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How To Sew a Face Mask (Step by Step GIFs): Style Two

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    What you will need

    gif girl wearing leopard print face mask

    This is what your face mask will look like when finished. To make this face mask, you will need: 

    • Fabric (cotton or something similarly breathable is best). You can have the same color fabric for the front and back of the mask, or different colors like this tutorial shows.
    • Elastic 
    • Ruler and pen
    • Scissors
    • Printer paper 
    • Pins 
    • Sewing thread 
    • A sewing machine or a sewing needle if sewing by hand
    • An iron (optional)


    Once you've gathered all these items, you're ready to get started! 

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    Step 1

    gif hands putting fabric on table Brown - Printed Poplin 933045638636 Printed

    To make the pattern you will use for the mask, get a piece of paper, a ruler and a pen. Draw a rectangle on the paper with the following measurements for an adult mask: 9 inches X 6 inches. Now cut out this rectangle. You now have a mask pattern.

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    Step 2

    gif hands cutting out material on table Finger - Perted Popin 3304S Printed Poplin 33045838030

    Pin the pattern onto your fabric (you can do both pieces at the same time) and cut around the pattern. Cut as closely to the pattern as possible without cutting the paper. This will ensure your fabric is the right size. 

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    Step 3

    gif hands putting two colors of fabric on table

    Place your two pieces of fabric together with the wrong* side facing out. 

    *All patterned or colored fabrics have a right and wrong side. The right side is more colorful and vibrant: it's the side that is meant to be seen. The wrong side is the underside of the fabric, or the side that was not printed on: it will not be as colorful or vibrant as the other side. 

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    Step 4

    gif hands putting two pieces of elastic on top of fabric

    Now measure your elastic. For adult masks, cut two pieces of elastic 6 to 7 inches long each. Hold up the fabric and elastic to your face to estimate the exact length your elastic should be. 

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    Step 5

    gif hands putting pieces of elastic on fabric

    Fold back the top right corner of the top piece of fabric (it doesn't matter which side this is) and place one end of the elastic into the corner. Pin it in place. All of the elastic should be sitting on the rest of the fabric, with just the end poking out of the top corner of the fabric. 

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    Step 6

    gif hands putting elastic in corners of fabric to make face mask

    Bring the other end of the elastic to the bottom right corner with only the end poking out. Pin it in place. Now the elastic will make a curved shape from the top to bottom right corners. You will be sewing the mask inside out so the amount of elastic showing will be reversed when you finish the mask. 

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    Step 7

    gif hands motioning around edge of fabric showing where to sew

    Attach the elastic to the left side of the mask too, making sure that only the ends of the elastic are poking out of the corners. Once both pieces of elastic are pinned in place, sew around the entire edge of the fabric except for one section about 1.5 inches long. This is where you will poke the fabric through itself to fold it inside out. 

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    Step 8

    gif hands guiding fabric through sewing machine

    Start sewing by hand or machine. When sewing in the corners, make sure that the elastic is in the right position because you won't be able to change it after this. You want the elastic to be poking out of each corner at a 45 degree angle. 

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    Step 9

    gif hands sewing face mask on sewing machine

    Sew around the rest of the edges, but remember to leave a space between the start and end of your stitching to poke the material through. A general rule in sewing it that it's best to leave a space of about 1 cm between the edge of the fabric and your stitching. 

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    Step 10

    gif hands turning face mask inside out

    Once you have finished sewing, poke the fabric through the small hole you left. 

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    Step 11

    gif hands flattening out face mask sewing

    Pull everything through until your mask looks like this. Flatten out the mask and the elastic. Note that the elastic will look very tight against the edges of the mask. This is because the mask hasn't been folded yet. If you have an iron, you can iron your mask flat at this stage to make the edges straighter.

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    Step 12

    gif hands folding fabric to make face mask

    When flattening down or ironing the edges, be aware of the part that you did not sew. Fold this down naturally with the rest of the fabric and pin it in place. You will sew this part later.

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    Step 13

    gif hands making pleats on side of face mask

    Now it's time to make the folds at the edge. Place the top color of fabric (the color you want on the outside) upwards on the table. On one side, make three folds about 1 cm in length. If unsure how to do them, check out this video. Pin down each fold.

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    Step 14

    gif hands showing pleated edge of face mask held with pins

    Make three folds on the other side of the mask. This is what it should look like once the folds are pinned in place.

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    Step 15

    gif hands motioning around edge of face mask showing where to sew

    Once all folds are pinned, sew around the entire edge of the mask. 

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    Step 16

    gif hands sewing leopard print face mask on sewing machine

    Go slowly when sewing over the folds, and make sure the stitching is an even length from the edge of the fabric the whole way around (0.5 cm is good). 

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    Step 17

    gif hands holding finished leopard print face mask

    Cut off the extra bits of thread from sewing the edges, and you're finished! This is what your face mask should look like. 



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