Today I’m sharing how you can make this super simple medical face mask. Please keep in mind these masks will not prevent you from getting a respiratory illness, however they can be used to keep someone who is sick from spreading germs while coughing and sneezing.

In some areas, they are also being used by medical professionals during this time as well. 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!

Watch my How to Sew a Medical Face Mask here:

Download the FREE HOW TO SEW a FACE MASK PDF here!

While handmade fabric masks are NOT a replacement for medical grade masks, in times of emergency, the CDC may allow fabric masks to be used when a shortage such as this takes place. You can read more from the CDC here on the use of homemade masks.


KIDS SIZES: Cut fabric 5”x7”, and elastic 5” long.

DON’T HAVE ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18”-20” in length.

To make fabric ties, cut a strip of fabric 1-1/2”x 18-20”. Fold one short end 1/4” in and sew. Next fold the fabric strip long edges in so they meet in the center then fold in half lengthwise again. Sew down the open edge to secure. Place the tie with the raw edge next to the corners of the mask just like the elastic is shown in the video. Tip: Make sure not to sew over the loose end of the tie as you sew around the mask.

*** Please wash thoroughly after each use! ***

Tip: Use tightly woven fabric, or hospital grade material. Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for masks that will be donated.

With the current shortage, I suggest contacting medical facilities in your area to see if they are in need and if so use your skills to help serve our community in this way!

While wearing homemade face masks may not prevent against catching respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone who is ill sneezes or coughs.

I hope this tutorial can help some of your families and give you a way to give back and help in this time of need.


  1. My mom just got this request from her niece “She wants me to sew face masks and send them to Nikki ( who works in healthcare) so they can put them over the other masks so they don’t run out of them. I can do that. Then they can wash the cloth ones. She said this is getting serious fast for health care workers so they do not get sick.”
    Got this message right after I saw this post. Thanks for fulfilling this need before we even knew we needed it.

  2. Our local hospital requests fabric ties because there is latex in elastic and they avoid latex. They also want a pocket on the front. Thanks for the great video tutorial, as always!

    Diane Eflin
  3. Does anyone know hot to attach cord elastic to this pattern. My machine seems to want to just push it around so I’m concerned it won’t be attached well. I couldn’t find any flat elastic.

  4. I want to thank you on the pattern for face masks. I’m a sewer and I make all kinds of things. I dug out all my fabric and made 63 face masks so far. I gave them to nursing home. Thank you again.


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