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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Press the darts.
Next, press the darts toward the bottom of the mask.
Pin fabric sets.
Pin each fabric set with right sides together.
Next, pin the sets of fabric together at the nose seam.
Stitch nose seam.
Stitch the nose seam through all layers with 1/2″ seam allowance.
Trim nose seam.
Trim nose seam to 1/8″.
Press the nose seam.
Press the nose seam to the side.
Stitch the nose seam.
Stitch the nose seam 1/8″ from seam on same side as seam allowance.
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.
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.
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.)
Stitch side binding.
Stitch binding to short edges by topstitching close to inner folded edge.
Check out the inside view.
Trim binding flush to top and bottom mask edges. The inside of your mask should look something like this.
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.
Bend nose wire.
Fold ends of wire 1/2″ on each side; bend slightly as shown.
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.
Fold binding to attach.
Fold ends of binding in 1/2″ and pin to top edge of mask.
Pin top binding.
Binding should completely cover wire and elastic. Carefully pin so edges folded inside binding are not visible.
Topstitch top binding.
Topstitch along inner folded edge of binding, being very careful not to hit the wire with needle as you stitch.
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.
This is what your finished mask should look like.
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.
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.
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.
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