Introduction: Simple Fitted Facemask

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DIY Simple Fitted Facemasks V1.0

This produces a very simple and fast to make cloth mask. Adjust size as needed.
Fact: Cloth masks should not replace PPE (N95) masks for airborne viruses. Only proper PPE with handwashing is effective! Please read this cloth mask study. Lots of caveats with cloth masks. Un-validated improvements for cloth masks:

Please add a non wicking layer between the inner and out mask. Examples: netting, tulle etc. There needs to be a moisture barrier. This non -wicking layer can be inserted in the pocket

Wearers: Replace cloth masks often, like after lunch! and wash hands after taking it off. If you need a medical like facemask please see this Medical Like Facemask.

If you can only hand sew please take a look at these instructions (Japanese Facemask). It looks awesome and can be sewn by hand! If you are more cautious you can use theCDC mask.

For the rest of us with random supplies and lower skills, then this page is for you.


  • 4 piece ~7 by 5 inch piece of cloth. (Either Linen or Cotton)
  • 1 ~ 4in long 24 guage wire, paper clip, If for personal use bag ties or pipe cleaner work
  • (optional) 2 ~4 inch long bias tape. This can be made from 1 1/2" wide ribbon or quilt/blanket edging material.
  • Thread: any color

Step 1: Cut 4 Pieces of Cloth

  • Trace out the pattern on to four piece of cloth and cut it out.
    • NOTE: If you are not using bia tape then EXTEND the top cloth (shown in blue) by 1.5 inches
  • (shown in white) On the inside cloth only! Fold over and sew the edge opposite of the curve edge.
  • (repeat 2x) Sew together with two (with "nice" side touching each other) pieces together along the CURVE edge only.
    • Shown: Blue to Blue and White to White.
  • Cut little triangles out on the curve edge.

Step 2: Sew the Two Pieces Together

  • Open up the two sewn pieces and put them together with the NICE side touching on the inside.
  • Sew the top and bottom edges together.

Step 3: (Optional) Add Bia Tape

If you did not extend the top cloth (shown in Blue). Sew one edge of the bias tape to the top cloth.

Step 4: Add Top Stitch

  • Flip the cloth so that it is right side out.
  • Using a straight stitch,, sew a top stitch to the top and bottom of the mask.

Step 5: Sew the Slot for Elastic/string

  • On the top cloth fold over the the extra cloth on each end
  • Sew along the edge. This should create a channel for elastic/ string to slide through.

Step 6: Add Nose Slot

  • Sew a channel near the top of the mask
    • 4" long ~1/4 wide

This nose slot is to allow a pipe cleaner, bag tie 24 gauge wire to slide in so that mask can conform to a person's face.

Step 7: Finished!

Congratulations. You are finished.

ADD: Elastic or ribbon to attach to face.

This mask should be roomy enough to add a filter.

Step 8: