Introduction: DIY Fabric Face Mask (Rectangle) - Hand Sewn Technique

About: Knitter, Textile creator, Designer, Teacher. Passionate about recycling and upcycling.

This face mask only uses hand sewing techniques.

It is intended as a barrier for coughing and sneezing, but it is not a medically tested mask prototype.

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Kit you'll need:

  1. Sewing needles
  2. Sewing thread
  3. Scissors
  4. Fabric scraps
  5. Elastic / hairband

If you already have a rectangle of fabric, skip to Step 8.

I would like to add a set of machine sewn mask tutorials in various styles.This mask took me a slow 5 hours over 3 days (taking photos always makes the process a little longer). In the future, I will also upload a lavender eye mask design which I will has for helping with more restful nights sleep.

Step 1: Pick Your Mask Template

The rectangular mask has a few components:

  • Double sided fabric
  • 4 folds creating overlaps
  • 2 elastic loops for ears

Step 2: Overlap and Sew First Pieces

My goal was to use waste textiles that I already had.

I had 4 small fabric scraps to start with. I used some offcuts of organic cotton from Offset Warehouse.

If you already have a rectangle of fabric, skip to Step 8!

Step 3: Running Stitch (doubled)

Step 4: Open Out and Sew Edges Flat

Then I connected these two pieces into one large piece.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 2-4

Step 6: Check Measurements Against Template

Step 7: Sew Together Large Pieces (repetition of Previous Steps)

Step 8: Hem the 2 Longest Edges

These long edege will be the upper and lower edges, nearest to your eyes/nose and chin/neck.

Step 9: Mark Out the Folds With Pins

  • Mark out the folds with pins
  • Crease along lines (can use iron)

Step 10: Fold and Pin in Place

Step 11: Check the Edges Are Folded and Pin in Place

Step 12: Next: Baste-stitch and Stitch the Shorter Edges

Step 13: Add the Elastic Ear Straps

Step 14: Finish the Mask and Make Adjustments