August 21, 2020

How To Make a Face Mask

How To Make a Face Mask

We all need to play our part in helping slow the transmission of COVID-19. What better way to pass the time in ISO than you make your own face mask? Get a little crafty and make something that is practical and will use every day! We’re here to help with a step by step guide on making a face mask.


  • 20cm x 20cm water resistant fabric (outer layer)
  • 20cm x 20cm blended fabric (middle layer)
  • 20cm x 20cm cotton fabric (inner layer)
  • Bias binding tape
  • Face Mask Pattern
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Text

Choosing the best material

  • For the outer layer, it's best to use a waste resistant fabric, such as polyester / polypropylene.
  • The middle layer should be a blended fabric, like cotton polyester blend or polypropylene
  • The inner layer should be a water absorbing fabric, like cotton. Make sure this fabric is soft to prevent irritation against your skin


Step 1

Print out our Face Mask Pattern, making sure the scale is 100%.

Step 2

Use the pattern to cut out 2 pieces of each fabric. You should have 6 cut out pieces in total.

Step 3

Match the right sides of the water-resistant fabric pieces together and sew the pieces together along the curved centre seam. Repeat this for the blended fabric and cotton fabric.

Step 4

Open mask and press seam allowance to the right-hand side. Then top stitch the seam allowance down 6mm from the seam.

Step 5

Layer the pieces together with right sides facing out. Baste together with a 3mm seam allowance.

Step 6

Apply bias tape to 2 sides of the mask and sew in place.

Step 7

Pin 2 more pieces of bias tape (75cm) across the top and bottom edges of mask and sew in place.

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If sewing is a bit challenging for you, try our easy guide to making a no sew face mask. You can make it with materials found around your house and takes less than a minute!

Author: Brittany Nash