Double-Layered DIY Face Mask Tutorial

Updated: Apr 27

I wanted to get this tutorial out as soon as possible because I know there is a high demand for medical supplies and shortages of N95 masks. I‘m also aware that cloth masks do not replace N95 face masks, which should be saved for medical workers anyway, but at this point I believe a homemade mask is better than nothing at all.

This DIY face mask will probably not prevent you from contracting the COVID-19 virus, but it may protect someone from acquiring it. In order to slow the spread, it’s essential that we wear homemade masks if we must go out.

As I was making these and trying them on, I realized wearing a mask is no joke! It was hard to breath and it felt claustrophobic. But desperate times, call for desperate measures. This made me think of the nurses, doctors, and specialists who have to wear protective gear for hours on end to try to save lives. Not to mention, all essential workers putting their lives at risk to help others in this crisis.


This is a small contribution, but I hope that you or someone you know find one of these masks useful.




Double-Layered DIY Face Mask Tutorial


I tried to make this face mask as easy as possible to make, which is why I decided to use only one piece of fabric, ultimately folded into thirds. It also includes a pocket so that a filter could be inserted.


This project will take about 20 mins at the most and likely less if you're a regular sewer.


For fabric, I'd recommend using quilting cotton or regular cotton fabric. This will be the easiest type of fabric to pleat and press. Also, wash fabric in warm water with detergent before cutting your fabric. This will prevent your mask from shrinking in the next wash. Once your mask is complete and you do wash it again, be sure to remove any filter that's been placed inside.


Download PDF file with instructions here: Double-Layered DIY Face Mask Tutorial


Materials: Quilting cotton or regular cotton fabric:

Small - 6.5" x 10" Medium - 8" x 12" Large - 9" x 14" 1/4" elastic or cording: Small - 6" elastic or 8" cording (2 pieces) Medium - 7" elastic or 9" cording (2 pieces)

Large - 8" elastic or 10" cording (2 pieces) You'll also need a sewing machine, thread, pins, measuring tape (or ruler) and plastic beads (if using cording)

Instructions: 1. Start with your cut piece of cotton fabric: 7" x 10" for Small, 8" x 12" for Medium, 9" x 14" for Large. Using a ruler, divide fabric into 3 sections with a fabric marker or pencil. 2. Fold fabric on reverse at marked lines and press with hot iron. Use a water spray bottle if needed and press once again. 3. With a straight stitch, sew a seam as close as possible to the edge of the fold (about 1/8"). Do this for both top and bottom folds. 4. Unfold seams and press with hot iron. Do this for both top and bottom seams. 5. Still working on the reverse, fold about 1/4" at the bottom and press with hot iron. Fold one more time about 1/2" and again press with hot iron. Do this for top part as well. 6. Once top and bottom folds are pressed, turn right side facing and sew a 1/2" seam from fold, making sure seam grabs the fold underneath. Do this for top and bottom. 7. Continue working on right side of fabric. Begin making the first pleat (1 of 3) by folding in about 1/4" of fabric underneath itself towards the bottom of the mid-section. Press with hot iron and add a pin on each side to secure folds. 8. Continue making 2nd pleat (2 of 3) by folding another 1/4" of fabric underneath itself. Press with hot iron and add two more pins to help secure folds. 9. Finish 3rd and final pleat by folding another 1/4" of fabric underneath itself. Press with hot iron and add two more pins to help secure folds. 10. Reinforce pressed folds by sewing a straight stitch about 1/4" from the edge. Make sure to remove pins as you sew along so you don’t break a needle! Do this for both sides. 11. Using pins, attach elastic or cording to both sides of pleated section as shown. For Small use 5" of elastic or 6" of cording. For Medium use 6" of elastic or 7" of cording and for Large use 7" of elastic or 8" of cording. 12. Fold over top and bottom sections making sure not to disturb elastic or cording that’s already in place. Sew a straight stitch about 1/4" from the edge. Finish the edge with zigzag. Do this for both sides. 13. Lastly, turn your mask right side out using back opening and pull out elastic or cording to straighten out each corner. Press front and back sides. Voila, you’ve sewn a DIY face mask!


Download PDF file with instructions here: Double-Layered DIY Face Mask Tutorial




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