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DIY Custom-Fit Face Masks

DIY Custom-Fit Face Masks

Practice makes perfect, isn’t that how it goes? Our latest face mask patterns address comfort and fit, and they look pretty darn professional, too. While there are many mask styles out there, a mask that truly fits your face is a wonderful thing! Our in-depth guides, instructions and patterns are a great resource to make your best – and hopefully last – face mask.

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Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 1:  Print the instructions/measuring guide document and follow the instructions to measure your face.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 2:  Print the mask sewing pattern and cut the pattern to size using your face measurements from step 1 of the instructions.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 3: Use the pattern to cut 2 sets of fabric (2 pieces for the lining and 2 pieces for the outside of the mask).

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 4: Stitch the darts. Mark darts on the wrong side of cut fabric pieces. Fold each cut piece right sides together along the center line of the dart. Stich from the edge to the point to finish each dart.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 5:  Press the darts toward the bottom of the mask.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 6:  Pin each fabric set with right sides together.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 7: Pin the sets of fabric together at the nose seam.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 8: Stich the nose seam through all layers with ½” seam allowance.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 9: Trim nose seam to 1/8”.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 10: Press the nose seam to the side.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 11: Stitch the nose seam 1/8″ from seam on same side as seam allowance.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 12: Topstitch the darts. Starting at side edge topstitch darts through all layers. At point of dart, pivot, stitch 3 stitches, pivot again and stitch parallel to dart seam to edge of mask.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 13: Use tool to make binding. Cut bias strips 1-7/8″ wide and use a bias tape maker to form binding following the usage instructions.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 14: Press long edges of the binding together aligning folded edges.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 15: Stitch side binding. Stitch binding to short edges by topstitching close to inner folded edge.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 16: Trim binding flush to top and bottom mask edges so the inside of your mask looks something like this.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 17: Stitch elastic. Pin elastic so it loops away from the mask. Ends should cover side binding and be parallel to top and bottom edges. Zigzag elastic in place.

Tip: If elastic starts to creep or stretch under presser foot, stop with the needle in the fabric, raise foot and lower it again; continue stitching.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 18: Fold ends of wire 1/2″ on each side; bend slightly as shown.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 19: Attach wire. Center wire at top edge of mask. Using a zigzag stitch set at 3 wide by 3 long, zigzag slowly over wire. Use caution as wire can flip. Do not hit wire with machine needle.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 20: Fold binding to attach. Fold ends of binding in 1/2″ and pin to top edge of mask.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 21: Pin top binding. Binding should completely cover wire and elastic. Carefully pin so edges folded inside binding are not visible.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 22: Topstitch top binding. Topstitch along inner folded edge of binding, being very careful not to hit the wire with needle as you stitch.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 23: Stitch bottom binding. Pin and stitch binding to bottom edge of mask, making sure elastic is covered and all stray edges of the binding are tucked inside.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Step 24: You’re done! This is what your finished mask should look like.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

 

Step 25: Add a lanyard and keep that mask handy during mask breaks. Follow this easy tutorial to make one. If you have children who need masks for school or other indoor activities use this instructions/measuring guide combined with this face mask sewing pattern that is designed for children. Follow all of the same steps as above.

Dritz how-to project: face mask

Finally, stay safe out there! For the times you do need to wear a mask, this pattern really addresses how the mask fits your face, how it feels when you wear it, and how it looks!

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