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Face Mask Tutorial

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

As stores reopen and we begin to travel around more, it is vital that we all remember to stay safe and protect ourselves as much as possible from Covid-19. However, it is quickly becoming clear that the rise in the use of single-use, disposable masks could be devastating to our planet. But all hope is not lost!

The amazing Textile Rebel, Fran (@beekindwaste), has created an easy-to-follow and cheap mask tutorial so you can make your own reusable and washable mask! Check out the video below, or keep scrolling for written instructions and a printable PDF template. When you've finished making your mask, be sure to take a selfie wearing it and tag us on Instagram (@textilerebellion). Enjoy!

PDF Template:

Download PDF • 973KB


You will need:

  • Chalk or biro pen

  • Elastic/ribbon/string

  • Iron

  • Scissors

  • Pins

  • Thread

  • Sewing machine or needle

  • 1 thin, breathable fabric (outer layer)

  • 1 plain thin fabric (inner layer)

  • Laptop screen or printer

  • Tracing paper (if you don’t have a printer)

  • Ruler


Step 1: Cut out the outer layer fabric

  • Cut out four 15x15cm squares from your breathable outer layer fabric.

  • Pair up the squares with the wrong sides (the back, usually duller coloured side) together.

Step 2: Cut out the inner layer fabric

  • Cut out two 15x15cm squares from your inner fabric.

Step 3: Sandwich the inner fabric and pin

  • Sandwich one of the pairs of outer fabric between the two squares of inner fabric.

  • Pin in place.

Step 4: Print the mask template

  • Print the template attached above.

  • Alternatively, if you don’t have a printer, you can trace the template from your laptop screen by zooming the image in 100% and turning up your brightness.

Step 5: Cut out the template

  • Depending on the size of mask that you want, cut along either the large or small lines.

  • Recycle your offcuts!

Step 6 (optional): Mount onto cardboard

  • If you are planning on making multiple face coverings, you can stick your template onto some cardboard and cut around it.  This will make your template last longer, keeping it in one piece for future usage.

  • Make sure you recycle any leftover cardboard!

Step 7: Drawing curves with the template

  • Using your chalk or biro, trace along the curved edge of the template on all of your fabric.

Step 8: Sew along the curves

  • Using your sewing machine or a needle and thread, sew along the traced lines.

  • You will need to do this for the sandwiched squares which you pinned together earlier and the extra pair of outer fabric squares.

Step 9: Draw around the edges and cut

  • Draw lines about 1cm away from the top and bottom edges and cut off all of the excess fabric.

  • Keep your fabric scraps for future projects.

Step 10: Cut lines around the curves

  • Take your scissors and make little snips between the edge of the fabric and the curve which you previously sewed.  

Step 11: Turn inside out

  • Turn the sandwiched fabric inside out so the outer fabric is on top.

Step 12: Lay on top and pin

  • Lay the remaining piece of outer fabric on top of the other piece with the sewn lip facing up.

  • Pin on the top and bottom to hold it in place.

Step 13: Sew down the sides

  • Sew along the top and bottom (long sides) of the fabric.

Step 14: Cut triangles

  • On the top and bottom of the fabric, at each end of the centre seam, cut small triangles pointing up towards the centre seam.  Make sure not to cut through the lines you just sewed.

Step 15: Turn inside out

  • Your material should now be sewn together as one piece.  Turn it inside out using the sides which have not yet been sewn so the outer pieces are on the outside on both sides.

Step 16: Iron

  • Take your iron and press each side so it lies flat as one piece.

Step 17: Folding the seams

  • Fold each of the non-sewn sides over about 1cm.

  • Take your iron and press along the fold to hold it in place.

Step 18: Pinning the elastic/ribbon/string

  • Tuck two lengths of elastic (measured to fit your head) into the opening on each side of the mask.

  • Pin in place.

Step 19: Sew down the sides

  • Sew along each side, securing the elastic in place.

Step 20: Pin the top and sew

  • Pin along the top side of the mask and sew along the edge.

  • Repeat on the bottom edge of the mask.

Your mask is now complete!  

Remember to tag us in your photos of your finished mask on Instagram: @textilerebellion.  Make more as gifts for friends and family, or share this tutorial so we can keep as many people as possible safe AND sustainable!

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