The EASIEST DIY Cloth Face Mask Tutorial – Beginner Sewing

This really is the EASIEST face mask tutorial you can find… it only has TWO places to sew! You can find a video tutorial of this pattern at the end of the post, but here are the written instructions for you of (seriously) the EASIEST mask you can make.

Here’s what you need for this simple mask tutorial:

  • 100% Cotton scrap fabric, bandana, or scarf (12 X 18in)
  • 2 hair tie elastics or shoe lace
  • Basic Sewing Machine

Start with a piece of fabric roughly 18in X 12 in. You’ll want to use 100% cotton that has a small weave. You can also up-cycle a t-shirt, pillowcase, sheet, scarf, bandana, or scrap fabric from another project.

easiest mask - cloth face mask tutorial

Fold in half (hamburger style?) RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER – now it should look 12in x 9in!

easiest mask - cloth face mask tutorial

Sew along the 12in side to create a tube like structure.

Turn right side out and place the seam in the middle. This will be the inside of the mask and wont be seen.

easiest mask - cloth face mask tutorial

Make pleats in 2-3 places, it doesn’t have to be exact, you’re really just looking to make the fabric skinner to place the elastics on. This step is seen a bit easier in the video below.

Put the hair tie elastics on the ends of each side.

easiest mask - cloth face mask tutorial
easiest mask - cloth face mask tutorial

Fold the ends over the elastics and pin or wonderclip in place.

easiest mask - beginner cloth face mask tutorial
easiest mask - beginner cloth face mask tutorial

Use a zig zag stitch to sew the ends down. There will be quite a bit of fabric here, just run over it! Don’t be shy. It’s more important that you catch all the layers of fabric than hitting the ends (you can cut those off afterward, we aren’t going for perfection here). Don’t fold over too much of the fabric or the mask will not be wide enough to reach your ears. Expect the first one to be a bit of trial and error! Welcome to the world of sewing 🙂

easiest mask - beginner cloth face mask tutorial
easiest mask - beginner cloth face mask tutorial

You can trim up the unfinished edges you didn’t catch or simply leave them. Below is an example of each. The mask works the same! For personal use, this doesn’t bother me much at all.

You’re done. So easy!

Here is the video tutorial of this same cloth face mask!

Comment on the video and tell me what you thought! If this was too much and you want an even EASIER face mask tutorial, here’s another “no-sew” option for you. Enjoy!

~All things for you and your new little life~

The EASIEST DIY Cloth Face Mask Tutorial - Beginner Sewing
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6 Comments

  1. Cynthia on May 16, 2020 at 22:31

    Thank you for sharing! Super easy



  2. Nicole on May 18, 2020 at 21:05

    What size fabric for the kids mask??



  3. Donovan Adkison on May 25, 2020 at 20:38

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  4. Ashley on May 25, 2020 at 22:54

    Hi!

    Did you use the same size fabric for both kids’ and adult masks?

    Thank you.



  5. Judy on June 6, 2020 at 20:25

    What size fabric for a kids mask?



  6. Allison Tolman on June 8, 2020 at 08:53

    You can find those here! https://youtu.be/OQkE-WUEvnU



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