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Stretch Fabric Face Mask


Cut 2
1-Piece DIY
Face Mask
By ModernSewingPatterns.com
About The
Face Mask w/ Filter
Helpful Links:
The Face Mask Sew-Along Video Tutorial
https://youtu.be/GLBmkJBrPNI

How To Sew Neoprene


https://creativefashionblog.com/sewing-neoprene/

Supplies: Basic Sewing Kit or Fabric Adhesive, Scissors,

Main Fabric: 9” wide piece of neoprene fabric, double knit,


or stretch fabric
Getting Started

1 Find Your Size.


Use a tape measure to measure yourself and then compare it to the size chart on page 5 to
determine your size. If you are between sizes, use the larger size. It is also always helpful to
make a test version and then adjust it to fit.

Lay it out.
2 Lay out the pattern pieces as shown in the cutting diagrams. Begin by placing the pieces that
go along the fold. Then, lay out the other pieces, making sure the grainline arrow on each
pattern piece is parallel to the selvage edge. It can be helpful to measure from each end of
the arrow to the fold. The position is correct when both distances are exactly the same.

3 Transfer Markings.
Use your marking pen, pencil, or tailors chalk to transfer the markings (such as circles, but-
tonholes, and fold lines) to the wrong side of the fabric. Mark the center front of pieces cut
on the fold since this will help you align the pieces accurately.

4 Trace Pieces.
If you are using fabric shears, trace the outlines of your pattern pieces onto fabric. If you are
using a rotary cutter, skip this step since it’s blade provides more accurate cutting.

Cut Fabric.

5
If you are using a rotary cutter, cut out your fabric pieces. If you are using fabric shears,
remove the pattern and cut along the outlines you’ve traced, cutting away any pen, pencil, or
chalk lines. Remember to cut out any notches that appear on the edges in the seam allow-
ance. These markings help line up the pieces when you assemble the project.
Pattern Assembly

Size Chart:

Small: Fits children age 6-12

Medium: Fits teens and most adults

Large: Fits large adults

Tips on Printing PDF Digital Patterns:


-Be sure to print files in actual size. DO NOT shrink to page.
-Print the first page first and measure the Measurement Test Square to be sure
the file is printing at the appropriate size. Then continue printing the rest of the
file.
-Cut and tape the pieces together using the square notches and the border pro-
vided on each page.
Face Mask
Instructions
Step 1
Cut the template out in the size you like.
Make sure to cut the ear hole out as well.

Tip: If you plan on making several neoprene


face masks at a time, print your template
out on cardstock paper so it lasts longer.
You may also want to avoid using sewing
pins when cutting your pattern so it stays
crisp longer.
Step 2
If you aren’t sure which size face mask will
Next, you’re going to need to cut fit best, you can hold the sewing pattern
your template out of fabric. I like up to your face to get an idea of which size
to use a Rotary Cutter if you have works best for you
one on hand since it makes crisp,
clean cuts on raw edges of fabric.
You’ll need to cut out two pieces
of the template.

If your Rotary Cutter is too wide to


easily cut the ear hole out, just use
standard scissors. I found that sepa-
rating the pattern pieces and cutting
out each ear hole individually made it
easier since the paper and fabric liked
to slide around.
face Mask
Instructions
Step 3
Now that your face mask pieces are cut, it’s
time to sew it together. There is a 1/4” seam
allowance across the center-front curve that
we’ll be using to finish your mask. You can
either sew it together with a standard sewing
machine, a serger, a hand-sewing needle, or
even use a Permanent Fabric Adhesive. Serge/
sew / glue the front, center curve at 1/4” seam
allowance.

Step 4
Once the two pieces of fabric are attached,
you can either stop here and your mask is
ready to wear, or you can topstitch your
seam allowance to make your mask revers-
ible.

To topstitch a seam allowance, simply press


your seam allowance to one side and then use
a straight stitch on a standard sewing machine
to sew it in place. This will keep your seam al-
lowance flush with the body of your mask and
give it a finished look from both sides. It will
also make your face mask more comfortable
to wear overall.
Face Mask
Instructions

To wear your facemask, you are


simply going to slip your ears
through the holes on either side
and adjust. You’ll know your face
mask is upside down if it rises up
too close to your eyes. The print-
able sewing pattern is made to
slightly wrap under your chin to
hold it in place while being com-
fortable, breathable, and without
pulling on your ears.
Glossary

BASTE: Long stitches done by hand or GRADE SEAM: Reducing the bulk in seams
machine that temporarily hold the fabric in place that are pressed in a single direction. After the
before sewing. They are removed once the fial seam seam is sewn, trim the seam allowance in half.
is in place. Then, identify which seam allowance will be laying
against the fabric once it is pressed, and trim this
CLIP: The help flatten a curved seam, snip at one in half.
intervals along the inner curve, being careful not to
cut into the stitch line. NOTCH: The notches in a pattern help align
the pattern pieces when you sew them together.
EASE: To sew a longer edge to a shorter edge, Another type of notch is one taht is added by the
resulting in slight fullness. First, stitch two parallel sewist when sewing an outside curved seam. These
rows using a long stitch length. Then, leave long notches are added by cutting wedge shapes into the
thread tails. Tug to adjust the length of the longer seam allowance at even intervals, being careful not
edge before sewing. to cut into the stitchline.

EDGESTITCH: Adding a second row of RIGHT SIDE / WROG SIDE: The right side of the
stitches close to the seam line on the right side of fabric will show on a finished garment. The wrong
the fabric. This is done very close to the stitches of side will be on the inside.
the seam line and on the right side of the fabric.
STAYSTITCH: Stitching that stabilizes a piece of
FINISH SEAM: There are many ways to fabric before it is sewn to prevent the edge from
finish a seam or raw edge to get a polished look being strteched or distorted.
and prevent fraying. For sturdy fabrics, just trim
seams with pinking shears. For lighter fabrics, use TOPSTITCH: Stitching on the outside of a gar-
a zig-zag stitch along the seam. Other methods of ment that is parallel to the seam. Sew through both
finishing include turned-under seams, bound edg- the fabric and seam allowance after pressing to
es, and serged edges. help the seam lay flat. Similiar to edgestitching, but
more noticeable.
GATHER: To sew a longer edge to a shorter
edge, creating significant fullness. Use a long stitch UNDERSTITCH: Stitching that helps seams lie
and then stitch two rows parallel to eachother. flat and prevents facings and linings from rolling to
Next, leave long tail threads and tug to adjust the the outside of the garment. Press the seam towards
length of the longer edge before sewing. your facing, then stitch the facing to the seam, very
cose to the seam line.
My Notes