How to Sew a Face Mask
Step 1: Sew elastic to lining piece, as shown.
*Note: there are no wrong or right sides to either of these fabrics.
Step 2: Starting in the middle of a long side, sew the front piece to lining. Sew all the way around, turning at the corners. You can reinforce each corner by backtacking for extra strength if desired, like our stitcher does in this video. Stop sewing 2” from where you began. Leave this gap for turning your mask right-side out.
Step 3: Carefully trim away the excess fabric from the edges, making sure not to cut any stitching.
Step 4: Turn the mask right-side out.
Step 5: Time to make the pleats! Starting at the top corner of one short side, make a 1/2” pleat about 1” away from the corner. Sew. As you make your way down the edge, make a second pleat and sew to the next corner. Turn and sew along the long edge, sewing the gap closed. Turn, and on the second short side make two pleats just like before. Turn at the corner, and sew along the last long side. To finish the mask, trim any long threads.
Machine wash cold. Use mild detergent.
Tumble dry on high. Iron, if desired.
RECOMMENDATION FROM CDC:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
PLEASE VISIT CDC.GOV TO LEARN MORE.
Disclaimer: Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.