How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL
Erica Arndt
Get the FREE PDF PATTERN here:
Please visit CDC here on the proper use of homemade masks here:
2 pieces 100% cotton fabric: 6" x 9" (You can also cut up old 100% cotton t-shirts!)
1 piece cotton flannel for the lining OR 100% COTTON FABRIC: 6" x 9"
2 elastic strips: 1/8" x 6” women, 7” men, 5.5” children
7" x 9" - adult male
6" x 9" - adult female
5" x 7" - child size, make elastic 5.5" long.
OUT OF ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18”-20” in length.
See my video on how to make a mask with fabric ties here:
OPTIONAL: To make the nose are a fit better you can sew a wire ribbon, pipe cleaner, or baggie tie to the lining piece before sewing all three layers together. :)
*** Masks are re-usable, but must be sanitized before/after each use! Machine wash warm and tumble dry low. ***
* Use tightly woven cotton fabric, or hospital grade material.
* Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for mask that will be donated.
* Contact local health facilities to see if they are in need of donations.

Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!
In addition to helping medical staff during critical shortages, these masks can be used at home as well. While wearing homemade face masks will not prevent against catching a respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone sneezes or coughs.
* Fabric: 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric (I used a line from Bonnie and Camille for Moda)
* Juki TL2000 Qi:
* Aurifil 50wt Thread:
* Oliso Pro Smart Iron:
* Scissors:
* Wonder Clips:
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Vintage Spring Quilt Pattern:
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  • Bonnie Egbert
    Bonnie Egbert

    I have made 20 of these in the past two days. I watched many videos first and kept coming back to this one, by far the easiest to follow. I've done adult size, 2 kids sizes and made a template for a 10 month old. Some I am sending off to Oregon and NYC where I have family the rest are going to family here in Houston. I would be happy to make more for donations as well.

  • Toby Quest
    Toby Quest

    So how do you put these on? Does the elastic loop around the ears? If so, that doesn’t seem it would hold very well. I would think the straps should go across the mask instead of down the sides

  • beezus bhrist
    beezus bhrist

    PSA: wearing non n95 masks does nothing if youre not sick infact if your not sick they trap unclean air closer to your face making it easier for you to get sick if youre not already sick this will help nothing it will only increse your risk of infection my aunt whos a nurse in new york as said dozens of people who probs wouldve been ok are now infected because traped air stays there doctors wear this because of hyper sensitivity also making these out of germ filled bandanas is a death sentence please be safe guys

  • Cindy M
    Cindy M

    What is the purpose of the pleats? They are almost too thick for my machine needle to get through.

  • S Lee
    S Lee

    I have made two so the hang of it on the second one, but the bent the sewing machine needle sewing through the folded layers. Any suggestions? Maybe a special needle to sew through three layers of folded fabric? I do have a denim needle.....

  • Sade Carswell
    Sade Carswell

    Thank you! My friends and I are essential workers and are definitely need of face maske for protection. I watched 4 other videos before I got to yours and you were the first one to suggest ironing the pleats before sewing. That helped so much. Again thank you!

  • Chatty Kathie
    Chatty Kathie

    My local police department just ask for homemade mask. I have enough elastic for 6.i need more.

  • Sheree Fojut
    Sheree Fojut

    Thank you so much ! I’m going to make these for my family 💗

  • Anna Walker
    Anna Walker

    Why did you use a flannel piece in the middle?

  • Shawna Johnson
    Shawna Johnson

    I don't have flannel. Can I just use 3 pieces of cotton? Will that protect against anything?

  • Debbie Blount
    Debbie Blount

    Help! I dont sew so this is a challenge. I didnt understand; when you make these masks do you leave the 2.5 inch opening on both sides? Thanks!

  • Khloë Le Chaton
    Khloë Le Chaton

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was using a different pattern before that required trim, but all the trim is sold out now, so this pattern will be much more practical with the limited materials I have.🖤

  • Liana Wu
    Liana Wu

    Hi this really helpful I love it! But can you put these in the washer? And also can you change the fabrics in the video you used?

  • sun1dance

    Thank you for using clips instead of pins, the public needs to know that is the safe way to make the masks.

  • Gregory Farley Jr
    Gregory Farley Jr

    Great video!!! I’m just happy that people are starting to take this coronavirus/covid 19 pandemic seriously finally!!! I have been saying everyone needs to wear a mask for 3 weeks now!!! Everyone was saying a mask won’t help or stop anything!!! If everyone just stops for a moment and stop thinking about themselves, and to think about the big picture here... the only way WE are going to beat this killer virus is to work TOGETHER and protect ourselves/ protect others by doing what is now routine here @ home in West Philadelphia PA... GLOVE UP & MASK UP!!! Also my beautiful friend Ashley who sent me this link lol (Hi IGGY!!!! 😘) is getting ready to start an assembly line making these with some awesome fabric like Batman and marvel lol. Everyone stay safe and healthy and god bless!!!

  • Noelle Johnson
    Noelle Johnson

    Very well done, tutorial, thank you! Looks easy enough.. Going to get started on some!

  • Chatty Kathie
    Chatty Kathie

    I don’t have much elastic if I make the mask fabric longer could I use less elastic?

  • e sexton
    e sexton

    A pipe cleaner cut into 4” pieces works great as a nose piece!

  • Barb Ceranski
    Barb Ceranski

    Erica do you have a tutorial for this type of mask with a pocket for a filter?

  • Nancy Ramos
    Nancy Ramos

    Do I have to wash these everytime I go outside?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      Yes, I would recommend washing between each use.

  • chris La Framboise
    chris La Framboise

    Can we just use 3 layers of cotton? If that’s all we have and not planning to go out, just in case?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt


  • Merritt Crabtree
    Merritt Crabtree

    Could you use fleece fabric instead of the cotton?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      I wouldn't use fleece, I think it's too hot.

  • Diana Cordero
    Diana Cordero

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made my first one today and it was perfect!! God bless you!!

  • annetzia

    if i dont have fleece can i just layer the same fabric a few times?

  • Kali Bosse
    Kali Bosse

    Are you selling these? I need a couple due to I come in contact with patients due to I pass out food trays

  • Allan Rogers
    Allan Rogers

    I have add a single piece of coated #12 copper house wire 5 in long in the top edge . You can then form to the nose for a better seal and keeping your glasses from fogging . Found the easiest way was to open one end of the top a little and slide in above the stitch line

  • CandleMakerMovies

    Thank you for this!! So easy and now I can make many for my friends and family to stay safe.

  • Deb Eisenmenger
    Deb Eisenmenger

    Nursing Home employees are using these also, and always in need of more.

  • The Lit Studios
    The Lit Studios

    Donate? Aww that’s so sweet, but if someone took the time and money to make 100s of these, the hospital can cut them a check ❤️

  • Ashley Blocher
    Ashley Blocher

    Are u selling these?

  • Julie Henry
    Julie Henry

    Wonderful video...thank you for sharing! Just wanted to add that I found the flannel layer to be too hot. So, I make it without that layer. The elastic you used is 1/4 inch wide - and hard to come by. Some people are using hairbands - like when you use to put hair in ponytail. They just fold the fabric back onto itself, because hairbands are a complete circle. Since it is 100 percent cotton, it is a good idea to launder the fabric and put in the dryer for shrinkage. I didn't do that with my first mask, and it shrunk quite a bit. Also, for the nose crimping, I insert a double layer of floral wire covered by thread, otherwise the ends poke out. Thanks again, and congratulations on the 4 million hits!!!!

  • Srey Lay Yoeum
    Srey Lay Yoeum

    I followed this pattern and made about 30 masks, they’re gone fast. Donated to nurses and elderly in the area. I love to sew and Thank you so much for sharing🙏🏻 God bless !

  • Marcus Harvey
    Marcus Harvey

    I’m a guy and never sewed before in my life, what type of sewing machine should I get? Could I use one of those cheap mini machines to make these?

  • Sylvia Rivera
    Sylvia Rivera

    Hi Erica. Thank you so much for your instructions on the DIY mask. What can I use in place of flannel?

  • Stacey Hall
    Stacey Hall

    Thank you foe teaching me this

  • Babe Penguin
    Babe Penguin

    New sub here thanks to the great mask tutorial!

  • Myndi Garcia
    Myndi Garcia

    I have been trying to figure out an alternative to the interfacing because it’s practically sold out everywhere. I have a BUNCH of flannel though!! So grateful for this. Honestly you have no idea

  • Wooly Bugger
    Wooly Bugger

    Great job Erica. Extra tip for you and everyone out there. Sew a peace of 18 gage florist wire into the portion that covers the nose for a form fit.

  • Valerie Crosby
    Valerie Crosby

    You can cut the elastic's width too :) Great video.

  • Terry Wood
    Terry Wood


  • Bailey Wilson
    Bailey Wilson

    If I only have flannel material does anyone know if that's okay? It is higher quality 100% cotton.

  • alexxis Okafo
    alexxis Okafo

    Lovely video, very helpful. Please what can be used in place of the cotton flannel?? Any advice please?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      Just use 100% cotton

  • ivory roberts
    ivory roberts

    I love your mask. Thank you

  • kendrickalex

    this is a great mask I've made 50 thus far and I'm still going but I have request for kids. I'm thinking of keeping everything the same but shortening the 9 inch length to 6-7 inches. Any recommendation for a Childs face mask?

  • Pari Chehrehsa
    Pari Chehrehsa

    Thank you for sharing Erica, God bless. I am a High School Art & Fashion teacher in Canada, and was planning to create a video tutorial for making mask for my students and post it in my online classroom, so they could make masks for their family members and possibly for our school district. But when I came across your video I thought I share your video instead. Please let me know if you are allow me permission to do so. I love how you created the PDF files too. Thank you!

  • inzanezcopez1

    Where can we get the fabric

  • Janine Frogge
    Janine Frogge

    Thanks, the best one I’ve seen!!

  • Lourdes Banks
    Lourdes Banks

    Simple & cute

  • Laine

    This is wonderful! Thank you!

  • Sylvia Higgins
    Sylvia Higgins

    How do I reduce this pattern to fit a child?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      That info is in the description box below the video.

  • Courtney Field
    Courtney Field

    Thank you! I haven't sewn in years, but I dragged out my old sewing machine and made a mask for each member of my family. Thanks for your easy to follow, quick, no unnecessary chatter, video on how to do it, You're an excellent teacher!

  • Rebecca Jensen
    Rebecca Jensen

    Hi, can this be done w/o a sewing machine but rather by hand?

  • Dereon Shearry
    Dereon Shearry

    This helped me so much thank you ❤️.

  • Sarah Hill
    Sarah Hill

    What exactly did she use in the middle because I've been using interfacing but now there's a shortage 🥺

  • Lydia Slotke
    Lydia Slotke

    What size would I cut for a child?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      That info is in the description box below the video and in the PDF Download.

  • amykolby

    This was the best instructional video yet. Thank you.

  • Trisha Geri
    Trisha Geri

    i dont have any of this

  • Nant Thu
    Nant Thu

    Thank you

  • Ronnie Holloway
    Ronnie Holloway

    Mam, I really appreciate this tutorial! I am trying to make my own mask by scratch, so I really appreciate the fact that someone knows how to do this! I was needing to do the elastic and I was completely confused on my own, so thanks so much, because you helped a lot!

  • James Dietz
    James Dietz

    Thank you for posting this! I am not a "sew-er" by any stretch of the word... don't even have a sewing machine, so I will have to sew these by hand for me and my family. Your instructions make it easier for a guy like me to wrap his head around what need to be done! Thank you once again!!!

  • Kiki Love
    Kiki Love

    I want to make a whole lot just in case the hospital starts asking

  • Denis Huneault-Joffre
    Denis Huneault-Joffre

    After seeing a photo of a mask I made using your tutorial I was asked by a Dentist friend if I could make these for front line medical workers to put over their n95 masks. The n95 mask would be reusable and the cloth mask washable in the hospital laundry facility. I looked at an array of videos to see if I could find any tricks or tips and this one was the clearest and quickest to make. Thanks!

  • Fran McNamara
    Fran McNamara

    Your instructions are wrong,the long piece should be top to bottom not side to side, that way it would fit properly and you would be able to get three folds. Otherwise the basic concept is good

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martin

    what size fabric would you cut to make these masks for children, ages 3-10? Thank you!

  • Jeanette Davis
    Jeanette Davis


  • Alyssa Evenson
    Alyssa Evenson

    What size would you make it for a child’s size mask? Or would it still be the same size?

  • batty9

    Used this pattern to make my masks. Thank you!

  • Susan Allen
    Susan Allen

    These are not "medial" masks. This woman should be sued for this claim if anyone gets ill. Please watch one of the videos by doctors who are not MNsoft idiots. They tell you how to make masks properly with openings that you can put filters into, and the types of filters you should use.....a little more "medical".

  • Bree Gowie
    Bree Gowie

    I'm 14 years old and me and my mom are making them ( for t he last two weeks ) and this was the first time I sewed.

  • Susan Mooring
    Susan Mooring

    The elastic won't stay around my ears, it pops right off. I tried tightening and loosening the elastic but with the same result. Any thoughts?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      Make the elastic shorter :) or try the fabric ties:

  • S W
    S W

    Great tutorial and easy to understand! Thank you!

  • Cassie Marie
    Cassie Marie

    Thank you!!

  • Charlotte Whitney
    Charlotte Whitney

    Amazing job thanks a lot

  • Angie with AngiesWeb
    Angie with AngiesWeb

    I wonder if you can leave a pocket to fill with air-filter material, that might would be even more protective. I saw a video of a doc who sewed one hisself with this material

    • Angie with AngiesWeb
      Angie with AngiesWeb

      @AdobeRose1 I want to sew in a pocket and remove the filter material before washing

    • AdobeRose1

      Is the air filter washable?

  • Shannon Angel
    Shannon Angel

    What is the purpose of the flannel lining? Is it necessary?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      You can just use three layers of 100% cotton fabric if you don't have flannel.

  • יקירית כהנוביץ
    יקירית כהנוביץ

    Hi! Don't we need to add a wire to the top of the mask?

  • Stephen Hammock
    Stephen Hammock

    I heard the solution from a Lowes employee. Use a Filtrete 1500 MPR Ultra Allergen Air Condition filter and make your mask from the material inside.

  • rhonda wheeler
    rhonda wheeler

    These are so simple, thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to try making them.😊

  • Alex

    This is so smart and wholesome. Thank you for the tutorial. Will be sharing it

  • Johanna Isaac
    Johanna Isaac

    Do you have a tutorial of one with a filter pocket?

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