How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL

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Please visit CDC here on the proper use of homemade masks here:
2 pieces 100% cotton fabric 6" x 9"
1 piece cotton flannel or 100% Cotton Fabric 6" x 9"
2 elastic strips: 1/8" x 6” women, 7” men, 5” children
Kids size: make fabric 5”x7”, and elastic 5” long.
OUT OF ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18”-20” in length.
See my video on how to make a mask with fabric ties here:
OPTIONAL: To make the nose are a fit better you can sew a wire ribbon, pipe cleaner, or baggie tie to the lining piece before sewing all three layers together. :)
*** Masks are re-usable, but must be sanitized before/after each use! ***
* Use tightly woven cotton fabric, or hospital grade material.
* Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for mask that will be donated.
* Contact local health facilities to see if they are in need of donations.

Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!
In addition to helping medical staff during critical shortages, these masks can be used at home as well. While wearing homemade face masks will not prevent against catching a respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone sneezes or coughs.
* Fabric: 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric (I used a line from Bonnie and Camille for Moda)
* Juki TL2000 Qi:
* Aurifil 50wt Thread:
* Oliso Pro Smart Iron:
* Scissors:
* Wonder Clips:
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Vintage Spring Quilt Pattern:
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  • very good instruction, Thank you

    Pam CameronPam Cameron7 цагийн өмнө
  • Could you also hand sew with this method/methods(even the ribbon method?)?(and of it doesn’t can you make a video on it?)

    K.A AsmrK.A Asmr7 цагийн өмнө
  • Any tips if my machine doesn’t sew over the pleats without a real struggle?

    Beatrix RoomfordBeatrix Roomford7 цагийн өмнө
  • Good

    Joseph ChristakosJoseph Christakos7 цагийн өмнө
  • Thanks so much for you how to video, sharing out with friends that have the skill, time, and material.

    Pammila AllenPammila Allen7 цагийн өмнө
  • If the very top layer isn’t 100%cotton will it still work

    ranbowfoxranbowfox8 цагийн өмнө
  • Love it! Probably the easiest tutorial out there. Thank you so much!

    chris inhawaiichris inhawaii8 цагийн өмнө
  • Really great video!! Also I liked how you used 2 different fabrics. This way there is a clear front and back. So when they take it off they know which side should face their mouth as opposed to having to guess because it was the same fabric

    Billy bob SmithBilly bob Smith8 цагийн өмнө
  • My best friend from high school shared this with me this morning, obviously putting me to the challenge. Fortunately, Monterey County, CA, does not have many cases of the virus; but, I'll check with our local hospital, nonetheless. Otherwise I'll contact Red Cross and find out where the needs are. Thank you and God bless.

    Randall HawkinsonRandall Hawkinson9 цагийн өмнө
  • Now everyone wanna be a fashion student all of a sudden

    Malik GrantMalik Grant9 цагийн өмнө
  • Definitely gonna try these. Great tutorial. 💯💥

    Kar BarKar Bar10 цагийн өмнө
  • Thank you for making these and sharing this tutorial!!❤️❤️

    Kathleen MiKathleen Mi10 цагийн өмнө
  • Thank you! Very helpful!!!

    Jami CJami C10 цагийн өмнө
  • Can you please tell me what type of Fabric Material and what type of Flannel do I need to make these face masks. My family and I are trying to make about 800 - 1000 for our family and friends. We're going to be ordering the material online and just need to know ASAP Thanks

    L AmbitiousL Ambitious11 цагийн өмнө
  • Can not find flannel or fabric in stores.

    Marshall MomMarshall Mom11 цагийн өмнө
  • Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. Stay well.🙏🏻

    Tena WallaceTena Wallace12 цагийн өмнө
  • can you use a glue gun if you don’t have a sewing machine?

    Stephanie JacksonStephanie Jackson12 цагийн өмнө
  • Thank you for this tutorial at this time of need. Blessings.

    yvonne gathingyvonne gathing12 цагийн өмнө
  • superb lovely n so easy

    Gouri RafiqGouri Rafiq13 цагийн өмнө
  • Instead of adding a headband with buttons to prevent ear injury, why not just extend mask's existing bands by tying an elastic band to allow it go all the way around the back of the head?

    atam mardesatam mardes13 цагийн өмнө
  • How much fabric do you think I would need for 200 masks I am thinking of making them for correctional officers

    Elizabeth KizerElizabeth Kizer15 цагийн өмнө
  • I'm going to give it a go right now set my machine up and make my first one tonight totally loved how you were so easy to follow god bless you.

    Charmaine milesCharmaine miles15 цагийн өмнө

    Julianna RiccitelliJulianna Riccitelli17 цагийн өмнө
  • Where would we get all these materials when most stores are closed rn?

    Marcos AmayaMarcos Amaya17 цагийн өмнө
  • Elastic bands are sold out until May... handkerchiefs it is!

    Faith BreezeFaith Breeze17 цагийн өмнө
  • Im confused what the diffirence is between the first fabric and third it lining?

    Gratitude CrossGratitude Cross18 цагийн өмнө
  • A neighbor who has limited days to live due to cancer gave me her nice Elna sewing machine that’s from the 1960s and runs very well. (It’s actually metal and has many metal bobbins!) She also gave me quite a bit material pieces (hard to explain but perfect sizes to make these masks). I’ve never sewn before and what a wonderful time to learn how to make these masks. The first person I’m going to give my first successful mask to is the neighbor who gave me her sewing machine and her friend (another neighbor) who is taking care of her. Nice tutorial. Thanks!

    Bella BellaBella Bella18 цагийн өмнө
  • I thought it was going to be very complicated but it was very easy to make. It was a great tutorial and thank you for sharing now that I’ve made one for myself I’m going to make some for my family 😊

    gtorres84gtgtorres84gt18 цагийн өмнө
  • I cut the elastic 7" and it was very loose so had to cut it like 1 1/2"

    Dianne MDianne M19 цагийн өмнө
  • Nice mask. I wish I knew how to sew!

    Pancha PistolasPancha Pistolas20 цагийн өмнө
  • Amateur question. What's your advice on the best way of actually cutting the material? Maybe I'm a bit hard on myself but it took a couple hours to cut some decent rectangles with conventional scissors, and yes they were sharp.

    Ron McDonaldRon McDonald21 цагийн өмнө
  • I'm at the point where you see the ends to hold the "creases" together and my needle broke twice. I attempted with an universal needle and then tried a leather needle and both times they broke. I even adjusted the tension. Please help. I made 20 that need to be finished. Tysvm.

    Tammy WigginsTammy Wiggins22 цагийн өмнө
  • Thank you for this essential tutorial!

    consumermilitiaconsumermilitia22 цагийн өмнө
  • Thank you.

    Yel LawsonYel Lawson22 цагийн өмнө
  • I love this thank you!!

    TobyMcfarlandTobyMcfarland23 цагийн өмнө
  • Thanks for this super easy mask!

    Sunshine Gain'gSunshine Gain'g23 цагийн өмнө
  • I look at many others how to sew face mask and yours is the most unique and easy method to sew a mask I giggles at the end of ur method, I love to sew easy things I find joys

    Bhanmatie RamcharanBhanmatie Ramcharan23 цагийн өмнө
  • I love the spring quilt behind you! I am not seeing a link to that pattern as stated at the end of your video. Please show link :)

    Judy WallaceJudy WallaceӨдрийн өмнө
    • Hi, it's linked below the video, you just have to scroll down because there is a lot of info for this one! :) But here it is

      Erica ArndtErica Arndt22 цагийн өмнө
  • What if I don’t have a sewing machine?? Because I’ve been seeing a lot of videos and most of them are saying to not hand sew

    An bAn bӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you! I used some handkerchiefs for the fabric. Good tutorial for something I know I'll be using.

    Jennifer WysokowskiJennifer WysokowskiӨдрийн өмнө
  • Clear directions! Thanks.

    epruynepruynӨдрийн өмнө
  • Would anyone be able to help me? I can’t seem to get my sewing machine to work (I’m new to sewing and don’t know really anything) it makes the buzzing sound every time i press the pedal 😔

    Makenzie LongMakenzie LongӨдрийн өмнө
    • It sounds like the bobbin might be locked. I would try to take it out and re-thread the machine.

      Erica ArndtErica Arndt22 цагийн өмнө
  • We homemade several masks. Kind of different from yours the inner layer, facing nose side, you can cut it open. So you can insert one dried wipe to filter out virus thing.

    Ann YAnn YӨдрийн өмнө
  • this was helpful

    ladies Entrepreneurshipladies EntrepreneurshipӨдрийн өмнө
  • I would love to make these but I can't find elastic that's not been price gouged on shipping or the elastic itself, and/or won't be shipped until June. I will check my fitted sheets but otherwise, any ideas?

    YorkieLuvYorkieLuvӨдрийн өмнө
    • if you have extra hair ties lying around you can try using those too.

      hannah923hannah92322 цагийн өмнө
  • thank you i am doing them my self my office were not able to get any so we are making them our self

    Sonia MendezSonia MendezӨдрийн өмнө
  • Nurses said not to use Flannel because it's too hot.

    Maria FortunatoMaria FortunatoӨдрийн өмнө
  • I love this video. I made a couple for my niece to wear to clean doctor offices. I also added a little wire so she fit it to her nose.

    Tina SchryverTina SchryverӨдрийн өмнө
  • too bad I have no sewing machine :(

    VenusVenusӨдрийн өмнө
  • Great job you inspire me to make some.

    joanna gonzalesjoanna gonzalesӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for this tutorial. Definitely sharing this on my social media pages. 🤍

    AngieaxoxoAngieaxoxoӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for this very clear and easy to follow instructional! Happy sewing, and health and safety to all!

    Jim NoonanJim NoonanӨдрийн өмнө
  • how long should the fabric ties be for a child sized mask

    Marie NorbyMarie NorbyӨдрийн өмнө
  • Can you use interfacing as middle layer instead of flannel?

    Karen CarlsonKaren CarlsonӨдрийн өмнө
    • Yes

      Dream DesignDream DesignӨдрийн өмнө
  • Great Video! I used elastic hair bands from the Dollar store. Just snip them open. Bonus, the hot steam iron will sterilize the heck out of these and they are good to go1

    eileenmacolleileenmacollӨдрийн өмнө
  • This has been one of the best tutorials

    honeybrown03honeybrown03Өдрийн өмнө
  • What is the best way to sanitize them before donating?

  • Flannel might get hot and if the user sweats on the flannel, it creates a medium for bacteria. I am using non woven interfacing!

    Anne JohnsonAnne JohnsonӨдрийн өмнө
  • This is a really great video I saw there’s videos but they were complicated boring and long thank you for sharing 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    CMkarma 555CMkarma 555Өдрийн өмнө
  • Well 24 year old man here who is going to try sewing for the first time

    BadvsGoodBadvsGoodӨдрийн өмнө
    • Go for it Bro! I'm right behind you but at 64. I taught myself how to sew and that has come in very handy because my wife, although she knows how, won't. Plus, I am a Civil War reenactor and must sew many of my own uniforms, as many are from regiments that didn't wear standard sutler available styles. Good luck; and, thanks.

      Randall HawkinsonRandall Hawkinson9 цагийн өмнө
  • Thank you so much

    marisol acevedomarisol acevedoӨдрийн өмнө
  • thank you

    Shawna ReupertShawna ReupertӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for making it so simple.

    Rinda KuempelRinda KuempelӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for your help.

    Anna B BrownAnna B BrownӨдрийн өмнө
  • Very good tutorial. Thank you for the details.

    Linda MooreLinda MooreӨдрийн өмнө
  • Great tutorial but after sewing them are you laundering them with hot water and bleach if you want to donate them.

    Leigh HLeigh HӨдрийн өмнө
    • I do like to drop them off laundered, but I know most places are sanitizing them before letting their employees wear them just to be safe. You can ask wherever you're planning to donate what they're process is.

      Erica ArndtErica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө
  • What is the best way to sanitize these? Thank you.

    Julia PridgenJulia PridgenӨдрийн өмнө
    • Wash them in soap and water :)

      Erica ArndtErica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө
  • So I made some of these and then was told that they wont keep viruses out unless some kind of filter is inserted in between the layers (i.e. a piece of a hepa vacuum filter). Does anyone know anything about this? Are hospitals using them even without a filter sewed in them?

    Mama FehrMama FehrӨдрийн өмнө
    • They will not prevent you from catching a respiratory virus. Hospitals are using them over the top of their N95 masks to help them last longer, I give all of that info in the video itself and also in the description box below the video. Click 'show more' :)

      Erica ArndtErica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө
  • Where did you get the clips.?

    April MostApril MostӨдрийн өмнө
    • I have these: also all supplies are linked below the video as well. Click 'show more'.

      Erica ArndtErica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө
  • where do I get a filter material?

    puppy BYTEpuppy BYTEӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you so much!

    Wanda FielderWanda FielderӨдрийн өмнө
  • What material is used for middle layer ?

    Usha ChauhanUsha ChauhanӨдрийн өмнө
    • I used flannel, but you can use 100% cotton, info for everything is in the description box below the video.

      Erica ArndtErica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө
  • great tutorial. thanks for sharing!!

    CpetrosiniCpetrosiniӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thanks Erica!

    Stan JohnsonStan JohnsonӨдрийн өмнө
  • can these be put in a washing machine and dryer?

    marikamarikaӨдрийн өмнө
  • I dont have a sewing machine can I do this by hand

    Stephanie GilesStephanie GilesӨдрийн өмнө
    • Yes, it will just take longer :)

      Erica ArndtErica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө
  • Excellent! Super Work made easy.

    pasha rpasha rӨдрийн өмнө
  • I want to wear DIY masks on N95 masks, which should be able to extend the use time of N95 masks. There is no way, masks are too scarce, I just bought some masks from ojomask, I do not know whether they will be out of stock after a while

    Wendy HanWendy HanӨдрийн өмнө
  • Thankyou for helping out our frontline workers! I also liked how in the tutorial you chose to do 2 different fabric prints. Then we can tell which side is the dirty side vs clean side if we happen to have to take it off and reuse it again while at work. Thankyou.

    swirlyxbo0swirlyxbo0Өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you!!! I made 12 today!!! I'm going to give them to my local grocery store for the employees. like someone suggested in your comments.

    Google UserGoogle UserӨдрийн өмнө