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Design should always be about necessity! ‘And that is my purpose here; to fill a need for so many frustrated people who wear glasses and want a good mask pattern. My Fitted Face Mask Pattern for Glasses comes to the rescue…

The Unique Nose Piece:

Oh dear! I am appalled at the way people wear their masks, so each shopping trip is like research. I’m seeing commercial ones but have still not seen that many that look like they are really comfortable or fit well. Maybe that is why there are so many ‘un-masked’ rebels! Fogging glasses and touching mouth are very common complaints.

I know the ‘Olsen style’ mask is very popular and my first design has had great reviews and mass amounts of downloads. The problem would arise when there was just too many layers at the centre seam and that would push glasses up or out, which would affect visibility. To remedy that I removed the centre seam AND the top edge seam to make a single piece for the nose in this fitted mask pattern for glasses. Also, even better; it has a super flat aluminum nose piece ironed inside to make it super flat and adjustable!

To make this Mask:

Download & Print the Pattern. Cut one nose piece, 2 lining and 2 outer pieces. (you can add layers/filter pocket as you like) Fold and press the nose piece in half.

You can also watch it in video form: (please subscribe, so that I will continue making videos)

Make you own Metal Nose Pieces:


Check out my video & instructions to see how to make these nose pieces. Trust me, it’s easy.

They are made with fusible web so they can now be ironed into place and stay there. Place it next to the centre fold.

Fold over the fabric and make sure the metal piece stays centred. It should be at least 3/8″ away from edge.

Use some parchment paper to protect the iron from any possible contact with the fusible webbing. (don’t ask me how I know that!)

Ta-da! You now have a ready to use nose piece. It is bendable and very slim. Yes it is only 2 layers but if you desire you could do more and use more fusible webbing as well.

I have found that breathability is making the decisions for mask fabric choices… but that’s a whole other discussion. Do make your own decisions.

Cut 2 of lining and 2 of the outside fabric. I have decided on a polyester knit here.

Since the nose piece is not flat, clip at the markings on the top edge.

Sew the front centre 3/8″ seams of both the lining and outer fabric

Fold open the centre seam and flatten with top stitching (zigzag or mending zigzag work well)

Top stitch a line slightly over from the centre seam and there is the opportunity to put a stiffener in this channel. Zip-ties or pipe cleaners work well and prevent the mask from collapsing at each breath.

Centre the nose piece on the top seam (right sides together) and sew seam, spreading at clips to flatten nicely.

Repeat by adding the lining piece and sewing seam.

Insert Optional Stiffener:

Push the zip-tie (or pipe cleaner) into the channel and cut at appropriate length and stitch closed. This will help keep the mask off your face. I do not particularly like having something touch my lips, just saying.

Trim excess seam allowance to make as flat as possible.

Right Sides Out- Fitted Mask for Glasses:

Turn right sides out (ends are still open) and top stitch close to edge to keep flat and in place.

Fold over ends to make casings for the straps.

Zigzag or straight stitch depending on how much the fabric frays. I prefer to use some cut strips of spandex-mix t-shirt (like camisoles) to make soft easy-stretch straps/ties. They can be looped around as one long tie or just behind the ears. This is better than permanent elastic.

Extra Stability:

Another thing that makes for a better fit of this Fitted Mask for Glasses is that all the layers stay together. I know, you do not want to stitch and makes holes through the fabric, but it can really help keep it more comfortable, off the face so that makes breathing easier since it allows more surface area to bring in air. (You decide) I like to stitch through the layers to keep the lining stable. You can stitch through the front centre and/or across the width.

The nose piece set in this way allows for better angle and is much less bulk than having a top seam. Keeping as much stability at the front seam also makes it less likely to keep suctioning to the face.

I know I have the other styles like The Ultimate Face Mask & The DIY N95 Style face mask but they also have edge seams at the nose or do not ‘scoop’ lower over the cheek. Small differences in this Fitted Mask for Glasses can mean a lot… (think about the fit of your pants – we all have a favourite)

Whatever you do, please keep yourselves and loved ones safe. We do ths for ourselves AND others!

barbmaker

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

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  1. Can you please talk to me about the fabric that you choose. It appeared to have some stiffness to it? The lining looks you may have used flannel?
    Thank you for using your creativity and sharing with us.
    Lisa

    1. Oh the fabric discussion (debate). I have a stash of all kinds so I test it by putting over mouth for breathability and hold up to light for seeing the holes. Considering some people just use a bandanna it is really up to you. At first it was all about cotton, but now there is talk of polyester and chiffon and polypropylene… I used a cotton lining, not too hight thread count and a polyester knit as the outer layer. I’m sure it does not equal N95 so please do your own research. I am not a health care worker so my choices can be different. Where I live we are doing really well, I am lucky…

      1. Thank you so much for this mask pattern. not only do I wear glasses, but I, a non smoker, have a lung condition from from being born prematurely. It is so hard for me to wear a “normal” mask as it is so hard to breathe in them. I feel this mask will not only help not get in the way of my glasses, but stay off of my mouth and help breathing be easier. Stay safe. God Bless. Xx

          1. I love your glasses pattern. My family wears glasses and this will help a lot. Thank you for sharing. God Bless and stay safe .

        1. Pattern looks great thanks.
          How do you do the FINAL row of topstitching without sewing over the encased cable tie?
          Thanx

          1. The top stitch is only across the top of the 2 centre pieces, not where it is encased and is below, so it would not touch it. Hope that helps!

      1. Your design has so impressed this fellow artist that I decided to donate to your cause even though initially I wasn’t going to. Keep creating…your other projects are amazing!

          1. Are you the one that made the viedo for the mask for glasses. How can I get 2 or 3 of them

      2. When sewing together mixed fabrics like that, what type of sewing machine needle do you use? Does it matter if you use a regular one or should you use one for poly knits?

        1. It’s a toss up, I used a fine needle and had no issues. I do not think it was a ball point needle. Frankly I have never had issues with needle choices unless working with leather etc. If it ‘hits’ the thread it may be dull or too big.

          1. Thank you for this fantastic pattern! It turned out great and it’s so comfortable to wear

            For some reason, though (maybe my face shape; happens with all of the masks I wear) I have gaping on the sides. How could I rectify this?

            Thank you!

  2. I took some of your other designs and made the elastic to wrap around the back of my head/neck. The elastic reinforces the position of the glasses no matter the front-facing fabric designs. Thanks for keeping up with the posts. They are super helpful and I have been sharing them with my peers.

  3. Wondering what keeps the nose wire from sliding down? Did yours have some sort of adhesive? Or does it just stay well without stitching it in place? Thanks!

      1. Can you please tell me where you purchased, or send me a link, for the nose wire and cable ties? Thank you! I love this design!!!

  4. Greetings from Australia and thank you for your mask pattern! I have made a mask for myself and one for my husband and they fit perfectly. (I printed the pattern a little smaller for myself and a little larger for my husband) I am very happy to make a small donation to you in return for your kindness. Take care!

    1. Hi Margaret,
      I just wanted to ask you how much you reduced the printed pattern by for your face mask.
      Thanks,
      Daphne

    1. A4 is a bit narrower and taller (210c x 297cm) When using your print software choose 100%, not ‘fit to page’. It should then print it right, measure the squares to see they are indeed 1″. Print software wants to do the thinking for us…

      1. Sorry hadn’t found this reply when I asked you to send A4 size but when I printed as suggested it was not – 1″=1″ your inch on page was 2-3 16th’s smaller when measured.

  5. Thank you for these wonderful patterns and very helpful instructions. I’m headed out to my fabric stash after I watch the videos.

    Totally off topic, are those your green eyes on the model? They’re beautiful!

  6. How do you sew in the channel in the lining? I can’t wrap my head around d how this is done. I am excited to try this mask I have been looking for a pattern with the nose piece.

    1. I use the seam allowance as the channel, and folded it to one side and top stitched it down. If that is not wide enough you could also just sew strip to it on the wrong side. It will depend on what you want to use to stiffen it. Some fabrics will be stiff enough if topstitched. Good luck!😷

  7. Really nice! I will try it without any plastic attachments and cotton material only, so it is more eco friendly. Thank you very much.

  8. I am so excited to try this pattern. I have done many different ones but they don’t work well. The problem I am having is getting it to print. I have tried several times. Could you please advise me or send it to my email I know how to print from that. Thank you so much!,

      1. I’d measure their face height and width and then compare to pattern. Divide the desired length by the large length = __% (should be less than 100). Print at that percent. Good luck

  9. Hi Barb,
    How can I add a pocket for a filter? How would I make a pattern for the filter?
    Thank you for your wonderful patterns.

    1. You could leave one end open next to the casing for the tie. I would think you can just use a flat filter, it will fold where it needs to when inserted. The more you restrict the air flow, the more chance it will find any place to escape; hence get near glasses.

    2. I made a long buttonhole on each end of the lining piece about 1 1/2 inches from the end. I then made one new pattern piece about 1/2 inch smaller all around cut to fit inside. Can use a surgical mask it HEPA filter inside.

  10. I don’t sew… how can I get one of these! I’m desperate and have spent what seems like hundreds of dollars in masks and accessories to find one that works with glasses and to no avail 🙁 My work has not shut down and I need some bad! Please help!

    1. Melania, I have made masks in MANY patterns to see which one fits best. (I’m retired and do this strictly for fun) There are benefits to both the 3D mask and the Olson mask, but still not perfect. I was thinking how to combine the two and today found Barb’s pattern. I haven’t tried it yet but it is exactly what I envisaged. If you take her pattern and instruction to a sewing friend, he\she would be SO happy to have a great pattern. If you don’t have a sewing friend, ask at your local fabric shop and they may be able to help. Or put an ad on kijiji.

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I’ve been looking for this type of mask, so was very excited to find yours 🙂 I’m off to watch the video and hopefully I can pull this off! Thanks again!!

  12. I’m away from my printer. Would you please be so kind to send the pdf to me, please? When I get back I will be able to download and sew for several family members. They will appreciate these greatly!!
    Thank you so much!

  13. Hi Barb, having a lot of trouble downloading this, would so appreciate if you could email the PDF. I am thrilled with finding this from you. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Kind regards, Vicki

  14. Thank you for this pattern. I made it as soon as I saw it. I love the way it fits under my glasses and the zip tie has yet another worthy use. No more fog and I am not inhaling fabric! I will be making more for friends with glasses..

  15. I am also unable to download the pattern and would love one. I have such a problem with my glasses steaming up every time I wear a mask! And everyone in our family wears glasses, so this will help. thank you

  16. Finally, there is a fitted mask pattern for those of us who wear eye glasses! Can’t wait to make one, but I’ve been unsuccessful at downloading the pattern and would greatly appreciate it if you would email me the PDF pattern. Thank you and stay safe!

  17. I am having trouble downloading your pattern – are you able to email me a .pdf please? I’m so looking forward to making this mask – I’ve tried many other patterns but this one looks just like what my daughter has been looking for. You are very generous offering the free download and it is very much appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.

  18. Hi Barb,
    I made the mask today. it went together very easily. Your instructions and the video were very clear. Unfortunately, my glasses still fog up. I have no idea what could be wrong. could you troubleshoot with me? I’m so disappointed!

    1. The reason glasses fog is that there is air that leaks out at side of nose. That means the fit around nose is too loose, so bend the nose strip so it is snug around the contour of your nose. Another reason is there are issues with air movement. If you use fabric that is too dense to let ample air through it will try to escape where ever it can resulting in sneaking out the nose and any non-tight fitting edge. I know there is so much talk about all kids of layers and high density fabric but that usually just means that there’s major leaking all around the edges since not enough air passes through. I am amazed at how people wear their masks so loose but it’s because they are getting a lot of leakage which translates in better breathability. If it suctions to the mouth, then the surface area allowing air through is also greatly diminished. Depending on you specific needs (ie, working as healthcare) you could use a combination of fabrics that allows better air passage. I can’t make that decision for you but mine do allow good air flow (cotton muslin lining) and a polyester knit outer layer (like workout wear) and are snug at nose so glasses don’t fog. But then again there are places that are so hot that glasses fog without a mask… 🤷🏻‍♀️ I hope that helps!! Some people tape the mask to the face but I think that is extreme…

      1. Thanks for the reply. I used quilters cotton with a muslin lining. It does suction to my mouth when I breathe. It also scoops under my chin and hugs it very closely. Could this also be a factor?

        1. Yes, maybe using a stiffener (zip tie or pipe cleaner) in the front seam will help it not collapse. If the chin does not allow air in then it will find the next best escape route, by your nose. Many factors, like shape of face, position of glasses, temperature. I stand in line to enter stores and see how the typical surgical masks have so much open space at the sides. I hope you can find a solution.

  19. Would you be so kind to email me the pattern? I sure want to try it! Oh the torture of fogged glasses…. and we are a glass wearing family. Thanks so much! Looks like I have a weekend project!

    1. That depends on the age. I would take some measurements of the child and then compare to the mask measurements, simple math – Divide desired width by adult width = __% Print the pattern at that percent.

  20. Barb,

    You are amazing! I haven’t sewn in a long time but must try this. One question – how does this do with laundering? Read all the comments but didn’t see this particular one. Thanks!

    Maureen

    1. It does fine since the fusible web is made for fabric. I like to just hand wash them or use a lingerie bag. Depending o the the use of polypropylene be careful with any hot ironing.

      1. Thank you so much for answering back. You are the best. My daughter is all excited to make these and insisted that we buy material yesterday. Doesn’t matter that I have enough for my own fabric shop, lol.

  21. I am struggling a little because printing as is makes the pattern too small as I can only print A4 size, can you re-size to A4 or metric dimensions,
    thank you,
    Sue

  22. Hi Barb,

    I used this pattern for myself and a friend, we both really liked the fit. I do have a really hard time sewing the channel for the zip tie without the fabric twisting, any ideas about what I’m doing wrong here?

    Also, my husband doesn’t feel it moves enough for comfortable speaking. I’m thinking of making the pieces larger and adding darts to allow the fabric to billow a bit when he talks. Have you implemented any solutions for this?

    Love t-shirt ties! I did buy elastic though, but I love that your mask allows it all to be swapped out.

    Thank you so much for sharing your concepts.

    Karen

    1. If the fabric does not allow it to be flattened enough, I’d just top stitch on a thin strip of bias cut fabric near the middle. I’d say everyone’s faces are different and maybe the mouth area needs some more shape. Have you seen this pattern? It is made from the dome shape. Yes, customize as much as you like… We all don’t fit in the same jeans!

  23. I can’t seem to print out the pattern either? I have many members that wear glasses. Myself included This looks like an awesome mask!!

  24. Could you please email this pattern to me? I tried downloading the PDF, but I can’t find the pattern anywhere to print. I love the look of this pattern, and I think it’s better than the ones I’ve tried so far.
    Thank you!

  25. I absolutely love this mask (Fitted Face Mask for Glasses). After making several different patterned throughout the summer and wearing them, I decided to make this one to wear for work. I am a teacher’s aide and our school is cooled by a “swamp” style cooling system. As a glasses wear, I dreaded having to wear a mask and fight the dreaded fogging until I wore your pattern. I made a mask for each day and walking down the hallway, I would overhear others saying, “I can’t see, my glasses are fogging up” or “I have to take my glasses off because I can’t see” but not me! I have already shared your website and pattern with others. Thank you!

  26. This is such an awesome mask! I’d love to make it, but I can’t figure out how to download the pattern! Can you please help me figure it out? Thanks!

  27. Thank you Thank you!! I just got done with your mask and it seens it will be terrific, Now how do I make them for a girl who is 12?? Am not really good at changing thing!!! Thank you

    1. Measure the mask against the child face size. Simple Math; take the measurement of her face ÷ the large mask measurement = __ %. Print the pattern that percent.

  28. Hi, I would like to try this pattern, I was able to print the pattern but I am having trouble printing the instructions. When I clicked the tab it took me to I site to download and extension which I did but I am unable to find the instructions to print Thanks

  29. hi Barb,
    Thanks for allowing us to use your pattern. I tried it tonight with huge results. Your instructions were great and photos sure helped! Making the nose piece was a great excuse to go buy a couple of cans of smoked oysters!
    Printed the download easily by loading to my phone then emailing the pdf to myself, opened computer and printed from there.
    Masks are mandatory now at work, the ones they issued us were horrible. This pattern beats those hands down.
    Thanks so much!

  30. Your designs are brilliant especially when it comes to spectacles.
    I’m guessing lots of people like myself have not followed a sewing pattern in years. So it’s not easy for us to know how to do each stage..
    Your still pictures and videos are good but they would be a lot easier to follow if you used an un patterned fabric ( it’s hard to see the outline of the nosepiece as it’s broken up into blocks of colour. ) Similarly the background needs to be a contrasting single colour. So we can see really clearly where the borders of each piece are. It may seem unnecessary to you but on screen it will make it really clear and easy to follow. The fabric on your irioning surface is particularly distracting. Yes we want to see finished masks in jazzy fabrics . But the instructions need to be clear and simple images. Please.

    1. I’m sorry, I was using what I had and trying to get it done ASAP. So many people have made the Olsen type mask that just adding a nose piece between seems simple. Thanks for the feedback.

  31. Love your idea of inserting a zip-tie channel. Is this channel sewn in the lining only? I use the Olson pattern and sew in a “Personal Protective Equipment Medical Barrie Fabric” (amazon.com) as a filter. This fabric is used as mask and Isolation Gown Fabric.. Although this fabric has a degree of stiffeness which keeps the fabric off the face your idea of inserting a zip-tie channel gives even more assurance of keeping fabric off the face. Please respond.

    1. Yes, it is inserted in the channel made by top stitching the seam allowance. If it frays too much or is too narrow, you could just us a strip on the bias to not fray. If your fabric is non-woven then it would be fine. ‘Hope that helps!

  32. You are the most patient woman I know of. I read through comments on the mask for glasses and can’t believe how many times you answer the same questions. This is just to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and your mask instructions are perfect. I have made three now and I consider your pattern my favorite out of 6 that I’ve done this year.

    1. HAHA!!! Yes, I have discovered a lot of tings since starting this blog, it’s a different world nowadays. I also still teach in post-secondary school so I am used to it. So kind of you too give your feedback! It takes a lot of work, so that makes it worthwhile. Stay safe…

  33. Is there a video using a lighter colored fabric. I’m really struggling with understanding it with the black thread on black material. I am just learning to use a sewing machine and majorly need visual cues. Looks like an awesome pattern but I am struggling.

    1. I’d measure the narrow part across the mask as fabric usually comes much wider than needed here. I use many of my remnants. Also, maybe some purging has some clothing that can be up-cycled!

  34. I do not really understand what to do with the nose piece after it is made… do I sew it to the main fabric piece and then flip it up and then sew on the lining? Thank you so much and I do love this pattern. I myself do not wear glasses but have not been able to find a pattern that perfectly forms to my nose.

    1. The nose piece is sandwiched between the outer and lining layers. I sew the nose piece to the outside layer first, then the lining. The outer and lining should be right sides together with nose piece between. Hope that helps!

  35. Tout d’abord un grand merci pour le partage de tous vos tutos incroyablement expliqués, ainsi que pour votre gentillesse à répondre à tous les commentaires. J’aimerai me faire ce masque très bien conçu pour les lunettes mais je n’arrive pas à avoir le patron pdf. Pourriez-vous me l’envoyer par mail s’il vous plaît. Pensez vous que je puisse le coudre dans une soie naturelle ( pongé pour la doublure ,et soie sauvage ou bourrette de soie) Est ce trop fragile ? Puis je le personnaliser avec des colorants à l’aniline ? Ou seulement avec des colorants naturels , et ce, au point de vue des risques pour la santé ? Merci beaucoup. Bonne continuation !.

  36. Your mask pattern was so good that I made a contribution to you as thanks. Grateful that you put the work into creating such a great pattern and even more grateful that you sent it out into the world.

  37. Just went to Microsoft Edge Browser instead of Chrome and was able to download pattern without a problem. Funny how Browsers work 🙂

  38. Have you found a way to adapt this pattern to accommodate a filter? It looks like a great pattern but I prefer the additional protection of a filter. Do you think extending the lining enough to create a fold-over finished edge at the side before assembling the mask, and extending the casing area a bit so it could be folded to meet, but not overlap, the lining, might work?

  39. Hi Barbara- I love this pattern for the face masks to wear with glasses! How long would you make an elastic to form a loop to be worn around the ear? Would you swe the ends together or tie them? Thanks again!

  40. Instead of zip ties I use boning in the front of the mask and that works wonderfully. Yours is the first mask that keeps it away from my mouth so I can breath and speak easily as well as keeping my glasses fog free!

  41. first of all thank you so much for this pattern. I love mine and I’d love to make one for my husband. Do you know if there would be an easy way to adjust the pattern or how I could possibly go about figuring this out? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 😊

    1. I’d measure his face and figure out what size it should be. Divide the desired size (whatever units you use) by the current size = __% (should be over 100%) to make it larger. The same would work for making smaller but opposite equation. Happy making!

  42. I love the design of this mask and am getting ready to try it myself. A friend mentioned that using sardine can lids for the nose piece would result in rusting when the mask is washed. Have you had that problem?

    1. I have not had that problem. As far as I know they are made of aluminum. Test your’s with a magnet to see if it’s steel. I have an under wire bra, no rust… We usually dry right away.

  43. Hello!
    I love the look of the nose piece, but I’m having issues getting to the pattern pdf. Are you able to email to me or let me know if there’s another link to it? Even the dimensions of the nose bit would be fantastic. Thank you so so much for providing this pattern ❤️

  44. Thank you for this great pattern! I don’t use a piece of metal but it still fits perfectly! If the fabric is too thin, I just double it up for the nose piece.

    1. You could leave an opening between the lining by not sewing it closed at the side casing. Fold the lining back more and only sew the outside layer as the casing. I hope you can understand that.

  45. Many thanks for putting the time into making all these mask patterns. I have been making your Ultimate Fitted Mask for my husband and the Fitted Face Mask for Glasses for me, and they are still my “go to” patterns! I have been using an 18-gauge electrical wire for my nose (they seem to stay down against my nose better than the metal nose pieces). I just sew them like piping where the metal nose piece would go in this pattern — fits great! Thanks again for all your hard work — I look forward to seeing where your craftiness takes you next!

  46. Thanks for this pattern. It is very pleasant. Many other patterns are very high up by the nose and close under the eyes. I did make the second mask a bit smaller at the ears and chin, because I have a small face.

    Warm greetings from the Netherlands

    1. Yes, the problems with washing are the way some washers tumble them. If you put them in a lingerie bag that will help or hand wash. The same as with underwire lingerie.

  47. First thank you so much. Do you have a pattern to make the frame that goes into the mask with glasses. ? Did you just use cardboard?

    Thank you

  48. Thank you for this terrific pattern – I made three of these this weekend. They are so much more comfortable than every other mask I’ve purchased or made. In fact, I wore for a 10-hour day working the polls yesterday!

  49. The instructions say to press the center seam open. However, when showing insertion of a zip tie for structure, it looks as though the center seam is pressed to one side. Is that the case? I am so excited to try this pattern. My daughter must wear a mask all day and I am enjoying sewing samples in search of a perfect mask. This just may do the trick. I have made 96 of the accordion type (not just for her but for her coworkers, neighbors, and other relatives) and they do in a pinch, but I’m thinking this one will be the Cadillac of masks! Thank you for so willingly sharing your patterns, directions and great tips. (I donated because you’re just too nice to take the time and energy to help the rest of us not to get more than a thank you for your efforts and generosity.)

  50. I have made almost 200 masks for our family, a friend’s workplace and several local schools. I can honestly say this is the best fitting mask I have found (and I’ve tried the majority of styles). I work in a school so I am very happy to have found this pattern. I just finished making two for myself and will be making more. Thank you so much!

  51. Hi Barb!
    Your Face masks for glasses is genius! I have sewn almost every type of mask there is and yours is a winner!!!
    I teach figure skating where cold rink air and hot breath create super fogged up glasses…but not with your pattern!
    I am now making these for all my fellow coaches YEAH!
    I’d like to try and make your pattern a bit bigger for men. Do you think enlarging it by an inch all around would work?
    Thank you for such a great pattern!
    Stay safe

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