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This is Mary from jo-ann’s craft team here to
show you how you can make this mask if you’re looking for a way to help your
community while you’re at home to make your mask you will need cotton fabric
lightweight fusible interfacing quarter inch knit elastic a pencil scissors
ruler and piece of paper to make your pattern and of course basic sewing
supplies like a sewing machine thread and pin okay to make my pattern I’m
going to start by marking nine inches along the bottom of my paper from that nine inches I’m going to go
ahead and measure up six and then I’m going to go ahead and mark
this bottom 9-inch edge as being cut on the fold if you’re making these mess out of
scraps of fabric and your fabric is less than twelve by nine inches you are going
to want to go ahead and add an extra quarter of an inch along this length
here so that you can cut out of two pieces of fabric now I’m going to go
ahead I’m going to use a quarter inch seam allowance so I’m going to mark that
as well and this is going to help me mark where my pleats need to be so
there’s my quarter of an inch seam allowance along that side and now it’s
time to start marking my pleats so I’m going to take my ruler and I’m going to
line the eighth of an inch line up with my quarter inch seam allowance line and
this is going to give me the most evenly spaced pleats in the easiest way
possible so now I’m going to go ahead and mark the center points of my pleat
so this is the point that is folded outward so I’m going to mark at one and
a half inches then again at three inches and again at four and a half inches these are going to be 1/2 inch pleats
some also going to go ahead and mark with a dashed line where the rest of the
fabric for my pleat is going to take up so I’m going to mark out 1-inch and
again at two inches two and a half three and a half four and five then I’m going
to go ahead over to the opposite side of my mask and Mark those same points along
this edge working from this seam allowance edge down so that my pleats
match on both sides okay now that I have my finished pattern it’s time to cut out
my fabric so I’m going to go ahead and place this pattern on the fold of my
fabric and go ahead and cut out one I’ll also need to go ahead and cut out
the same piece out of my interfacing so now I have my interfacing applied to the
wrong side of my cotton fabric and I’ve got ahead and folded it right sides
together in half this way so that I have a 9-inch edge here and six inch edge
here before I start sewing I’m also going to need to cut two pieces of
elastic seven inches long each I’m gonna go ahead and pin my project
I’m a so along this edge first and I’m going to want to leave a section about
two and a half three inches long that is not sewn so I’m going to mark those
first and I like to put two pins together just as a reminder that I’m
supposed to do something different there okay let’s go take this and sew it okay
now that I have my edge sewn here with my open space in the center to turn it
right-side out I’m going to go ahead and place my elastic in so place it in each
end and tuck in the corner but just a little bit poking out there and you can
go ahead and pin this into place and then go ahead make sure your elastic
isn’t twisted and repeat in this top corner and then again on the other side okay so now that my elastic is pinned
into place I can go ahead and sew across both sides and I’ll want to make sure
that I’m back stitching really well across this elastic so it’s secured in
there okay both ends are securely sewn with my elastic caught inside so now I
can go ahead and turn this right side up now I’m gonna go ahead and take this
over to my ironing board give it a good press and tuck in the seam allowance on
the part that I’m going to need to shut closed
my mask is pressed it’s time to go ahead and mark my pleats using my pattern so
I’m lining up my seam allowance line and my folded line here and I’m going to go
ahead and mark the center of the pleat I’m also going to go ahead and mark the
bottom of each plate so in general I’m going to fold at that
center point and then fold again at that bottom point and that’s going to make up
my pleat so I’m going to go ahead and pin that into place so I’m going to take
this bottom pleat and fold it up and then mark it so from the side here
you’re going to want these pleats to kind of nest together so that you’re not
accumulating too much bulk here and then go ahead and fold that last pleat
everything nests together so I have three pleats there in the
center and I’m going to go ahead and repeat on this side now that my plates
are all marked I’m going to go ahead and sew around the entire perimeter of my
mask and that’s going to go ahead and catch those pleats and sew them flat and
also close up my opening down here so now that I’ve sewn around all sides and
removed my pins I have my finished face mask

James Carver

100 Replies to “How to Make a Face Mask”

  1. I know Joann’s is trying to be helpful, but I think this pattern that our local hospital recommends is a much more functional mask. There is a printable pattern. It has an opening so the med professional can put filter material inside. It has a wire sewn in at the nose, and it is shaped to fit the face.

  2. Why not just publish the pattern to down load instead of going through drawing it up? Then people can print it out and be with it.

  3. Serious question: why aren’t folks using bra cups for masks? And thank you for the tutorial — excited to try it.

  4. We know these won’t replace N95, BUT maybe these will help stretch the supply since we are being told to RE USE our N95 (America, huh), it can go over the N95. And maybe to save surgical masks, we can give these to patients on neutropenic precautions

  5. Kudos to everyone working on this. I’m very worried about the ill effects some of these masks may have in the way of fibers and what not that are constantly sucked into the lungs when worn. I would not use anything but cotton that has not been dyed or treated with chemicals. When I was a nurse I hated the masks with elastic around the ears quite frankly. They kill your ears and getting a decent fit is difficult. I would prefer ties that could be made from the same fabric or perhaps cotton twill. There are probably also people who like elastic around their ears

  6. Do these actually meet N95 standards or are these just the next best thing once the supply of N95 masks is depleted?

  7. 5ham i couldn't sleep , i want to help i want make mask , merci beaucoup help , i am a mother in the home do just my job housekeeper , i want to help community . sorry if my language is rude , i am french lady live in usa mo

  8. Thank you for the video tutorial, i have followed your video and made some adjustments like pipe on the sides for string instead of elastic, i have contributed a few maks to our community hospital and will do more. Thank you 🙏🏽

  9. 10 minutes to measure…pleat and sew a mask…because masks need to be drafted out to the tiniest of detail?

  10. Please check with your local area hospitals to see if the need for this type of mask is needed. Many are are just taking your email information and will contact you if they need them. This was what I found in my area. We all want to help but why make something that may not be useful?????

  11. QUESTIONS: My local hospital has asked us to follow this video… but they said to use the following materials:
    100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
    100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
    1/4” or 3/8” flat elastic
    Would I use another piece of 100% cotton fabric in place of the interfacing?  I think so, right?  Thank you so much!

  12. Masks aside, the best defence is a strong immune system. So eat well and take plenty of vitamin C. And of course lots of prayers asking God to protect you.

  13. This maybe a dumb a question but , what specific lightweight interfacing should be used? I'm new to interfacing so I just want to be sure

  14. Our local hospital is also asking for these. Thank you for the instruction, I will make some for them as well as family and neighbors.

  15. where is the lightweight fusible interfacing used? I cannot find any in my area. will the masks be useless if I attempt to try making these without that fiber?

  16. Step 1 should be throughly wash your hand and don’t touch your face. I doubt they’re being washed before being handed out

  17. Also, maybe you can put zip ties or something and sew it on the nose part so it can conform to your nose. We took off the used ones from the masks and disinfected them and sewed it in to make it stay in place better. Stay safe, everyone.

  18. hey people i would like to help by sewing these and i am trying to search the comments for more answers does anybody know if the we need the fusable interfacing stuff thanks
    also how long should the elastic be because people keep saying different stuff…
    thank you so much

  19. This is so tight that it smashes my nose. (No, I don't have a big nose.) Some people are making these bigger. I recommend that. Ties or around-the-head elastic work better for many.

  20. Hi everyone!. I live in NY and I'd like to be volunteer to make those masks, if you have any información I'd greatly appreciate it…. I believe that what all the nurses and doctors do to save lives is extraordinary. But they need to be safe first. It will be privilege to contribute and put safety first for those who need the most. Thank you!

  21. Most importantly, add an aluminum wire/tie to the top, so that the mask conforms to the nose bridge. Add an opening on both sides of the mask to "slide in" pm2.5 capable filters so that you can change out easily. Also, the elastic ear piece length would need to be long enough so that it is not too tight on the ears/too loose.

  22. Can we use fusible tape if we don’t have sewing machine? This will enable lot of us to make masks fast and share with health care professionals also this is as close as it can get to n95


    The above link will show you how to make a Hepa filter mask!!!

  24. Someone suggests using trash bag metal tie-tie on top for tighter seal/cover the face. Also, make it open end in case you run out of N95 mask, you can use tp, paper tower or coffee filters in between the layers to get the best result.

  25. I need some guidance please. I picked up a kit from JoAnns. 1. It is cut into two pieces and is 1/4” smaller (which I believe in the video says it needs to be 1/4” larger if in two pieces) 2. It does not contain interfacing. Should I not use interfacing? Please advise. I need to get started!

  26. Thank you for sharing your expertise on making face masks.
    I live in NSW Australia and we cannot get any anywhere.
    So this is really handy to know.
    Thank god I can sew!!!
    Keep safe everyone.

  27. Ok I was told we need to leave an opening for nurses to put a manufactur mask inside the home made. Does anyone have a video of those instructions?

  28. If we don't have a sewing machine, do you have any tips on what kind of stitch we should use when sewing by hand? (running or back stitch)

  29. Nurses have told us to change this pattern… you should have one color on the front and a different color on the back so that they can be identified, so if removed it is put back on correctly…. for those masks already made… use a permanent marker to mark the front

  30. I made a PDF pattern following your instructions. Here's the Google Drive Link:

  31. Would anyone out there be so kind as to publish the materials the N95 masks are made from? I don't know if that's a "trade secret" or not, but if it is, it's utterly selfish of 3M to do that to the entire world. If they're hoarding that information, they need to make it public. This is not only a world-wide epidemic, but it's literally wiping out huge swaths of our world-wide population, either directly or indirectly. That needs to stop. This is serious business. Anyway, if anyone does know what that material they use in those masks is, it would be a real blessing if they would give up the goods on that and save lives. If 3M can do it – so can the rest of us! And that's really what's needed here.

    In the meantime, I think the masks we're making here from cotton are a fantastic idea! I'm going to buy a heavy duty sewing machine and a bunch of cotton cloth with part of my $1200 as soon as that's done being voted in and the $$$ is in my bank account! I'm also going to see what I can do to donate to nurses, teachers of their kids, and so on, to try to help ease the burden on everyone, and I'm asking everyone who reads this, if you can, please do the same!

  32. Also if you double the height you can fold over and double the fabric and insert interfacing in between the 2 layers. That's what I've been doing and I think it adds another layer of filtration

  33. I was purchasing fabric at Joann Fabrics on Alpine in GR, MI on 3/23/2020 after my Dr appointment and was told by Joann employee cutting my fabric not to use fusible interfacing because of the chemicals used and people would be breathing that in and that it had to be sew in interfacing which makes sense. Just thought I would share that.

  34. Check your local produce department for twist ties that they use for produce. The local Kroger here gave me a large amount. I was able to put them between the 2 layers and zigzag across them. I may try stacking 2 or 3 for more stability.

  35. I added a twisting tie, like for a plastic bread storage bag. Before I sew up that 3” hole, I tucked the tie flat into one of the seam edges. Then sew close to it and on the sides to keep it in place while closing the hole Nose clip!,

  36. Hey, the virus is carried by tiny water droplets right? Would spraying waterproof spray increase the effectiveness of the masks?

  37. I want to help, but I don't have money to buy the materials, does anyone know of a company helping home sewers with materials? (other than Joann's, all stores in my area are closed)

  38. DO NOT BUY THE KITS. They are not corporate provided, they are pieces of unwashed fabric cut up by the employees in the store!

    Joann’s is using this as a claim to be an essential business exempt from stay-at-home/lockdown laws.

  39. I would caution using interfacing. These need to go through multiple washes, with bleach, and hot dried. The interfacing will shred very rapidly. I got this information from a few of the hospital websites I visited when looking for ones who needed them sewn up.

  40. Could the sides be gathered instead of pleated? Wouldn't that give enough room too? thanks for the great video.

  41. OK. I realized that hospital need masks and changes of masks for patients.
    They probably need all sizes, men women & children to keep them from spreading the virus in the ward or to staff, through sneezing or touching their faces then something or someone else, etc.

    If they have a lot of patients they won't have enough masks particularly for children.

    Now it makes sense.

  42. Thank you so much for doing this. I made a post on my website linking to your tutorial. You are an inspiration to me.

  43. I have never sewn but I wanna try. Does anyone have this pattern in a pdf. This seemed a little more complex that I anticipated

  44. I was told not to use interfacing because it can hold too much bacteria. I just double on 100% cotton. I checked with the recommendations for local hospitals what they need.

  45. Kelly Allen Also include the FACE SHIELD. These masks are worthless without the shield. so many people will be hurt.

  46. Vacuum cleaner bags were listed as highly effective filter material.. Are they free of toxic fibers and chemicals? Are they safe for masks?

  47. Hi, I'm trying to do these, but want to leave open so nurses can put insert in, so I need to know, "Does it matter if the pleats fold up or fold down while on face?" I'm asking because my fabric has a right side up, so I want to be sure the opening is on bottom. thanks

  48. Here's a way to add a bendy nosepiece:

    -Make the mask as instructed in the video
    -Open a length of bias tape. Line up the bias tape on one long end of the mask. (The side towards the user's face)
    -Sew along the bias tape seam. You should be able to fold the tape easily towards the inside.
    -Insert a piece of wire under the bias tape.
    -Fold the bias tape over and sew it closed, encasing the wire.

    Stay healthy, everyone!

  49. Thank you Joann Fabric for posting this video! It was so easy to follow, I appreciate that being I don't sew that often, but can figure things out, as I go… I will be sewing these mask and donating them back to you "Joann Fabric" for distribution as requested. God keep us all safe, and our medical staff and God bless Joann Fabrics!

  50. I live in WA state. Things are tightening up here; I am not sure JOANN counts as an 'essential' business concern, like a grocery or pharmacy. Not sure I can drop masks off there, as they may be closed, just like Pacific Fabrics. Should've phoned in the daytime, obviously…
    I am heading that way tomorrow, for something else that qualifies as 'essential'. If anyone can recommend alternate locations to drop these off that would not involve cruising the parking lot of a too-busy hospital, I am all ears. I suppose at the hospital, Security would stop me, and that is one point of contact, but not exactly ideal. Use cell phone and ask someone to come out? I've no need to go in. If police or fire stations were willing to see that masks make it into service, that would be easy for us, but just one more detail to fuss with in their lives. Ideas???

  51. Great video, I'm a sewer and have extra fabric, elastic and thread. I'm going to get busy making some of these great mask for family, friends and other's in need. Thank you & be safe!

  52. I made a DIY face mask and developed a pressure sore behind my ears from the elastic strap rubbing. Is there a way to prevent getting a pressure sore from the elastic strap. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

  53. Can I use something instead of the interface I have no access to any.thankyou. Is double layer of pure cotton OK.

  54. Please update this video – tell about interface, explain little "tabs" where you marked 1/4" on folded edge, make with ties instead of elastic, also drives me nuts that you didn't just put the pattern on the edge starting in the corner… time, waste less. But Thank you Joann's for getting this off the ground, great response!

  55. Joann Fabric…If you want to play the 'hero' then instead of encouraging people to go out and break state-mandated lockdown orders, SHIP THE MATERIALS FOR FREE TO PEOPLE!!!

  56. Make sure the inside and outside are different tightly woven fabrics. The masks are used over and over again and the staff needs to be sure they keep the same side to their face.
    If you run out of elastic make cloth ties of about 18 to 20 inches long
    Thank you for making them

  57. Some places are asking for tied masks. Bias tape would be a good and easy material. Also any ropey type trims. Be creative people.

  58. PLEASE consider making ———> <——-make these masks instead they help much more! If you don't have the materials from the linked post I provided, any mask is better than no mask, but if you have the materials use the linked one instead.

  59. If you can't find elastic, you can get elastic headbands at Dollar Tree. These elastic headbands come in groups of 3, 5, 7, and 12. Also you might be able to find T-shirts and Polo shirts there also. I bought 6 shirts and will be using then for material.

  60. Hi I just measured an N95 mask that I have here and it measures 9.5' wide by 8" from top to bottom (allowing for the bra cup shape). I worry that the measurements on this pattern will create a mask that is too small to go over one of these… I'm sure not all N95 masks are the same… Any thoughts? I'm thinking that a pattern that starts 10" x 8" might work better…

  61. Why doesn't joann's donate elastic and interfacing to people who will voluntary make masks? We can pick it up at the store!

  62. That's a lie Joann fabrics in fort walton beach Florida manager said they are not supplying the fabric or anything anymore

  63. The Joanne fabrics in fort walton florida would ok only comp the fabric from the sale bin…no ther supplies…

  64. As if today joanne fabric fort walton florida manager was real rude and said they are not comping anything anymore the program is over and gave me enough for 1 mask and 1 spool of thread ..told me to take it to whatever hospital I wish?

  65. Please let people know that they can go to Walmart or the equivalent type of store and purchase antiviral filter fabric to add a more protective layer to the mask. They need to look for an air filter like you would put on a furnace with a rating of MERV 13 or higher, MPR 1500 or higher, FPR of 10 or higher. Take the pleated “fabric” out of the frame, cut it, double it, and sew it as a layer into the mask. This will help filter out viruses.

  66. LGH accepting these handmade masks. Search your workshops! Vacuum HEPA vacuum cleanier bagss that can be put in middle of inner and outer layer of cloth might help to make even better if you have some

  67. A friend of mine who is a nurse is using coffee filters as the inside of the mask. I wish I knew how to sew. I'm going to try to make a few so maybe I can make them for my local hospital.

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