Fabric face mask w/ filter pocket

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Hi everyone! Today I’m showing you how to make your own fabric face mask. I know that face masks are not easy to find these days, so I thought that I would like to have some extra protection. So, I made fabric masks for myself and my family.

You can watch my video tutorial here:


Here’s what you need:

  • main fabric: 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (9″ x 5″ for child – my daughter is 5 yrs old and it fits her nicely);
  • lining – 2 pieces measuring: 7″ x 5″ (7″ x 4″ for child);
  • elastic (13″-14″ long) – I would recommend a 6 mm wide elastic as it’s more comfortable than the round elastic.

As a filter you can use: disposable face masks filter pads (saw these on Amazon, but not sure if they have them in stock anymore) or dried wet tissue or just toilet paper. The filters need to be changed every time you use the mask (do not reuse them!) and masks need to be washed daily.

First cut your fabrics

Take your lining pieces and fold one of the long sides, then sew it.

Put the lining pieces on top of your main fabric, making sure the right sides are on the inside.

Turn your fabric and press down the seams. Use an iron to flatten them down and make a seam close to the edge. This way it will keep its shape after washing.

Make the pleats of the mask: use your fingers to pinch the fabric and fold it. Fix it into place with a few pins. Do this 3 times so you’ll have 3 pleats (you can make them as wide or narrow you want).

Use your iron to flatten the pleats, then sew them taking the lining edges as a guide.

Fold the extra fabric from the sides twice towards the lining edges, creating a gap for your elastic. Make a seam and pass the elastic through it. Tie the elastic in a knot and rotate it so the knot will go on the inside, so it will not be visible and you’re done.


Stay safe! Stay home!


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