodForThought

    Honestly, my bras have underwire and it takes along time before they begin to have issues. Not sure if there’s a difference or not but just something to think about.

  75. I love all the pattern options and plan to use the men’s size to make one for my hubby! I plan to use mine during allergy season like one of the other readers mentioned and also for when I’m working on craft projects where a dust mask is helpful, like sanding wood outside for projects. I used floral wire wrapped in electrical tape or painters tape as well as pipe cleaners and so far, they are holding up well to hot water washing. I can take them out and replace if needed, they are not sewn in, I made a chanel and slide them through.

  76. If you are on your phone, hold down on the download button, and it will bring up a spot to enter your name and email. Then the PDF is available to print off.

  77. Dianne Williams

    Buy solid core thermostat wire – cheap! It has 5 strands of copper encased wire and you just need one strand – 18 gauge. It’s perfect.

  78. I’ve been using pipe cleaners from the craft section bend in half and twisted tight .
    Bending over so no sharp edge. Sewn in a little pocket to make it removable b4 washing.

  79. Very frustrating. Can’t download pattern. Your masks look beautiful but need a pattern to make.
    Thanks anyway.

  80. Your pattern for scrub cap and face mask printed out great. When printing the instructions the diagrams or pictures printed but the written instructions in the pink areas did not print and are not readable. The writing should be black ink but instead printing white or very light blue? Can not read, what am I doing wrong?

  81. Thank you so much This is the best mask design I have made. It is snug, and does not cause fogging of my glasses. I have made 50 of these for my coworkers at the clinic I work. I did add a layer of polypropylene to have a water resistant barrier. again, thank you!!!

  82. These are becoming little fashion statements and the issue of the wire is ridiculous. The purpose of the mask is to keep YOU from being contagious to others. Practice good hygiene and distance. The wire is irrelevant. I know we are all trying to make the best of a bad situation. I’ve made myself a few out of denim which I embroidered, with a paper towel between layers. There is a spot on the side to replace the towel. I am a crafts person. Where are you getting supplies? Our stores are all closed.

    1. The wire is relevant. It fits the nose much better, especially those with glasses. For my husband and I, who wear glasses, the wire helps our glasses not fog up by fitting the face better.

    2. My supplies come from my closets, I always have few shirts, tee shirts or extra pillowcases I don’t use, and they are perfect since they have been washed many times already. I use non woven “row cover” from the garden/hardware shop to make filters from and I make them disposable. I use no wires .

  83. Do you really need to wash the mask in such hot water, when we are advised to wash hands in warm soapy water for 20s before touching our face? Reading the news article about how soap kills viruses, I thought soaking in soapy water for several minutes will be sufficient. And we don’t really need to use high heat on the mask to sterilize.

    1. Chanchal, my understanding (from a a nurse friend), is that if you make these and donate them to hospitals these masks have to be able to stand up to sterilization protocols using extreme heating (washing, drying, etc…) at the hospitals.
      I wash my personal masks at home on hot water and dry in a hot dryer.
      That’s just my personal preference.

  84. Hey Poppy!

    I love your patterns and have made several already, thank you! I see in the picture that you have made some for small children, do you have that pattern anywhere on the blog?

  85. Barbara J Battle

    Nite Ize makes an encased wire tie. It has a rubber outside and we use it a lot in tying up camping gear. They are sold online and at places like Home Depot and Lowe’s. The 6″ size works the best. But you can also make the mask so that the “wire” is removable.

  86. Hello,

    This fitted mask is the best pattern I have seen. However, I am not one who sews. Is there any way I can buy these masks from you, already made?

  87. i tried to locate the pattern instructions for the paracord fitted mask. i found 3 others but could not find the written as stated below your video. where can i locate the written instructions

  88. The comment regarding metal for forming is valid. An alternative iw to obtain a piece of pvc (gutter scraps) and cut them with scissors to approximately 1/4″ wide and 4-5″ long. They can be inserted just as the wires are. They can be formed in situ with a hair dryer or heat gun. Note: pvc can be formed and reformed at around 170 degrees, making it ideal for this application.
    Best wishes, stay safe and keep up the good work.

  89. I was wondering if you could advise how to make this fitted mask with a filter pocket. My mom is going to make them for me since I don’t have a sewing machine and it would be added protection to have the filter pocket. Thanks!

  90. Agreed… the fitted masks are great but I’m having trouble modifying it myself to include the pocket based on the pattern you posted. Please explain/talk through/add changes in if possible! Thanks!

  91. BEWARE: The patterns are NOT free. You are required to give your email address, and there seems to be no way to UNSUBSCRIBE. I felt tricked.

    1. The pattern IS free. There is a link above to download it. I downloaded it without a problem or a charge. Not sure where you are looking.

    2. You can use several things for the “wire” part. You can use a paper clip by straightening it out and clip it to the size you need. I also more often use the part of a folder that bends out to hold paper that has a hole in it. I ordered them from Amazon and they are called. ACCO fasteners. I cut off each end and that part is perfect. I use a small piece of ribbon to sew on the inside of the mask and slip the paper clip part or the fastener in it to make it more comfortable. The bendable nose piece whatever you use is necessary to get a close fit and keep air out.

  92. I use floral wire, I cut 2 pieces and place both of them close to each other and place the towards the top of electrical tape, then fold the tape up. Or you can place 2 pieces of wire on one piece of tape add your wire and then put another piece of tape to cover the wires.

  93. leslie H catalanotto

    hi. thank you for the tutorials. I would like to know if you have an age range for the different sizes?
    toddler: 2-5?
    child?
    teen?

  94. I would love to know where you purchase your fabric. The colors in the top photo are amazing. Never seen fabric like that anywhere.

  95. Thank you very much for this great pattern! I found out that some of the elastic tie lengths were a bit long at 5″, and I shortened them to 4.5″ – but it’s worth to try out, and then adjust it according to what works with the type of elastic you have.

  96. Thank you for posting this pattern! It is my favorite one. I was trying to watch the YouTube tutorial you have for this similar pattern but with a filter pocket. I was just wondering how do I keep the opening for the filter to not fray? I’m using cheep white muslin fabric for that part and it tends to fray if I don’t fold it over to sew it shut. I was adding my own before you put up your version which looks way better than mine. Can you please do a more detailed version of video for that style or at least the typing instructions. Thanks you are so awesome for doing this.

  97. I love this but I can’t seem to get the one you can copy the svg mask I have the written break down but can’t get the one you can trace your material with

  98. Danielle Sparks

    Best pattern yet. I have tried 3 patterns before this one. This is the best fit. Made the X large one for my husband and fits perfect. The regular Adult one for me and it fits perfect. I even left a side open to insert a filter. Thank you so much.

  99. Thank you very much! I downloaded the pattern a couple of weeks ago, and you’ve now updated it for multiple sizes. I’ve been able to get into my scrap bag, so everyone has a mask they can live with, and—in my daughters’ cases—make a statement. Now my teenage daughter wants to make some more. I use a double layer of fusible interfacing on the inside for filters. So far, the ones I made have held up well. Thank you, again.

  100. I have some nose bridge strips arriving today. Has anyone used these on this mask? Any suggestions on how to secure one into this mask? When I ordered them I had planned on putting them on the standard rectangle size masks, but now I’d like to use them on this style too.

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  103. On the pattern I downloaded and printed (thank you for that!), is the 3/8″ seam allowance already built in (so, cut on the line, and sew 3/8″ inside of it)? Or, is this the finished shape and I need to add my own 3/8″ around the drawn line? TIA.

  104. The pdf download is only 2 pages of instructions! I feel duped, like I was tricked into signing up for something under false pretenses. I’m not the first person to comment about this, so I hope it get rectified soon! I’m very disappointed

  105. I printed off and made the V1 mask (adult size), which fits very well – no gapping at the sides, and with a nosewire fits closely all along the top too – thank you. But an important question – the V2 pattern is for an adult with a SMALLER chin and profle than the V1 – but the pattern is bigger! Have these been swopped around by mistake??? Please answer!

  106. I’ve been making these masks with elastic that loops around the ears. They fit great when I put them on and use the nose wire to pinch around the nose but when I start speaking, the mask slips down off my nose. It seems that my chin (because the fit is snug around the chin) is dragging the mask down off my nose. What can I do about that? My daughter is having the same issue. Any tips would be great!

  107. I love the original pattern you offered for this mask and am wondering if it’s still available somewhere? None of the options on the newer pattern is the same as the first one.

    Thank you for your consideration 🙂

  108. Thank you for posting this tutorial. It’s been a challenge to find masks that fit and I’m not a confident sewer. But these steps seem manageable and I think I could give it a shot! Thanks for sharing this!

  109. Thanks for the tutorials. I’ve made a few hundred of your face masks and a dozen scrub caps and this pattern is my favorite face mask pattern. Fits great, looks great and is comfortable to wear. I love all your patterns!

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