Sewing Tutorial: New Mask Patterns, Custom Fit

February 3, 2021

Our detailed measuring guides ensure a comfy fit that’s uniquely yours.

Practice makes perfect, isn’t that how it goes? Our latest face mask patterns address comfort and fit, and they look pretty darn professional, too. While there are many mask styles out there, a mask that truly fits your face is a wonderful thing! Our in-depth guides, instructions and patterns are a great resource to make your best – and hopefully last – face mask.

DIY lanyard and cloth face mask

DIY cloth face masks and package of Dritz elastic

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Let’s talk about the fit, because that is really their winning feature. These masks have fewer gaps because they’re made using detailed face measurements; the bias cut also helps your mask conform to your face. The addition of darts and a nose seam provide structure. Finally, the masks are finished with bias binding and comfortable elastic that doesn’t bind.

Mask Measurement Guide

Measure your face for a perfect fit.

Faces are different sizes, so it makes sense that masks should vary from person to person as well. Print out our detailed instructions/measuring guide and take the 2 measurements shown above to make your custom mask.

Dritz and Omnigrid supplies for sewing cloth face masks

Gather your supplies, print pattern & cut fabric pieces.

In addition to the detailed instructions/measuring guide, you need to print the face mask sewing pattern and cut the pattern to size as per your face measurements. Use the sewing pattern to cut your 2 sets of fabric (you need 4 pieces of fabric total: 2 pieces for the lining and 2 pieces for the outside of the mask).

Other basic sewing supplies are listed in the instructions and shown above.

Tools of note: the 4mm Dritz face mask elastic is a handy prepack of elastic, especially for mask making. The Dritz bias tape maker is essential for easily making bias tape for binding.

DIY cloth face mask: stitch the dart of a cloth face mask with sewing machine

Get started: stitch the darts.

Mark darts on the wrong side of cut fabric pieces. Fold each cut piece right sides together along the center line of the dart. Stich from the edge to the point to finish each dart.

DIY cloth face mask: press dart

Press the darts.

Next, press the darts toward the bottom of the mask.

DIY cloth face mask: pin sets of masks

Pin fabric sets.

Pin each fabric set with right sides together.

DIY cloth face mask: pin nose

Pin nose.

Next, pin the sets of fabric together at the nose seam.

DIY cloth face mask: stitch nose seam

Stitch nose seam.

Stitch the nose seam through all layers with 1/2″ seam allowance.

DIY cloth face mask: trim nose seam

Trim nose seam.

Trim nose seam to 1/8″.

DIY cloth face mask: press nose seam

Press the nose seam.

Press the nose seam to the side.

DIY cloth face mask: topstitch nose seam

Stitch the nose seam.

Stitch the nose seam 1/8″ from seam on same side as seam allowance.

DIY cloth face mask: topstitch dart

Topstitch dart.

Starting at side edge topstitch darts through all layers. At point of dart, pivot, stitch 3 stitches, pivot again and stitch parallel to dart seam to edge of mask.

DIY cloth face mask: use tool to make binding

Use tool to make binding.

Cut bias strips 1-7/8″ wide and use a bias tape maker to form binding following the package instructions.

DIY cloth face mask: press binding

Press the binding.

Press long edges of the binding together aligning folded edges. (You can also watch this quick YouTube video to see the bias tape maker in action.)

DIY cloth face mask: stitch side binding

Stitch side binding.

Stitch binding to short edges by topstitching close to inner folded edge.

DIY cloth face mask: inside view with side binding

Check out the inside view.

Trim binding flush to top and bottom mask edges. The inside of your mask should look something like this.

DIY cloth face mask: stitch elastic

Stitch elastic.

Pin elastic so it loops away from the mask. Ends should cover side binding and be parallel to top and bottom edges. Zigzag elastic in place.

If elastic starts to creep or stretch under presser foot, stop with the needle in the fabric, raise foot and lower it again; continue stitching.

DIY cloth face mask: bend nose wire

Bend nose wire.

Fold ends of wire 1/2″ on each side; bend slightly as shown.

DIY cloth face mask: attach wire

Attach wire.

Center wire at top edge of mask. Using a zigzag stitch set at 3 wide by 3 long, zigzag slowly over wire. Use caution as wire can flip. Do not hit wire with machine needle.

DIY cloth face mask: fold binding

Fold binding to attach.

Fold ends of binding in 1/2″ and pin to top edge of mask.

DIY cloth face mask: pin top binding

Pin top binding.

Binding should completely cover wire and elastic. Carefully pin so edges folded inside binding are not visible.

DIY cloth face mask: topstitch top binding

Topstitch top binding.

Topstitch along inner folded edge of binding, being very careful not to hit the wire with needle as you stitch.

DIY cloth face mask: stitch bottom binding

Stitch bottom binding.

Pin and stitch binding to bottom edge of mask, making sure elastic is covered and all stray edges of the binding are tucked inside.

DIY cloth face mask with elastic

You’re done!

This is what your finished mask should look like.

Making a mask for a child? Follow the same steps and use our measuring guide/instructions and this sewing pattern for children.

DIY cloth face mask with elastic

Mix & match binding & mask fabrics.

Remember you can make the binding out of a contrasting fabric pattern to give your mask a one-of-kind look.

DIY lanyard and cloth face mask

Add a lanyard.

To keep you mask handy during mask breaks, add a lanyard. Need help? We’ve got a tutorial for that. Lanyards are super easy to make and very handy to have.

woman and kid wearing cloth face masks

Stay safe out there!

So while we all really hoped that we would not still be talking about masks this year, we are. The good news is that we’ve learned a lot along the way, and this pattern really addresses how the mask fits your face, how it feels when you wear it and how it looks! Wear one when you need to, and make the best of it.

Be sure to reference all of our nonmedical DIY face mask info – you’ll find content for all levels of sewing, patterns, inspiration, FAQs and more.


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