skip to Main Content

What has everyone been up to?! Yes, do not roll your eyes… I have a lot of fabric and abundance of ideas. I’m just keeping hands busy and mind content. My gift to you; a DIY fitted face Mask with pattern.

Yes, I know!

I know, I know; before you tell me that this mask will not replace a N95, I know. Depending what fabric you use will depend on the amount of particulates it will filter. There is some interesting data here. I’m not a scientist, but I can draft a pattern.

I’m a maker, and spending safe time in my house I wanted to be productive and make a difference for those I care for if even just a tiny bit. DISCLAIMER: I am not giving any assurance that this will protect you from all airborne virus or like. Research carefully and make your own decisions.

My main purpose is to make a mask that fits me as I like. My international students have the etiquette to wear masks even in the best of times many years ago and I have marvelled at how stylish and comfortable some are.

You will need:

  • Fabric (t-shirt knits, tight weave cotton, dish towel fabric, vacuum bags)
  • Thin elastic (1/8″ – 1/4″)
  • soft bendable wire
  • sewing machine, thread scissors…
  • PATTERN

Using my ‘mug’ and a mask I designed this pattern (print full size, no reduction on letter size paper) to fit over the nose and give space for the lips. Yes, it has a seam down the middle, you choose. Some have pleats and are quite flat. I find the leakage around the nose can be a problem, and this has a wire shaping as well.

In my research for fabric and material I found that vacuum bags provide good filtration. I do have some HEPA vacuum bags, which have 3 layers. One thing to consider is comfort and breathability and the vacuum bags work quite well.

UPDATE: I am getting a lot of comments about the possibility that these vacuum bags have fibreglass in them. It seems to be a debate, so please choose wisely. This article also addresses it.

One way to help make them more efficient is to layer, as I did here with 3 layers. Cut 2 pieces of each layer. Such a great way to use up some of the scraps of ice-dyed t-shirt fabric.

Easy Assembly:

Double up 2 layers and with right sides together, sew the front centre seam. Sew a 3/8″ centre seam of lining as well.

Since every face is different, it a good idea to make a test one. Adjust as you like from there. Here centre seam is sewn.

To keep the shape I press open the centre seam and stitch flat.

This will keep the form of the mask firm.

Since the seams may get thick trim back at top and bottom.

Just like a Pillow:

To join the inside to the outside, is much like making a pillow; sew all the way around (right sides together) and leave an opening to turn right side out.

Note: If you want to attach elastic before turning add to each piece at dots marked on pattern and loop inside. I like the option of adding later so that adjustments can be made; your choice.

After sewing clip corners off without cutting stitches and trim seam allowance as close as possible.

Such a nice shape:

Turn right side out and push corners out with a chopstick or skewer.

The nose bridge fits better if wire is inserted. I used a thin floral wire that it a slight bit stronger than a twist tie. Bend in the ends for safety. An alternate way is to use wired ribbon. Another great option is to use strips cut from tin cans (like the top flap of a sardine can or tomato can) See this post for details on how to make it iron-in.

Before top stitching the perimeter of the mask, insert the wire as close to edge as possible and pin/clip. Top stitch all around and close the opening.

To add elastic after turning loop a bit under so it is 2x secure and stitch on.

UPDATE: Due to some shortage of elastic, An alternate is using some t-shirt fabric cut in 3/4″ strips. It rolls when pulled and has some stretch and is soft on the ears. You can also adapt this Pattern to have a casing and open ends for filter pocket. See this post.

The Form & Fit:

The fit is quite comfortable. To size smaller a slight reduction in print size can work.

Everyones nose is different! If you like, you can reduce the height as seen on pattern. The nose wire can be shaped well to fit around your’s.

I wear glasses so I always find issues when wearing my masks for concreting! Yup, when you are a ‘designer’ you are much fussier!

If you would like an even flatter fit over the nose for glasses see this pattern as an adaptation of this pattern. We are all quite different (imagine how many fits of jeans we have)

This mask scoops under that chin of mine as well!

TADA! I can feel a bit better. I especially like the ‘vacuum bag’ face masks. They should be cleaned washed after each use. I would not just through them in the washer due to the wire. If you put them in a bag the heat of the dryer will hopefully kill anything.

Some more effectiveness can also be had by spraying the fitted face mask with a solution of citric acid and allowing to dry. Leaving them in the sun lets the UV also disinfect. Again, do your research and make good choices.

I’d rather be making pretty things than medical supplies or a fitted face mask… But this gives a bit of comfort anyways. DO be careful out there my friends!

See the look in my eyes!? The wonder, the caution, the hope of better times soon… but as a very very wise person said to me quite often; things coud be much worse so be grateful.

Yup, it’s odd, I’m a grandma now but I really wish my ‘Mommy’ was here to reassure me right now…

As a chid I used to watch my mom design fashionable hats from scratch; so now it’s my destiny to design some masks… like this and this.

barbmaker

I'm an artist & I make things... all kinds of things.

This Post Has 175 Comments

    1. Thank you,Barb. I just find some fannel material to make some masks, can’t wait to get started. You are a special lady, that counts her blessings. Please stay well and thank you for your pattern and ideas. This shall pass!
      M.

      1. Hello Barb, your masks are fabulous, the best fitting I’ve seen. I’m 80 yrs old & during isolating I’ve been making scrubs, bags etc. My daughter is a practice nurse working with suspected COVID-19 patients. She’s scared to go shopping with paper masks. How do I get your pattern please. I don’t have a printer & not good with technology . Thank you. Maria : 85 Dalmatia Rd. Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2QG UK

        1. If you can’t print then you could draft by using the grid method. Draw a 1″ grid and then work square by square to plot the shapes. See here for a video I’ll email the pattern. Maybe, if your screen can adjust you could trace it on. Best of luck

        2. Thank you for this pattern. I tired making it and I think the steps may be out of order? How do you sew the zig zag centre seam then sew the outside edges and manage to then flip it right side out? Should you sew the zig zag after it is flipped right side out? I’m not sure how it’s supposed to work otherwise. Thank you

    2. Some very good ideas, Barb. Beware, though, that certain vacuum cleaner bags and many hepa filters contain fiberglass and should not be used for breathing filters.

        1. Hi Barb thanks for the pattern and ideas. I put my elastic to go around the head. The mask was more comfortable. Behind the ears rubbed and irritated my ears.

          1. Chris….How many inches to measure the elastic to go around the head! I thank you in advance.

        2. Please STOP seeing the elastic on masks.!!!!!
          Just make the 1” wider on each side & see a side HEM CHANEL…!!! U R robbing the user from adjusting the eats loops or wearing an over the head version. Same mask but MUCH more user friendly. Then they can use anything to tie…pats cord…ribbon..hollow jelly tube..!!!
          Try it, you’ll like it.
          I’m way over 1200 masks now ..!!!!!!

    3. Thank you for the pattern! I wear glasses, too and I’ve been searching for better patterns to fit while wearing glasses. I work in retail (we’re essential) and we are required to wear masks for the duration of our shifts (as well as if we are shopping–off the clock, of course!) The masks I’ve tried, so far, keep my glasses foggy the majority of my shift–and yes, your nose does run if you’re sweating under there! Also, I have slight breathing issues (asthma), so it’s hard to breathe… at all… I find breathing with your mouth and not your nose easier. Also, using either a tissue or a paper towel directly on your face under your mask really helps with the heat and for catching slobber and runny noses! It’s amazing all the things you don’t know are possible–only life experiences can teach you, in times like these!

    4. Thanks for the great pattern giving it a go now!

      To my knowledge vacuum HEPA bags here never used fiberglass (it would just end up in air outside the vacuum) I work with HEPA vacs in asbestos removal in my job so the time… I do however use propylene fibers which render them harmless as a filter. Here’s a link which backs that up as well…

      https://www.vacuumcleanermarket.com/news/do-vacuum-bags-contain-fiberglass/

      Again thanks for your efforts!!!

      Stay Safe!
      Bobby

      On aside- I just cut apart a commercial HEPA bag from Nilfisk and looked at it under a 10x magnifier. There are shiny filaments in it but they are the propylene fibers easily mistaken for fiberglass- but use your own judgement, it’s your health and I’m by no means an expert

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I am senior citizen and a Home Health Aide. Several of my clients would feel better with a mask for protection if they have go out. This will give me the opportunity for more protection and peace of mind for my ladies.
    Be safe and thank you again.

  2. You are amazing Barb and such an inspiration. I will try making your mask – I purchased and made your birdhouse a while back and everyone thinks that is amazing. Stay well

  3. Barb, thank you for making this pattern available for all of us out there. Also, Barb, I wanted to say that there have been many, many times that I just wanted my mother. Sometimes, I’ve said that I wish I could just go back home again and everyone would be there. Gosh,,,that tears me up!
    Your friend, Ginene

  4. Barb,
    Thanks for this information. I’ve got 3 men (between 25-35 yrs old) in my garden community who want to be helpful. Yesterday, I discovered a text string between the 3 of them. They were wanting to learn how to sew in order to make masks. I was so surprised and touched. I am going to forward your pattern on to them.

    I love the picture of you and your mask.

  5. Barb,
    I just saw that you live in Hamilton, Ontario. My grandparents were from Penetanguishene and LaFontaine. My Aunt Irene lived in Hamilton. They came to northern Illinois to find work in during the Depression and ended up staying because all of my grandfather’s brothers were here and one of my grandmother’s sisters moved here. As you may know, both of those towns are small. I’ve been to Penetanguishene two or three times. Once when I was an adult. My mother used to go every summer. Of course, all of those people are gone now. Gone but not forgotten, as they used to say.

      1. Ok I’m confused.
        I sewed the middle seam together, so now I have the shape.
        How do I turn it right sides in “like a pillow” if the middle is already sewn together??

        1. I’m having this same problem. I go to turn it right side out and only half of the mask pulls through. I watched the video Barb posted on another comment and that person sewed the 2 layers separately rather than together so that she was able to flip it right side out. I’m going to have to improvise here by adding a third layer that isn’t attached at the centre to be able to flip everything through.

          1. I think the confusion is that I had 3 layers, 2 sewn as one and then the inside. Only sew centre topstitch of one layer at a time, or wait until flipped. You can adapt as desired.

  6. Thanks Barbara I’ve got to give these a go especially for my parents and aunt and uncle. I went to visit my parents today of course observing the distance rule etc. As soon as I saw her I started to cry coz all I wanted to do was hold her and have our usual cuddle. I’m 60 in August and it’s the first time in my life I havnt been able to give my parents a cuddle. Doesn’t matter the age Barb we all still need our mums 💜

      1. I may have a good method for retrofitting a nose pinch strip to a mask, and a better material for making one. Could you have a look at the instructions on the web page I included. You can publish them, or include a link if you like.
        Thanks for publishing your instructions,
        Best Regards,
        Gordon Graham

    1. Please be careful about the vacuum bags. I read that they contain glass fibers! These will irritate and damage the lungs!!! Cutting corners is awesome but everything that will work isn’t advantageous. Please be careful about what you use.

      1. Yes, please do you own research! Information I had from a site may not be correct. I am surprised since vacuums blow air into our homes through those bags…

        1. You can actually buy N95 inserts on Amazon and Alliexpress. I’m making them for Cleveland Clinic ICU. They say its mot necessary for the general public but the new research is devastatingly scary on how contagious this is!

  7. I’ve been looking for a face mask pattern to use and this one looks great. I will let you know how it turns out. You are an inspiration!

  8. I work in healthcare in a hospital and am home for a few days, I will be making this for myself and more depending on how my supplies hold out. TY for sharing

  9. Thank you so much ! Very generous to make this easy to follow pattern / instructions.
    It does look nicely fitted and comfy.
    I’ve been looking at online suggestions for mask for several days.
    I had hoped to make some – but after numerous tries – I’m unable to find Any elastic.
    I’m thinking ties would be very inconvenient.

    The comments on filter materials is also helpful !
    I was wondering… would it be helpful to be made with a filter pocket for replacement ?

    Any/all suggestions are so helpful.
    Thanks so much for your contribution during this sooo difficult time.
    p

    1. There are so many questions about how effective material is, and how they can be cleaned. It is a tough call as I wonder what will happen if/when some virus is on the outside? So many things to consider, but do know some do make a pocket to replace a filter. This mask may possibly help, but may not be 100% reliable. Be safe and listen to the pros.

      1. Thank you SO much for taking the time to make and share this pattern and tutorial. I was curious about adding a filter pocket. If I used 2 layers of cotton instead of one cotton and one vacuum bag layer. How would one add an additional inter (to our faces) layer to use as a filter pocket? Sorry I’m totally ignorant to sewing but I’m desperate to do anything to try and keep my family safe. I work in a hospital and my husband in a jail. 😣

        1. You could leave an opening at the middle seam and slide in one there, or leave an end open. After you try one, you’ll have a test ‘dummy’ for sizing and pocket option. Wishing you the best!

    2. Instead of elastic (as in from a fabric store) I’ve been using elastic headbands, cutting them in 1/2 gives about the right size. I also use ponytail holders – cut to open if needed. I can usually find both of these at the dollar store.

  10. Barb thanks so much for this. I found some instructions on Instructables as well, including a link to some articles about the effectiveness of cloth masks. I still think it’s a good ideas to have them. I’m trying to stay home as much as possible due to my asthma and being more vulnerable, but when I go out (if I go out), I’ll be wearing a mask. If only to remind me not to touch my face!
    I love your weekly posts. Thanks so much.

  11. Just to clarify, the best 3M hvac filter media catches between .3 and 1.0 Micron particles which is larger than the corona virus which is a tiny .1. So be aware, using the filters talked about in this blog would not stop the virus. Be careful, be aware, be safe.

  12. Is there any chance you could post a video? I’m new to sewing (other than minor repairs) and I’m having trouble with some of these steps.

  13. Thank you for this easy to follow pattern. My husband has had to wear a face mask in any public area for the last two years as he has a compromised immune system due to CLL, and if he wears this mask, over his surgical mask, he wont feel so out of place anymore.

    1. They are marked on the pattern, I have 7.5″ for the elastic and the metal wire is marked on the pattern. Try that elastic length t see hw it fits you. I think a bit on the longer size is better than too small as an extra knot can help shorten… We are not all the same size. Good luck

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m going to make some for my husband (diesel mechanic who has to be near/inside trucks that have been all over the country) and friends who are in other “essential” jobs right now. I know they don’t give the same protection, but some in my opinion is better than the current none at all… I have a question though. I have whole bolt of Pellon stabilizer (70 peltex 100% polyester), I’ve seen some using Pellon for filters (the polypropylene though) and was wondering if what I have might work for filters? Thanks again for the pattern!

    1. Being more of a maker I can’t really comment on that. It’s quite difficult to determine exactly how dense a fabric is for letting particle through. Try to ask the manufacturer… Good luck

  15. Thank you so much for the pattern. I am having trouble understanding how it’s possible to turn the mask inside out once you’ve sewn the center seam through all four pieces. Am I not understanding this instruction correctly: “Double up 2 layers and with right sides together, sew the front centre seam.” Do you mean sew the center seam separately for each pair of mask halves?

    1. Yes, sew the middle seam of both the inside and outside pieces. Then sew around the outside leaving a little opening to turn inside out. I hope that helps.

      1. Thank you for this pattern! To clarify…in your photo with the 3 layers of fabric, is the white material the filter layer and the black the “inside” piece (touching your face)? So you would sew the middle seam on all three layers separately or would you sew the filter layer in with the outer (print) layer?

        1. In that one it was 3 layers, no filter material. When I used the filter I sandwiched with the outside layer. It also depends how well you can breathe through the multiple layers.

      2. So sew middle of outside fabric. Then sew middle of inside fabric?
        Layer faces together then stitch middle again then border?

        I still don’t understand how you can turn it inside out when there are 2 halves after sewing the middle seam and before the outer seam. If the middle seam is together before doing the outer seam you cant flip it inside out. Some more clarification would be nice as you have all 4 pieces together before you are sewing the outer seam.

        Thank you though for this because I work at Target and I wear glasses and was hoping to have a mask that I could wear.

  16. Anyway you can send a picture of the mask pattern, the download site wants my credit card information and I don’t trust it.

  17. I do hope you know that vacuum bags (even the HEPA filter ones) contain fiberglass and that you will be inhaling it, and it could cause greater lung issues if you get the virus!!

  18. My family and I clean, which is considered an “essential” service currently but we still want to be safe. I had a couple disposable masks from last year’s allergy season (I have terrible allergies) left but I need to make masks for us now. I’m making these tomorrow and I have a question! At what point is the vacuum bag added? I can improvise I’m sure but yeah. I think maybe I missed that part? Also, how about the shaping of the bag? Same as all other pieces and I sew it like that white middle piece of fabric you used? Questions questions. Sorry. I just want to do it well without the struggle lol. Already tired enough without fighting with my sewing machine before my long work week.

    1. I have gotten some comments that the vacuum bags may contain fibreglass. It’s hard to decipher what is reliable info these days. Maybe just use some dense fabric. I offer a pattern to help but sadly can’t be the scientist about the rest.

      1. Hi thanks so much for posting your fabulous pattern. Would you please be able to let me know the measurements on the pattern though? I don’t have a printer and couldn’t see any measurements on the sample. Thanks again Vanessa

  19. Should have known you would come up with great pattern Barb! Thank you for putting this one out there to share with everyone! Bless you sweet Lady!

  20. Hi Barb. Thank you for posting this. I’m a fashion designer and am working on making masks here in France to help out with the situation. I’m doing it through a fashion brand. A lot of friends have been asking me for a pattern so I send them a link here. We are all grateful as I don’t have the time to explain, this tutorial is perfect. ❤️
    Anh

  21. Thank you for creating such a great pattern.

    I did a little research about using a hepa filter vacuum bag as a filter layer in the mask. Apparently hepa filters have glass fiber particles in them that can get in the lungs and are bad to breathe through. Here is a link to a doctor talking about this. https://youtu.be/qiYbXsIcI7E

    Just wanted to let people know.

  22. THANK YOU!! My Mom and by best buddy offered me some they made but I LOVE your fitted approach. Directions are amazing and the step by step photos really help me.

  23. Thank you for the pattern, Barb. I have one that is similar but it hurts my ears to wear it. Going to try yours today – am making a few masks to give to a neighbor for her mom and mom-in-law. My heart ached to read the bit in your post about missing your own Mom, and particularly at a time like this. I lost Dad about a year ago and I wish he were here to talk to, too. He always had wise words (and a calming outlook on life). Am thankful we had parents who made us feel safe. Be well, and – again – thank you.

    1. Oh, so sad to have just lost your dad. It’s remarkable how young I feel when I think about my mom. We never forget that amazing comfort they would provide. They will be looking over us…

  24. Novice sewing here… so I apologize if I seem totally off.
    How can I stitch the center flat with all 4 pieces and then in later steps turn inside out like a pillow case?
    I’m not following. Please help. Thanks so much.

  25. I can’t get the pdf download to work. It asks me to enter my name and email and then I click download pdf but it just goes to this page again.

  26. Thank you for posting this pattern! As an FYI, HEPA vacuum filters can contain glass particles and aren’t recommended for use in masks. Some people are trying coffee filters (haven’t researched the lit on that).
    Thanks also for your guidance on the nose wire, that has been driving me nuts!

    1. It’s so hard to know what’s safe these days! I wonder though that hospitals use these vacuums and it blows the air out and through the bag? Yes, do your research and stay safe!

  27. I was just wondering the measurements of the mask? The pattern really doesn’t say. Thank you for your time and consideration that it took to make these!

  28. Barb, you are immensely talented and artistic. Did you also paint the picture above the bed in your shibori sheet photo? Regarding the mask: it looks like it will fit to a T. But I personally would leave off the straight or zigzag stitch over the front curved seam. Those needle holes make the mask more permeable and less of a barrier. Other fitted masks online just say to clip the seam allowance and press flat. Otherwise, I love the mask and all your other creations!

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely post. Although I find that even though you are providing something wonderful and for free, that sadly all the side notes regarding N95 and so forth are required.
      I just wanted to say thank you so very much for this easy to follow instructional post and the fact that you took the time to research materials and so forth. I love how it is so simple that be it using the sewing machine for the very first time, or even the ability to turn face masks into an affordable accessory. I love that with this, you can make so many different coloured, patterned, etc to go with any style and any outfit. My daughter is excited to accessorize her mask with her own gemstone bling, and as a way to keep the kids busy fabric paint to decorate and celebrate. Your wonderful and thank you for sharing your experience and talents.
      Also I’m not sure about elsewhere, but where I live we are instructed that our masks like this, is not to protect us against breathing in so much as it is to help protect others around you. As well it is also a great way (if using something like this style that fits properly and materials are chosen to insure that they aren’t irritating the skin, etc) to keep your hands away from you mouth and nose, especially when it comes to children.
      Thanks again, your a beautiful soul.

  29. Hi Barb. Great pattern. I can not download the pattern PDF. It asks me to enter my name an email address and the just returns to the same page. Could you email the pattern. Thanks

  30. Thanks for sharing. I was looking for a model like this. I did another type and it doesn’t feel tooo too confortable. I will soon try this one. If the ´re nice enough, i might convince my sons and hubby to wear those when we finally can get OUT! 😷😁

    1. I’m sure there are many options, but I just can’t completely guarantee each one. I have also read shop towels can work. Hold up to the light and look for tiny holes… Stay safe!

  31. Barb, I cannot download the pattern. I’ve tried multiple time. I have entered my email address as requested and continues to loop me back to request to my email address again.

  32. Hi Barb,
    I love your design but I am a little concern about the seam in the middle of the mask. The holes left by the needle/thread defeat the purpose of the mask.

  33. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. I am going to make some from my scrap fabrics for my neighbors here in Bellville, South Africa as we are still in full lockdown with no access to fabrics.

  34. I really enjoyed your post. I’m making mask for family and friends. I love the idea of stitching the bridge of the mask. It also looks good. Thanks for the idea of floral wire, it will help, but most importantly thank you for sharing when everyone is about selling at this time.

  35. I’m a complete novice with a room full of my late mothers sewing equipment and I figured I’d learn and help my family at the same time. I like your pattern and instructions. The only wire that I have is in the form of a pipe cleaner. Any thoughts on using this to line the entire border of the mask to form a better seal and make it soft for comfort?
    Thanks again

    1. I think it can work as some have mentioned that. Do bend the ends as well though. When in doubt, try it. There is also the idea of using some wired ribbon. We need to be resourceful right now.

  36. Hi, thank you for this pattern, I’ve even managed to adapt it to make a child size mask but i am struggling to figure out how to fit the wire. Do you possibly have a photo of you inserting this prior to top stitching?
    Do you place it inside the layers once turned RSO?

    Many thanks x

      1. That’s what I thought but I wanted to check. Thank you again for this pattern. I’m using it to make masks for my husband who serves with the British Army and isnt being supplied masks and my children and family. Stay safe x

  37. Hi I think I missed something. If I sew the middle together as shown in the first couple steps and then sew most of the outside edge it will no turn inside out because the middle is sewn together. Please help Thanks

    1. I will make a note; I sewed the centre seam of what looks like both layers, but it is actually a double layer for outside, not both eoutside AND inside. Sorry for the confusion.

  38. I don’t understand this step: Before tops stitching the perimeter of the mask, insert the wire as close to edge as possible and pin/clip.

    Where and how exactly are you inserting the wire?

    1. Slip the wire in place between the layers as close to edge as possible. I should be at top edge near the sewn seam. The tops stitching will hold it in place. Another adaptation would be to hand sew it in approximate place before turning RSO. Or another; use some fusible interfacing to sandwich the wire between and then it can be sewn with the seam. I hope that helps.

  39. hi Barb,
    thank you for the post. but i’ve tried many times to d/l pattern but its not letting me. please help
    thank you

  40. Thank you so much for the pattern! I’m not an expert sewer by any means, but I found your pattern very easy to follow and my mask turned out great! My husband (who also has problems with his glasses fogging while wearing masks) and few other family members are essential workers so I made masks for them to wear at work. I sized the pattern up a bit to fit the men’s faces a little better, and so far everyone is pleased with the fit! Now I’m making them for family who aren’t working right now, to wear when they need to go out or possibly when we go back to work…. I used craft pipe cleaners that I had laying around and they worked pretty well to shape the nose. I’m so glad I found your site, you share some beautiful things! 🙂

  41. I want to make a 3rd layer on this mask to put a filter in it. I wanted to make both side of the third layer one open on each side. By doing this I can also put the nose piece on when I sew the third layer. I am not sure if I am reading your instructions correctly but you did say you used 3 lawyers? I can not see on the instructions where you sewed it.

    I am a volunteer and making these mask so if you can get back to me asap I would appreciate that. lorrainelonardo@ymail.com

    1. When I made those I used 3 layers and treated 2 of them as one. Depending on the breathability of the fabric you could omit one layer. Also to adapt a filter pocket you could leave the bottom open or revise to a folded-in lining (at sides) and then use a folded over casing to thread the elastic/ties through. Much depends on your individual choice of breathability and length of wear. I always like to make a test piece for size etc, Happy Making!

  42. Thank you for a great pattern. Also many have been using home furnace filters which actually do have Fiberglass so please if others had heard using furnace filters is a great way for more protection please look at that package on the filter and read it. A friend made hundreds of masks for a small hospital and because furnace filters were suggested on almost every single mask making site, she decided to do the same. I told her it is not safe and contains Fiberglass but she read if you wash the filter it will remove the fiberglass which is completly false. Please do your research

  43. The vacuum bags work but only the very inner most layer and you have to change them every 4 to 5 hours and they are made of the same material as the n95 masks. After awhile they stop working and need to be replaced. You should not sew in the vacuum bag filters and use at least two of the inner most layers.

  44. Thank you! This pattern was perfect. Fitted hubby as is and I did a few adjustments for my small face. I’ve sent the link around to my friends and family as well.

  45. I made you pattern after making several different ones for family, friends and staff at an assisted living facility. I like yours the best. for myself. I added one trick I got from another pattern to add the wire..

  46. Hi Barb! Thank you for the pattern, this is my first time making a mask after only recently learning how to sew, and I am very much a beginner right now so forgive the question but how do we turn the mask inside out? After I sewed the four pieces together down the middle (just making a practice one at the moment), I made the seam flat with the zigzag stitch but then wasn’t able to turn the mask the right way out, and I’m not sure what I did wrong. Thank you for the help!

    1. Yes, I know, that has confused a few people, I made that with 3 layers so another layer would be added and then it would be turnable. (like turning a pillow)

  47. Hi,

    Thanks so much for this pattern, looking forward to trying it out, but I can’t actually download it
    I click the download button and nothing happens, is there any other way I can get it?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  48. I really like the way this mask looks but i just can’t figure these instructions out!! HOW DO YOU DO THE PILLOW PART?!

    1. After the centre seams are sewn on the inside layer and outside layer, sew around outside (right sides together) but leave a small opening, then turn right side out. Another option is to leave the ends where the ties go open and then turn. After putting in the wire/nose piece, fold over and sew and small channel where the ties can be threaded through. You can see that here and here Adapt as needed. 😷

  49. I’m wondering how to flip the mask like a pillowcase once the center seam is sewn. I can’t quite figure it out. Anyway to take a picture of how?

  50. FLANNEL is NOT appropriate for face masks. Flannel has tiny fibers that you would be inhaling and is not 100% cotton..
    Also the following is not appropriate other than tight weave cotton. (-t-shirt knits, tight weave cotton, dish towel fabric, vacuum bags) I mean really vacuum bags! According to our health minister in Canada masks need to be made with 100% cotton period. No inserts necessary. Using a t-shirt for your masks will give you NO protection. T-shirts are a stretch fabric. When stretched the fabric separates and creates small wholes in the fabric. These holes will allow the particles from covid an easy access. Fabric also needs to be prewashed because chemicals are applied to keep them dirt resistant when being sold. People need to do their research. There are a lot of people making masks that don’t meet the requirements and people are buying thinking they are protected but are not. Please be safe and use the correct materials. Remember you are breathing these things in. Down the road there are going to be a lot of people with breathing issues and diseases stemming from these masks.

    1. I did not use flannel. Yes, I provide a pattern but the fabric choices should be considered carefully by the maker. Personally I don’t think a lot of proper research has come out about fabric/fibre choices. Stay safe and informed

  51. I’m not sure if I’m just really stupid, but I cannot figure this pattern out. I’ve been following it and all of the pictures look exactly like what I’ve done. I can’t flip it like a pillowcase, it just doesn’t work.

    1. Sew the outside pieces at centre seam and then lining at centre seam. Then treat like a pillow, stitch around the outside, leaving an opening and then turn it. Hope that helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back To Top
Click to Hide Advanced Floating Content

Support my Blog!

In order for me to deliver valuable content for free, it takes both time and money. Any donations will be used directly to bring you new and useful content!

Donation Form

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $5.00