Links to free sewing patterns, instructions & tips.
If you’re a sewist looking to make DIY face masks, we’ve pulled together some information for you. Our collaborator, Laura, at Trash To Couture has instructions to share for making masks with elastic and tie options. We have tips from teammates who have tested popular mask projects, with links to instructions and free patterns.
We’re providing this information because as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies run low across the nation, some health care facilities are accepting home-sewn face masks as supplemental supplies. If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to reach out to your local hospital and see what they are accepting or needing.
Some individuals also like the peace of mind that wearing a mask provides.
Please note: DIY face masks are not intended to prevent infection or disease.
Trash To Couture face mask tutorial.
Jump over to Trash To Couture to grab the sewing tutorial for the face masks that Laura created.
Optional loops with fabric.
If elastic is not available or on-hand, there are options provided in the tutorial for using jersey T-shirt fabric in place of elastic. The first option is to create loops with fabric.
Optional ties with fabric.
Another option is to use the jersey T-shirt fabric to make ties.
Craft Passion face mask tutorial and free pattern.
This mask was created using a pattern from Craft Passion by our teammate, Robin. This project calls for elastic cord. Any elastic between 1/8”-5/8” can be used to make this pattern. There are many products in this width in the Dritz range. Mask shown uses ¼” white elastic.
Visit this page over at Craft Passion to see the full instructions, tips and comments from other makers, and to download the free pattern. Make sure to add a seam allowance to the free PDF template.
Robin’s pro tip.
Before cutting fabric to make a large quantity of face masks, cut fabric and make one face mask to completion to ensure everything is correct!
Also, in the interest of time, the top stitching step was not done on this mask.
Paradiso Designs face mask tutorial and free pattern.
Elastic supply details.
At the time of this blog post’s publication, the supply of elastic in the US retail market is tight. Search for Dritz elastic online and continue to reach out to retailers regularly as the supply situation continues to change.