There are so many mask making tutorials available out there, which is wonderful, but can also be a bit overwhelming. We've rounded up ten that we think are easy to follow and easy to make while also remaining comfortable and effective.
There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield says, “We are not defenseless against COVID-19,...Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”
The Sewing Community's ability to make mask-making accessible to everyone, protect communities, and encourage people to stay safe and healthy is truly inspiring.
Here is our list of Ten of Our Favorite Free Mask Patterns...
2. Sookie Sews
Sookie Sews also has three versions of DIY masks. Her Gaiter Facemask is great because it features a nose bridge, ensuring it stays in place and is great for those who wear glasses. It's also a reversible design- so you get two mask designs in one! This tutorial is very easy to follow and she provides so many useful tips! She also has a Scarf Face Mask Tutorial and a Creative Grid Face Mask Template Tutorial which are both amazing.
3. Amy Barickman
This video round-up of face mask patterns, fabrics, tools and tips is a great resource for all things mask making! Amy Barickman shares truly valuable information that will enable you to make your own masks. She includes some clever shortcuts to make the whole process much easier! She shares a printable PDF with instructions for 3 styles and a list of helpful tools.
4. Diary of a Quilter
Amy of Diary of a Quilter tested out several different mask making techniques to arrive at a method that is simple and fast. In this tutorial, she shows you how to make a quick and easy DIY fabric face mask and where to find the best elastic for face masks that is softer and less irritating.
5. Angela Wolf Fashions
Why not look great, while staying safe! In this video, Angela from Angela Wolf Fashions shows you how to design and sew a face wrap. Check out this video!
6. By Annie
This quick-to-make mask has pleats on each side for expansion and elastic (or fabric) ties on top and bottom help keep the mask snug against the face and are adjustable for comfortable wearing. A flexible wire inserted at the top of the mask allows the wearer to shape the mask to fit more closely around the nose.
Visit their website to get started and if you need guidance, be sure to check out their Add-on Video here.
7. Sew Can She
Learn how to sew an easy face mask using Caroline's easy to follow instructions and free pattern templates. Even if you haven’t sewn face masks before - she makes it super simple! She has also provided a video tutorial so you watch the process.
The Olson Mask Pattern was designed by medical professionals to be used when other surgical and N95 masks are not available. This is such a great pattern for homemade face masks because it is curved to fit the nose and mouth area, and there is a pocket on the inside to hold a filter if you want to use one! Check out her written instructions on her blog or watch her YouTube video. Check out her channel for additional mask tutorials!
8. Clover USA
This mask is super simple and quick to make! Make one for you and everyone in your family in no time! Follow written instructions on their blog and watch the video tutorial!
9. Quilting Cowboy
Dale of Quilting Cowboy has a great video tutorial for mask making. This step by step demonstration will allow you to make a washable and reusable mask. His free downloadable mask pattern is available here.
10. Made Everyday
Dana from Made Everyday offers a free tutorial and pattern on her blog.
After trying different styles, Dana settled on her favorite and has thankfully taken the time to share it with all of us. The mask covers the mouth and nose well, is easy to make, and uses ties (rather than elastic) for a comfy and adjustable fit. Just cut strips of knit fabric, or cut up an old t-shirt or leggings! There's also an opening at the bottom of the mask, so a filter piece can be added.
There you have it: ten free mask-making tutorials. Stay tuned for more or share your favorite tutorials. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!