FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask

Learn How to Sew a Scarf Face Mask With a Filter Pocket, Nose Bridge Pocket Two Different Ways.

I’m so excited to be sharing this beautiful and stylish face mask with you! Many of you requested this tutorial so that you could easily wear a mask that doubled as a stylish accessory. It can easily be tucked under the scarf when it’s not in use.

Currently, it is recommended by the CDC that anyone over the age of 2 wear a cloth face mask or covering when leaving the home. This is a simple, yet effective way that we can prevent and slow the transmission of illnesses within our communities.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

To wear this mask, simply tie it behind your neck. Tuck the mask inside of the scarf while it’s not in use. When you’re ready to wear it, untuck it!

This pattern is available is 5 different sizes including Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult and Large Adult. I’ have also included information on how to make this mask using two of our most popular masks; the Fitted Face Mask or the Pleated Face Mask. Select your size and desired style before you begin.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

RECOMMENDED FABRICS FOR YOUR SCARF FACE MASK:

I recommend using a Rayon Challis fabric for this tutorial. This is a lightweight, breathable fabric that is soft and has a liquid drape to it. 

Other suitable fabrics for this project are silk, voile, linen, chambray and chiffon.

Tips for working with Rayon Challis

  • Press with medium heat. Too much heat can cause the fabric to become shiny.
  • Spray the fabric with starch to give it more stability and prevent it from shifting.
  • Use a brand new needle to prevent pulls in the fabric.
  • Prewash the fabric before sewing as it may shrink slightly.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

I wouldn’t recommend tucking the mask back into the scarf after you’ve worn it out in public. This is to prevent spreading anything your mask has come into contact with from spreading onto your neck, mouth, or chest.

DOWNLOAD THE SCARF MASK SEWING PATTERN HERE

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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.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

FITTED SCARF FACE MASK TUTORIAL

(SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PLEATED VERSION)

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

STEP 1. PRINT THE FITTED SCARF FACE MASK SEWING PATTERN

Begin by downloading the pattern to your desktop. Open the download, and print at 100% with no scaling. Immediately measure the 1″x1″ square to make sure the pattern has printed off correctly. Tape or glue the pattern together and cut out each pattern piece. Align the black lines and pink stars.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

STEP 2: CUT OUT MAIN, LINING, CASING, & TIE FABRIC FOR SCARF FACE MASK

Select your desired size and cut out the mask pattern pieces. If you plan on cutting out multiple masks, you can cut the template out of something sturdier like a cereal box or cardstock. I recommend using a quilting cotton for the lining of the mask.

Lay the fabric out in front of you. Cut out a mirrored set of fabric from your main mask and for your lining. Cut out 1 large square piece of fabric for the mask using the pattern piece and cut a nose filter pocket as well.

Cut a 1″ wide strip of t-shirt material to create the tie. Stretch the t-shirt material out.

You should have two main mask pieces, two lining mask pieces, a t-shirt tie, scarf and a casing.

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STEP 3. PRESS AND SEW SCARF FACE MASK CASINGS

Press the scarf under 3/8” and press. Turn under an additional 3/8” and press again. Sew around the entire scarf along the edge of the fold.

Take the main mask fabric and press the short edge under 1/4″ and press. Fold under an additional 5/8″ and press. Do not sew the tab.

Take the lining fabric and press under 1/2″. Sew 1/4″ from the folded edge. When placed together the main and lining folded tabs should meet each other.

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STEP 4. SEW MAIN MASK AND LINING FABRICS TOGETHER

Place the main mask pieces right sides together and pin. Repeat with the lining.

Sew the main and lining along the curved edge using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Use a pair of pinking shears to trim away the seam allowance.

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Open the masks and press the seam allowance to the left. If you have a pressing ham it’s helpful to use this. 

Press the nose piece casing 3/8″ under on one long side and both short sides.

Align the raw edges of the casing with the raw edge of the lining (wrong side of casing facing the right side of mask) and pin it into place.

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Place the main mask on top of the lining with the right sides together and pin. Sew around the entire mask, making sure the main fabric extended tabs are unfolded and remain unsewn.

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STEP 5. MASK RIGHT SIDE OUT & TOPSTITCH

Turn the mask right side out. Roll out the seams and press with plenty of steam.

Create the casing by folding in the extended tab. Sew along the innermost fold to secure the casing in place.

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STEP 6. HEM SCARF AND ATTACH TO MASK

Sew around the entire scarf with a double rolled hem. Fold the scarf in half and mark the center point of the scarf. Lightly press the middle of the scarf to mark it. Align the mask with the scarf and sew along the edge of the mask to connect it. Do NOT sew over the casing!

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.
FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

STEP 7. THREAD STRAP THROUGH CASING OF YOUR SCARF FACE MASK

NOSEPIECE – Cut a piece of wire floral wire slightly larger than the length of the casing. Turn the sharp edges inward on both sides. Insert the floral wire into the casing. Use a metal nose bridge if preferred. The casing allows it to be easily removed before washing the mask to prevent damage or rusting.

You can create the ear loops a few different ways. 

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

TIES – First off, you can create a T-shirt casing that goes around the head. To do this, cut a length of knit fabric or a t-shirt 1/2″ wide by 35″ long. You can adjust this measurement as needed.

Attach a safety pin to the t-shirt tie and feed it upwards through the right-hand casing and downwards through the left-hand casing. The tie can be adjusted once it is placed on the wearer for a better fit and tied at the base of the neck.

You can also create adjustable ear loops using pony beads. To do this, feed the knit tie through the casing. Bend a piece of wire in half and slide the pony bead onto the wire. Slide both ends of the knit tie in between the wire, pull the wire to feed the bead onto the ties. Now you can adjust the ear tie using the pony bead.

FILTER – A filter can be slid into the mask through the openings on either side. Attach a safety pin to the side of the filter to help feed it through the mask.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

PLEATED SACRF FACE MASK SEWING TUTORIAL

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

STEP 1. PRINT THE PLEATED FACE MASK SCARF SEWING PATTERN

Begin by downloading the pattern to your desktop. Open the download, and print at 100% with no scaling. Immediately measure the 1″x1″ square to make sure the pattern has printed off correctly. Tape or glue the pattern together and cut out each pattern piece. Align the black lines and pink stars.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

Select your desired size and cut out the mask pattern pieces. If you plan on cutting out multiple masks, you can cut the template out of something sturdier like a cereal box or cardstock. I recommend using a quilting cotton for the lining of the mask.

STEP 2. CUT MAIN MASK, LINING, SCARF, NOSE FILTER, & TIES

Lay the fabric out in front of you. Cut out 1 fabric for the main mask and two fabrics for the lining of the mask. Cut out 1 large square piece of fabric for the mask using the pattern piece and cut a nose filter pocket as well. Cut out

EAR ELASTIC –

Cut 1/4″ elastic to the following lengths for each size. 5.5″ Toddler, 6″ Child, 7″ Teen, 8” Adult, 9” Large Adult. This measurement may need to be lengthen or shortened based on the quality and stretch of your elastic.

KNIT TIES- Adjustable with Pony Beads Cut 4 – 10″. Around the head 30″-35″.

You should have one main mask piece, two lining mask pieces, a t-shirt tie, scarf and a casing.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

STEP 3: SEW FILTER POCKET & NOSE BRIDGE CASING

FILTER POCKET – Place the two pieces of lining fabric right sides together. Save the third piece of fabric for the next step.

Place a pin in each corner of the rectangle and horizontally mark the center of the rectangle. I like to do this by pressing the fabric in half.

Sew a straight horizontal line leaving a 2-3″ opening in the middle.

Grab both top corners of the top fabric only and pull them downwards to meet the bottom. Flip mask over and this time grab the bottom two corners of the top fabric and lift them up to meet the top.

Press seams with an iron. A filter can easily be slid into this pocket at the end of the tutorial.

NOSE BRIDGE – Iron the bottom and sides of the nose bridge by turning them under 3/8”

Place the nose bridge casing with the right side facing upwards and sew along the bottom edge. 

Place the main piece of fabric in front of you. Pin a piece of elastic or knit ties on the top and bottom of the short end to create an ear loop. It should be placed 1/2 “ from the top and bottom edge of the fabric. 

Place the last rectangle on top of the lining with right sides facing each other. Sew around the entire face mask  3/8ths inch seam allowance.

STEP 4: TURN AND PRESS MASK

Turn the mask right side out through the filter pocket and use an iron to press it flat. You can use a needle and thread to gently wiggle the corners out or a turning tool

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Lay the mask out in front of you. Create the pleat markings by folding the outside edges to the center and pressing. Create the pleat by folding the mask 1/2” under bringing the pleats towards the center of the mask. Pin the pleats in place from the front of the mask.

STEP 5: SEW PLEATS

Create a stitch starter. This is a piece of fabric that has been folded to create an equal thickness to the mask. It will help the sewing machine to easily sew over the thicker fabric without problems.

Start sewing on the middle of the stitch starter and place the mask right next to it. After sewing a few stitches on the mask, backstitch and continue sewing forward. Don’t forget to backstitch at the end. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the mask. 

Press the pleats with an iron.

STEP 6: SEW SCARF AND ATTACH TO MASK

Sew around the entire scarf with a double rolled 3/8″ wide hem.

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Fold the scarf in half and mark the center point of the scarf. Lightly press the middle of the scarf to mark it. Align the mask with the scarf and sew along the edge of the mask with a 1/4” seam allowance to connect it. Press the scarf downwards away from the mask.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

Step 7. Thread T-Shirt Casing

NOSEPIECE – Cut a piece of wire floral wire slightly larger than the length of the casing. Turn the sharp edges inward on both sides. Insert the floral wire into the casing. Use a metal nose bridge if preferred. The casing allows it to be easily removed before washing the mask to prevent damage or rusting.

FILTER – A filter can be slid into the mask through the openings on either side. Attach a safety pin to the side of the filter to help feed it through the mask.

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

ADJUSTABLE TIES – You can also create adjustable ear loops using pony beads. To do this, feed the knit tie through the casing. Bend a piece of wire in half and slide the pony bead onto the wire. Slide both ends of the knit tie in between the wire, pull the wire to feed the bead onto the ties. Now you can adjust the ear tie using the pony bead.

Now you know how to create two different styles of a scarf mask. 

FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask? featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy.

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.

Download a Printable PDF condensed version of the Scarf Mask instructions HERE!

28 thoughts on “FREE Sewing Pattern & Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Scarf Face Mask”

  1. Maureen Lander

    Looks very interesting to make can’t wait to get started, it’s just what I have been looking for thank you

  2. Is there a way to get just the sewing directions. I have downloaded the pattern but to keep reading the directions on my phone is not easy to do. Thank you

    1. I got the pattern for the mask but how can I get a hard copy of the sewing directions? Love your patterns and directions, thank you very much for being such a big help! Marlene

  3. Thanks for your great offerings, Kimberly!
    Was unable to download the pattern for the PLEATED FACE MASK SCARF SEWING PATTERN, I’ve gone through the post a few times searching but there doesn’t seem to be a working link for this. Hope you can help!

    1. U have to do it on A PC, not A phone if that’s what your using. Put E Mail Click download and it should pop right up. I was able to print out everything.

      1. I still can’t find the pattern. When I click on download I get the link to download, then I’ve all the instructions but no pattern. In the pdf-document there are only links to a YouTube-film. I need the pattern.

    1. Cathy, I’m really confused… You say the 2nd page is the pleated mask pattern but my second page is fitted mask V1. I have a page that says Surgical mask. But is only half of the pattern so, I’m assuming to cut it on the fold even though it doesn’t say that? Did I miss something? is there a different PDF that I should print?

  4. Thank-you for the tutorial! I am wearing an n99 mask with a fabric covering, and wanted to make something just like this!

    A quick note on being concerned about removing mask from face and wearing as scarf-

    If your mask has COVID on it from another person’s droplets/aerosol, so do your clothes and body. A lot of people have protocols for mask wearing based on hospital protocols for PPE use, but in hospitals you don and doff PPE in specific ways that includes changing clothing and washing exposed skin- not particularly practical for a grocery run. I think there is some wisdom in changing masks periodically throughout the day though.

    Thankfully, it doesn’t seem surfaces and clothing are a major route to transmission (Although certainly you can get it from surfaces, so wash your hands and sanitize!). It seems like it’s mainly respiratory droplets, with aerosols being a concern in certain environments.

  5. I love these with the scarf addition. What a neat idea to have the mask handy but not seen till you need iti! My problem like someone above – I need a pdf or a word doc or something that has the directions with the steps written out. I have the pattern – and the pattern for the simpler fitted masks too. It will take me a week to make the masks if I have to constantly go back to the tutorial – because of computer screen – or iPad screen constantly moving things up and down. And I need to be able to read the whole thing together. I’m not a good or confident sewer but I’m determined to do these! Thanks so much for your help.
    Nancy Monroe

    1. Depending on your browser, you may be able to install an extension called “Print Friendly & PDF” or something similar. It will let you convert the page to a PDF and even remove extra stuff you may not want saved. You can then save it as a PDF and read on your screen or print when you want.

  6. Cecelia Price

    I created one of these but I am baffled how one is supposed to get a large square from a rectangle? So the bottom of my mask has a rectangle hanging from it.

    1. The rectangle piece of the pattern is to be cut on the fold of the fabric. When you open it up, it becomes a square.

  7. Patricia A Thompson

    i don’t understand the pattern pieces. Make no sense to me. Help. I have #2 on bottom left, #4 Bottom right, #2 Top of #4, Does #1 go above #3?????? What is with the cm’s? Why not give inches.??

    1. Maybe the pattern is in metric measurements because the person who made it is from a country other than the US, Liberia, or Myanmar, the only countries using inches.

    1. Monique Carmichael Griswold

      Is there only 1 pattern for scarf so adults use same as one the has child ? Sorry just confused.

  8. I am not finding the link for the download for the pattern. I see the instruction download but not the pattern for this mask with scarf.

    1. Probably shouldn’t bother leaving a comment since it doesn’t look like any of the previous questions were answered, which is sad…
      But I’m going to ask anyway and if I’m lucky maybe another reader will answer me.
      Cotton is not listed as a material to use. But I see people using regular bandanas tied behind their heads. Could cotton be used with this pattern? I know it wouldn’t drape as softly, but would it work at all?

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