How to sew a surgical mask

How to Sew a Surgical Face Mask

Learn How to Easily Sew a Surgical Face Mask With This Step-By-Step Tutorial With Video

Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. For those of us who sew, we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!

In times of emergency, the CDC allows fabric masks to be used when a shortage takes place. You can read more from the CDC on this subject here.

In this tutorial, we will be sewing a standard face mask with elastic ear hooks.

Don’t forget to join my face mask Facebook group where you can show us what you’re making, ask questions, and learn from others! Follow me on Instagram for daily crafting inspiration and a look behind the scenes.

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Homemade face masks can be donated to be used in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and retirement homes. This relieves the strain of a mask shortage and allows N95 masks to be used for COVID-19 and critical situations requiring PPE.

Get the tutorial for my Bias Tape Tie Face Mask with Flexible Nose Piece here!

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Get the tutorial & FREE pattern for my Fitted Face Mask with a flexible nose here.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Get the matching Scrub Cap FREE Pattern here!

While wearing a homemade face mask will not prevent someone from catching Covid-19, it can decrease the spread of large particles when someone sneezes. It can be used in cases of the flu, cold and other airborne illnesses. Just a reminder that these masks should only be worn if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

All face masks should be washed and sterilized before use and cleaned again after becoming damp or moist. Color-safe bleach like Clorox 2 or Purex 2 can be used to sanitize with hot water.


Begin by cutting your fabric using the chart below for the correct measurements.

Supplies Needed for your Surgical Face Mask

Can’t find elastic? Here are a few options to use instead.

Cut a ponytail in half, use an elastic headband from the dollar store, cut open a bungee cord to find multiple pieces of elastic.

Surgical Face Mask Cutting Chart

Quilting (Tightly Woven) Cotton 2 Layers:

Adult: 9″ x 7″ Child: 7″ x 5″

1/4” Elastic 2 Strips: 

Adult:7” Child: 6”

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 1. Pin Elastic

Place one piece of fabric in front of you. Pin a piece of elastic on the top and bottom of the short end to create an ear loop. The elastic should be placed 1/2 “ from the top and bottom edge of the fabric. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 2. Pin Fabric

Place the second piece of fabric on top with right sides facing each other.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 3. Sew your Surgical Face Mask

Starting at the corner. Sew around the face mask making sure to backstitch over the elastic to lock the stitches in place. Leave a 1 1/2” opening along the bottom of the mask for turning.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 4. Turn

Turn the mask right side out and use an iron to press it flat.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 5. Press

Create three pintucks markings by folding the mask in half and pressing it with an iron and then folding the outside edges to the center and pressing again.

how to sew a surgical face mask, a tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 6. Create Pin Tucks for your Surgical Face Mask

Open up the mask and create 1/2” folds facing upwards. Pin the fold in place making sure all tucks are facing the same direction.

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Step 7. Topstitch your Surgical Face Mask

Sew along the outside of the entire mask using a 3/8ths inch seam allowance.

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Contact your local hospital, doctor’s office or retirement home to see if they are in need of face masks before dropping them off.

Don’t forget to join my face mask Facebook group where you can show us what you’re making, ask questions, and learn from others! Follow me on Instagram for daily crafting inspiration and a look behind the scenes.

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  1. Hi this is great! I couldnt find the pattern though and couldnt download the printable versión. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Right under the fourth picture from the top.

      • B glasscock

        I found that twist ties places in the upper part of the mask before closing will allow you to be able to bend it around your nose. I place it in and sew another row to form a pocket for it to sit in.

        • Anyone having trouble getting elastic… Try using the elastic from your fitted bed sheets… There is quite a bit of useable elastic right there

          • I am from Texas they hold the elastic behind counter at Walmart and one per person. You need to ask the lady who cuts the fabric. I got some on Sunday 4-5-2020.

    • Paola there is no pattern she has the cutting chart with the dimensions.

      • Thank you for this patter. My Daughter in Law is an emergency vet tech and they are in critical need. They will protect both people and animals.

    • If you are looking for 1/4″ elastic, I found some on eBay today Sunday March 22, 2020. Joanne, Hobby Lobby & Michael’s are all out in store locally and on line. (Locally I’m near Atlanta, GA)

  2. Should I wash the masks after sewing before donating?

    • Kimberly Coffin

      The masks will be sanitized at the hospital before being put into use.

      • Is there something we can insert for a filter?

        • My husband is a physician—he said to use polypropylene (it’s what a lot of reusable grocery bags are made out of) and it’s an effective filter. I’m going to cut and sew a piece of that in the middle of the two pieces of fabric.

          • Thanks for sharing that information Brandi. I have some of those bags and will add those in the middle too.

          • You can’t use polypropylene sheet for that: it’s not breatheable. That’s why you have to keep shopping bags away from babies, so they don’t suffocate. The filter material your husband would be referring to is called “non-woven polypropylene”, “melt-blown polypropylene”, or just “blown polypropylene”. It’s a kind of non-woven cloth made from matted-together FIBERS (not sheets) of polypropylene.

          • Brandi – Would you think the pattern using the elastic ear piece or the ties would work best over the N95 mask?

        • Some are using 911 Pelon.(feather weight/fusible) An acceptable combo of wearability/breathability and effectiveness. For those making an Olsen mask, it is ironed onto inside of both layers, so it’s 2 ply filtering.

        • Meant to include this link. They really put a lot of research into this. Includes a downloadable list of acceptable interfacings. Many of the materials folks are using are selling out so one of their videos explore substitutions… perhaps not the best options but better than nothing. The are getting tons of requests from facilities in their region (South central Washington.)

      • Thanks for this tutorial. Yes, we can all do our part in this time of need. I shared it on my page at it is a healthy living website in line with helping and empowering everyone especially at this crucial time in our lives.

    • I was told the pattern was placed in the trash by the owner of the document. Maybe it got moved there by acident?

  3. Mary Lou Nelson

    I am washing my fabric before sewing to allow for any shrinkage of the fabric.
    Thank you the directions!
    Stay strong, we will win!!

    • Kimberly Coffin

      Thank you for your help in sewing these masks!!

      • Hayley Tolley

        I found that you can cut 1.5-2 inch thick rounds of nylon panty hose and use for the ear straps and they are much softer and roll when you stretch them…they are easier around the ears for longer wear. I also have learned that you can use vacuum bags as filters and they are breathable.

  4. Is there anything that we may have at home that we can repurpose into mask material?

    • Anything cotton would probably work. Tea Towels, for example.
      Men’s dress shirts tend to be cotton as well.

    • Use the tightest weave fabric you have. Hold it up to the light. See all those spaces between the weave? Picture a microscope piece of virus. So no loose weave fabrics.

    • Karen Banik

      Sheets and pillow cases. I read T-shirt material.

      • Karen Banik

        Another tip. They need to know which side it out, and the tutorial is using the same material, right sides out so you can’t tell back from front. I am using muslin on the inside. (I may rethink this if it is too porous). Or, you can use two different materials, so it is reversible, once it is washed, but this way, on a given day, they would know which pattern is outside.

  5. Good question. I have so much left over fabric. Can anything besides plain cotton be used or can we cut shirts,etc. as a source.

    • Laurie A. Barbosa

      I only have 5/8 in foldable elastic, anyone use that and had good results? Stores are wiped out of the 1/4 in non roll elastic. Thnx. xx

      • Darla E Shepherd

        I went to the dollar store and bought the elastic head bands.Just cut to size and they will work great.

      • Karen Banik

        I ordered a roll of 100 ft of 1/8 inch bungee cord from Home Depot. Is taking 5 days to come in.

      • Debbie Woollet

        I tried 1/2″ elastic and it did not work! Too hard to get that width around your ears.

        • Diane Bianchi

          I have not tried this, but garment sewers have said in the past to cut the wider elastic down the middle to the size that you need. Ex: 1/2 inch elastic cut down the middle equals two long pieces of 1/4 inch elastic. Hope this helps!

      • Judy Johnson

        Make some ties. Cut strips 1 1/2″ x 18″ Fold in half, press, open, fold down from each side and press again. Sew closed

  6. All I have is great hotel sheets that I can use. Is 60% cotton 40% polyester. Is that ok for masks or do they have to be 100% cotton?

  7. Anna Smith

    I can’t find printable pattern

  8. Anna Smith

    where is the link for printable pattern

  9. Jennie S Woods

    I cannot find the pattern either. The provided PDF is only 1 page and it is just the tutorial. I so much appreciate your information, and we want to start today, so can you please provide the pattern pdf?

    • Kimberly Coffin

      The download is just a printable tutorial. the pattern peice can be cut from a peice of paper or cardstock. The measurements are 9″ x 7″. 🙂

  10. How do we determine if our cotton is “tightly woven” enough?

    • Kimberly Coffin

      Can you see through the cotton? If a cotton fabric is very thin and easy to see through I would try to use something a bit thicker if you can.

  11. Kathye Michaelis

    When I attempt to download the instructions my computer deletes the file saying that it has a virus.

  12. really wish i could find the download.its nice

  13. Leslie Palenica

    What is the seam allowance? 5/8 or 1/2?

  14. I tried to download but says it been trashed by the owner.

  15. I don’t see where or when to close up the mask (2″ for turning inside out)

    • When you turn the piece right side out tuck in the opening’s seam allowance. Press it lightly. It will be closed when you top stitch.

    • When you sew it all around the outside after turning and after you pin the pleats that closes up the 2 inch opening

  16. Mine came out too big using 9×7. I’ve seen other patterns that use 9×6. I’m going to try 8×6.

  17. Thank you so much for this! I’m going to be making some for my nurse friends and then maybe also for our local hospitals.

  18. For step 3 what is the seam allowance? Thank you!

  19. Joyce Kropewnicki

    Thank you for the pattern. Much appreciated. I going to make some now.

  20. Thank you so much for this pattern. I have lots of scrap fabric I can use. I also want to make masks for babies. What size do u think I should cut the squares and elastics. I think I will use 1/8” width for babies. What do u think?

    • Dawn, babies could suffocate wearing anything over their nose and mouth. I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

    • good luck on that one, weather or not a mask should or shouldn’t be used on a baby, any child who is unwilling to will not wear it. My 4 year old will wear it but my 3 year old just wants to eat it. Try keeping a hat on a toddler you get the same results. Any child younger than 3 really is a waste of time and energy in my opinion, as a mother of 4. good luck with your attempt.

    • I was asked to make for a medically complex baby who will have frequent hospital visits. Wondering what size to cut

  21. Maureen Thomas

    Thanks for the tutorial! My local hobby Lobby store is out of 1/4″ elastic so I am substituting thin elastic headbands cut to size that I found at the dollar store. They work beautifully. Another tip is that the fabric should be 100% cotton and the fabric should be prewashed with dye free and fragrance free detergent.Let’s save the world, one mask at a time!

  22. A grateful citizen

    Thanks so much for putting this together!!
    A nurse friend said seven-inch elastic was a little loose, thought six-inch would fix more snugly. Perhaps make some 7” and mark LG ADULT and some 6” and mark MED-LG ADULT.

  23. What about leaving a pocket you could slip a piece of vacuum cleaner bag material inside?

  24. This is a fantastic design. Thank you so much.

  25. You do not need a pattern. It’s a 7″ X 9″ rectangle.
    For fabric, use material from clothing, like men’s cotton t-shirts, women’s cotton nightgown, woven shirts and blouses, as long as they are 100% cotton, is fine, as long as they have a tight weave. (Cotton gauze might not be so good) If you have a cotton blend, I’m not sure; best to be primarily cotton.

  26. What can I use to make nose area fit snug with bendable metal or something

  27. Can I use 3/8 inch elastic? I have rhat

  28. Can I use 3/8 inch elastic? I have that.

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  30. What is the length of the elastic to be cut? And the length of the ties, in case we can’t find elastic?

  31. Hi your mask is good . but do you know how to make mask with filter ? Here you are also you can find a mask pattern

  32. what length elastic for a childs mask?

  33. I am making these for my Daughter in Law, she is an emergency vet tech and they are low on supplies. They are hoping to get something soon. I hope these will help them out. Thank you for your directions and allowing to help out people and animals.

  34. what is the length of the bias if you are making them so they can be tied…

  35. The printable version is not really in the trash. Don’t click where it says “click here” just click on the link below that.

  36. Back layer can be non woven interfacing…then you can use any material for the top.

  37. the printed directions say to fold mask into thirds, yet the video says 4ths. From the video and the pictures, I can tell it is 4th, but that could lead to confusion in other users. Thank you for showing how to fold and do the pleats so clearly. I’ve looked at other patterns out there, and they all just say “make pleats” but very little direction. I will try this pattern tomorrow.

  38. Thank you for clear directions and a wonderful video. I’m making these today for family, friends, etc. 🙂

  39. Sylvia A Magallanes

    Thank you for sharing your talent and free pattern. It is easy to follow. Had no trouble printing the colorful instructions. Starting make them for family and friends in need. Also watching your tutorial makes it even easier to follow. God Bless, stay safe.

  40. Jane Beach

    I have seen masks using bias tape. Cut length should be about 34 inches and then sewn along the sides, over the pleats. The pattern was put out by health officials in Cuba and I had to convert from cm to inches. Try one before making a bunch as I haven’t made one yet!

  41. Kathy Ellwood

    I only had 1 inch wide elastic, so cut it in
    1/4 to 1/8 inch strips which is more comfortable around the ears. The pattern on the elastic had multiple straight lines.
    I cut carefully so each cut strip had 2 or three straight lines intact for keeping the stretch and rebound integrity in tack. I checked the stretch 25 x and it seemed to remain the same measured lengthy and without fraying. Yay!

  42. PIN TUCKS: the pattern says to fold mask into thirds BUT the video says Fold into FOURTHS. I’m a beginner so I was confused by the pattern until I found the video so I thought I’d let you know. 😉

  43. I am also making the bias masks when I can find materials for either. I am using my high thread count sheets as material. The tighter the better and over 50 per king size flat sheet.

    What would be the best way to get the wire in the elastic version? I am also trying to use my serger to speed things up and don’t wan to break too many needles!

  44. Several of us want to know how to make the ties if we do not have elastic available — the picture does not give dimensions or directions for making using strips of fabric instead of elastic. Given the difficulty of finding elastic, fabric ties could be an easy alternative. Thanks.

    • Karen Banik

      Use bias tape. Instructions I had read used 1/4 inch, but 1/2 inch might be easier. They used one long strip each across top and bottom. They stitch the 2 sides, turned inside out, pressed, then stitched the open bias tape along the top edge, folded it over on the original creases, then stitched in place. They said to use floral wire. That was 26 gauge–I bought 20 gauge and it works fine.

    • There is a tutorial for ties on this same website.

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  46. Sharon Clement

    Thank you so much for the pattern. Making them for nursing homes our daughter-in-law manages.

  47. I love your tutorial and a group of us are sewing masks for local hospitals and medical professionals – primarily the NICU staff, as we make tiny shirts for the NICU babies to wear. I like your explaination of how the mask is to be used, cared for, etc. May i have your permission to quote that and put it in with our masks, giving you credit along with a link to your web site please?

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  49. These seem large around the ears is that how they should be?

  50. Just a quick bit of info: some of the healthcare providers are using these to place over their N95 masks to quickly change when going to the next patient. The extra length in elastic helps so it doesn’t get too tight.

  51. If one adjusts the pattern a little, you can use large ponytail elastic to go over the ears. I would recommend making a larger size for men, as those don’t stretch as nice as regular elastic.

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  53. Suzanne Godwin

    Can you make it clearer in the instructions that you need to attach the elastic to the right side of the fabric? Some of us need all the help we can get.😃

  54. I really like the shape of your face mask but can’t get it to print to scale. My printer doesn’t reduce and I don’t want to go to Office Depot unnecessarily right now. Have you ever considered adjustments to make it print at scale? I’d say the printed version from the PDF is at least 10% too large. And the colored pattern prints WAY too large.

  55. This is a great pattern. Thank you very much for putting it out here!!! The 7 inch elastic made the mask a little loose on myself and my daughter (a nurse). I cut the elastic 6.5 inches and I thought it worked better. I also cut the fabric pieces 9 by 6.5. It took a couple of tries to get it right, but I am very pleased with the result. I added a twist tie for the nose area. After step 3 (where you sew around the fabric but leave the 1 1/2 inch opening at the bottom) I put the twist tie in the top of the mask (opposite the bottom opening) in the seam allowance between the two pieces of fabric. I pinned it and then just stitched right over it. Then when I flipped it right side out in step 4, it is nicely sandwiched in there, and still works great. I am using 3/8 inch elastic, because that is all I had and it is working great! As with a lot of patterns, this is a fantastic guideline. I always make one as instructed and then make adjustments that work for the ones I am making it for when I make the next one.

  56. If making masks for children, do you adjust the length of elastic or still use 7″? Making these for local hospital. Thanks for sharing this easy pattern.

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  58. Thank you for sharing how to make these masks. I truly appreciate it!

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  60. I cut the elastic into 1/4 in. strips. I did and it seems to work fine.

  61. Marilyn Roach

    I just want to be able to print the three patterns out! I have wasted all night trying to find the print button. Don’t need written instructions when there is a video. I especially want to make the one with the pocket for the filter please. Video and designs are fabulous just make it easier!

  62. I would like a pdf pattern for the fitted mask, but cannot find it, just the pleated mask. Please advise

  63. Annette Hodges

    Firstly thank you for you time and effort and making these patterns and tutorials available. I was wondering if you had a pattern for the shaped mask? I haven’t been able to find it. Thanks in advance.

  64. Annette Hodges

    Please disregard my previous message, I found it lol. Here’s the link for anyone else looking–bY0SLP384xFlXv/view
    Once again thank you.

  65. Della Richardson

    I am making these mask but I am adding a 4.5 x 7 inch piece of medium or heavy sew in interfacing down the middle for a filter. Just put the interfacing in the middle of either the front or back piece and sew down each side. Continue with the instructions printed.

  66. I like this pattern’s simplicity but am having trouble (as others) sourcing supplies. I’ve decided to modify the elastic version with tie strings, so instead of 14″ of elastic per mask, I’ll use four ties made of the fabric, approximately 15″ long each. Using 45″ fabric, I’ll get six rectangles of 7″ x 9″ and six 1″ strips for the ties, so I’ll be able to make three masks out of 1/2 yard of fabric.

  67. What about just serging around the mask?

  68. Would love to see an alternative for elastic or bias tape as JoAnn’s is out of these presently, and Amazon doesn’t have them being shipped til May or even June. I am a novice, so any help with this is appreciated!

    • Gail Johnson

      You can make ties from fabric cut 1″ x 36″. Fold the long sides into the middle, then fold down the middle and topstitch along the open side. Tie a know in each short end. Then fold it in the center, match the center to the centers on each short end of the mash, and top stitch it onto the mask on each side.

  69. Lorena Bradshaw

    Pattern for smaller …kids please

  70. For bias tape that runs across the entire top of the mask and a second one across the bottom, cut it at 40″ and center it over the center of the mask. Be sure to use double-fold 1/2″ bias tape — the single fold is pretty thin and may not hold up. If you want to have a bendy part at the nose, you can use floral wire. Thank you for helping our health care workers!!!

  71. I starting using cut rubber bands as the ear pieces. (“OfficeDepot: size 33 rubber bands. 3 1/2in x 1/8 in. 1/4 lb. net wt..”) I cut them in half, lined the ends paralell on a strip of thin backing material, and sewed across, to give them grip and help the needle smoothly go through them. Then, I placed them on the corners….like this pattern, as the elastic was placed.

  72. Where is the pattern for the contoured mask? I’ve been up and down the website for half an hour and can’t find it.

  73. Fuzzy pipe cleaners work for the top to form a close fit over the nose. $Tree has pkg of 45.

  74. Carol Taylor

    Elastic – some brands of wider elastic can be cut into narrower widths.If you do not cut straight on the ribbed line it might ravel just to next section. I have 3 different widths here at home that can be cut down and another type that would only work if was surged.Wider elastic is easier to come by right down because of demand.
    Pelon works as liner of masks and some say it can make mask almost as protective as an n95 especially when using the curved style mask that covers side of face better.

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  76. Would a soft thin interlining be suitable for making face masks?

    • Julie Anderson

      Because there is no 1/4” elastic to be found, I’m going to try this with elastic pony-tail holders! I’ll just need to make the mask a little longer so the pony-tail holder can reach the ear. I hope this works! My boss just asked me to make 180 masks for our residential treatment center! 😳

  77. I can’t believe the useless questions that people are asking this is not rocket science cut a 9 x 7 pieces of fabric two times so I’m together with some elastic on it Easy peasy And pleat it by ironing it

  78. I’ve had good luck posting a request for 1/4″ and 1/2″ elastic on NextDoor Neighbor. I cut the 1/2″ elastic in half.

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  80. Seems like a disconnect between Step 5 & Step 6. For beginners, this would be confusing. Also says fold up, but picture folds are down. Otherwise, good directions. Thank you

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  82. I saw a comment on Facebook from a nurse requesting that the inside and outside fabric be different. That way if they take it off, they can easily see what side was facing the patient (contaminated). Should be an easy way to make things easier for them!

  83. Sue, an experienced seamstress knows that, but many people are beginning to do this for very first time, because they want to be helpful. I know impatience would thwart me if I were beginning something new that others are obviously adept at. I hope we can continue to be kind in this time of stressful uncertainty. Be well. 🙂

  84. I saw another piece asking for stretchy headbands with buttons sewn on above where the ears go so the mask straps or elastic can be strung around the buttons since the nurses’ ears are getting raw from the elastic. Those might be a nice addition to make and donate too.


    Is this washable? Is it sewn in or placed inside the mask as a filter?

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  87. I love the more fitted version – fabulous!’ Thank you so much for all the work you’ve done 🙂

    Has anyone had luck downsizing it to use for a child? I’d like to make one for my 3 year old granddaughter

  88. Thanks for this tutorial! It was super easy to follow and I had two done in no time!

  89. How long should the elastic band be?

  90. Never mind my previous question. I re-read above and realized I missed it!

  91. What about putting a piece of washable microfiber dusting cloth in between layers? I read microfiber is good to use but idk if a dust cloth is the same. Does it matter as long as it’s washable? Thanks for all the help. I am a beginner in making these and haven’t seen on a machine in many many years.

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  93. Does the wire rust after washing?

  94. Jo Anne Baker

    pipe cleaners can be used rather than floral wire.

  95. If you have trouble finding narrow elastic, you can split wider braided elastic into narrower lengths. I am not sure if the “no roll” type would do this, but worth a try. I have had success cutting the correct length first, and then using a rotary cutter and a see-through ruler to cut that length into one or more narrower pieces. I’m starting with 3/8″ width, so only cutting that in half.

  96. Anne-Marie Buscio

    Hi Kimberly, Just wanted you to know that I translated your instructions in French for Québec Canada and posting it out there for us to make masks. We are putting a link to your website. Thank you so much for the pattern! For our American neighbours keep safe! We love you!

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  98. For everyone having trouble finding elastic, I just ordered a roll of 200 yards of 1/4 in for $14.99 and free shipping!!! Not sure how long it will take, but free is free!

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  100. Dear Kimberly, thanks for this really helpful blog. I have made a version of your surgical mask, but I made the mask from pieces of 14”x9” cotton folded in half (to get to 9×7) This reduces the side seams to 3 and makes it easier to see the top of the mask as there’s no seam at the top! i’ve interfaced them with a 9×7 piece of iron on interfacing. I then stitched casings at the top and bottom and put in the tucks. I’m using single cord elastic- (don’t ask why I had a load of this, I can’t remember!🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️😂) two 20” pieces of the elastic is threaded through, top and bottom and then each tied at the back of the head, so that it keeps the top and bottom of the mask taut without putting too much stress on the face. I’m sure you can explain this much better than I’ve done. Anyway, thanks for sharing this lovely idea, I have forwarded the link to your blog to as many people as I can. Stay well and stay safe

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  102. Nancy Moore

    Thank you for this! I’ve added some florist wire – a long piece folded back and forth like 4 times (fold those sharp ends in too!) to end up with a 5″ length – and stuck it in between the edge and the top-stitching using that 2″ gap you used to turn the mask right side out. Then I hand-sew that closed. Now my son and DIL (both RNs) have 2 masks to use per shift and they can just toss them in the washer along with their scrubs when they get home and all gets sanitized at the same time.

  103. Joyce Sykes RN

    Thank you Sweetredpoppy for your instructions and videos !! Very easy to follow ! God Bless !

  104. The best out all very clear at a speed everyone can learn n make a face mask! Thank you so much. Sending love, Take care and stay safe everyone
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