In these uncertain times, every little assurance that we can get is a win in my book. While homemade masks of course aren’t as effective as proper surgical masks they are still better than nothing. Now that the CDC is recommending that people wear face masks, we should all do our part to help each other get through this thing as smoothly as possible.
Learn from the CDC about face coverings and protective measures, you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19
There are many different styles of masks. I have compiled a list of the 25 patterns that I personally like best. Choose the one that you feel is best for your family based on your own research.
FABRIC FACE MASK WITH TIES
Elastic behind the ears can cause sores when worn for long periods of time. This design uses ties instead of elastic to prevent sores. As an added bonus, it also makes the mask more easily adjustable for different sizes.
Designer : Made Every Day
Pattern Here: FABRIC FACE MASK WITH TIES
Surgical Mask with Flexible Nose
This pattern uses bias tape for a snug fit. It also has a pocket for a filter or paper towel for added protection. The pleated design fits comfortably on the curves of the face.
Designer : Sweet Red Poppy
Pattern Here: Surgical Mask with Flexible Nose
Face Mask Sewing Pattern
This mask has a clever secret to help your face mask stay on. There is a small piece of wire in the spot over the bridge of the nose so you can pinch it closed. This pattern has both a written pattern and a video tutorial.
Designer : Craft Passion
Pattern Here: Face Mask Sewing Pattern
Easy DIY Face Mask
If you want to keep it simple, then this one is for you! This basic pattern is good for beginners and has sizing options for children and adults. There are many different photos to explain every step of the process.
Designer : Skip to my Lou
Pattern Here: Easy DIY Face Mask
Kids Mask Template
Kids need face masks too! This pattern has two sizes – one for smaller kids and one for larger kids. The designer recommends the ear loop style for these masks because it is easier and faster to get them on that way.
Designer : See Kate Sew
Pattern Here: Kids Mask Template
3D Face Mask
One reviewer says: “This mask is a great alternative to a lot of the free patterns out there. It uses a dart to make it fit one’s face better.” You can tell that these masks fit very well and look comfortable too! (paid pattern)
Designer : Ensaga Jewelry
Pattern Here: 3D Face Mask
Versatile Face Mask
Customize this mask pattern to suit your needs. Elastic or ties? Filter or no filter? Wire nose guard or not? You decide! This pattern includes a lot of tips and tricks from other crafters who have made this pattern for themselves.
Designer : The Crafty Quilter
Pattern Here: Versatile Face Mask
Sew Washable Face Masks
This pattern was made by someone who worked in the healthcare profession. The mask has 3 layers: two fabric layers and a removable center layer that you can make out of batting or gauze.
Designer : The Witty Gritty Life
Pattern Here: Sew Washable Face Masks
DIY Surgical Mask
Wearing a mask can feel scary for a child. This pattern includes instructions for both a face mask and a surgical cap. So the next time you need to take your child to the store with you just make-believe that you are doctors.
Designer : The Sewing Pixies
Pattern Here: DIY Surgical Mask
DIY Fabric Face Mask
I like that this mask is reversible so you can use two different patterns of fabric to switch up your look. I also like that this post includes a list of supply alternatives because it can be tricky to find exactly what you need at the store.
Designer : Crafty Little Gnome
Pattern Here: DIY Fabric Face Mask
Cricut Face Mask Pattern
If you are one of the guardian angels making masks for our healthcare workers on the front lines then you must be tired of cutting by now! This pattern includes a free SVG cut file so you can make your Cricut do some of the work for you.
Designer : Jennifer Maker
Pattern Here: Cricut Face Mask Pattern
Infant and Child Size Face Masks
This mask was designed to give kids a little more room to breathe while still fitting snugly. There are even instructions on how to add cute little dinosaur spikes to the front of the mask to make wearing a mask more fun for kids. (paid pattern)
Designer : BabyLadySwim
Pattern Here: Infant and Child Size Face Masks
Simple Fabric Mask
Be informed! This pattern includes instructions on actually using a fabric face mask (as well as a tutorial on how to make one!) This may seem like common sense but there were a couple things I didn’t know!
Designer : Ageberry
Pattern Here: Simple Fabric Mask
Mask with a Replaceable Filter
This mask is made from a single cut of fabric. Yay for less cutting! There are also instructions given for sizing up for a man’s mask and sizing down for a child’s mask.
Designer : Sewing Therapy
Pattern Here: Mask with a Replaceable Filter
Surgical Face Masks for Hospitals
You may be wondering which hospitals are in need of homemade face masks. Don’t worry, this pattern includes a link to the organization “Masks for Heroes” where you can search for hospitals that are asking for donations.
Designer : Sarah Maker
Pattern Here: Surgical Face Masks for Hospitals
Pleated Mask with Filter Pocket
It’s ok if you’re a beginner seamstress. This pattern has been recently updated with a full photo tutorial of the pocket making process. The pleats help the mask fit nicely around the curve of the face.
Designer : ChezVies
Pattern Here: Pleated Mask with Filter Pocket
Olson Face Mask
This pattern is very special because it was actually designed by professionals in the medical field. Rest easy knowing that your family has the next best thing to a real surgical mask.
Designer : Sew Can She
Pattern Here: Olson Face Mask
How to Make a Face Mask
This sewing pattern makes 3 face masks out of one “fat quarter” which is a small amount of fabric usually used in quilting. What a great idea to save time and money!
Designer : Crochet It Creations
Pattern Here: How to Make a Face Mask
Washable Reusable cotton Mask
I like that this mask goes up higher around the nose for better coverage and is lower under the eyes so it doesn’t impair your vision. You can tell this pattern is very well-loved because it has so many 5 star reviews! (paid pattern)
Designer : MajaMencel
Pattern Here: Washable Reusable cotton Mask
A.B. Mask – for a Nurse by a Nurse
I love the message behind this mask. It was designed to be made and donated to show our healthcare workers that we support them and we are worried about their safety!
Designer : Jessica Nandino
Pattern Here: A.B. Mask – for a Nurse by a Nurse
Homemade Face Mask
There is plenty of wiggle room for flexibility in both supplies and techniques with this pleated face mask. The article includes a link to the CDC guidelines to help you decide which fabric is best for you.
Designer : Little Stitch Studio
Pattern Here: Homemade Face Mask
Facemask: A Picture Tutorial
It’s sew easy! If you are a beginner sewer and you need extra support then this is the pattern for you. There is a photo for every single step of the way to help you visualize the process!
Designer : Button Counter
Pattern Here: Facemask: A Picture Tutorial
Star Wars Face Mask
Wearing a mask can be strange for kids. They may feel that the mask is uncomfortable or scary. Help reassure them by making their face mask with a cute Star Wars pattern like R2D2 or a droid. You don’t even need special Star Wars fabric!
Designer : Me Sew Crazy
Pattern Here: Star Wars Face Mask
Cricut N95 Mask Cover
If you or someone you love is immunocompromised then you might already have an N95 face mask. If this is the case it can be fun to dress it up with a colorful cover!
Designer : Hey Let’s Make Stuff
Pattern Here: Cricut N95 Mask Cover
No Elastic Face Mask
Using cotton ties instead of elastic makes this mask more easily sanitized. This mask also includes a pocket for a filter. Two different colors of fabric are used for the back and the front so you never put it on backwards. Sew clever!
Designer : See Kate Sew
Pattern Here: No Elastic Face Mask
We are going to get through this together! When you are feeling sad just think about all the amazingly generous people there are out there that are making extra masks for our healthcare workers. And if you have any extra supplies and time you can make a few masks to donate too! If you know of any particular facilities that are in great need please feel free to comment below. Stay safe out there and stay crafty!
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