Fabric Face Mask with TIES OR ELASTIC

If you would like to sew fabric masks, I’ve created a simple 1-page pattern of instructions. These are very easy to make!


Print it, share it with friends, pass it around.
Or save the pattern image below to your phone.

Feedback I’ve received from many healthcare workers is that elastic behind the ears is causing ear fatigue…..and also limits the sizing flexibility. My husband and I need different sizes with elastic/fabric (for an ear-style mask), but not for behind-the-head. It would be a shame to make a bunch of masks and then the fit be limited.
ANSWER: Make masks with ties!
Lots of sizing options!
And very comfy.

Watch the tutorial on my YouTube channel here, or just hit the play button below…

The pattern calls for the same length of elastic on the top and bottom (13 inches), which I found to be more comfortable on my husband and our male neighbor (who wears masks regularly). And while the bottom elastic–which can go around your neck–was looser on me, I still preferred that, because it can go up on your head instead. This gives the most options for the most amount of people (if you’re making these for people you don’t know). I would hate to make the bottom elastic too tight on someone and then they can’t use it. Of course if you’re making the mask for yourself or someone you know, make adjustments as you like! Cutting the bottom elastic a couple inches smaller might work better for you.

No problem! Make a mask with ties! I prefer using knit fabric for these because most knits don’t fray at the edges, and most people have an old T-shirt or worn-out pair of leggings laying around. I actually prefer the ties now (over elastic). But if you don’t have knit fabrics, make the ties from other fabrics! Knits just stretch well and make for a variety of sizing.

Some have mentioned that elastic won’t hold up well against high heat washing/drying in hospitals. So if you’re making these masks for that kind of donation, I’d probably go with 4 knit fabric ties in the 4 corners. Watch how I do that in my video. If these are being made for clinics, or people that can wash their mask at home, elastic might be fine.

The best kind of knits for this have a bit of spandex in them. Just look at the raw edge of the fabric. If it’s already rolling up a bit, then it’s going to work (watch me cut up a pair of leggings here).
Still not sure if it’s a good knit? Cut a piece off and try tugging on it. Try using a stretchy soft t-shirt (not the cheap “free t-shirt” stuff you might have from an event). Or use a pair of worn out leggings (the Cat and Jack ones from Target work GREAT).
AND IF IT’S NOT ROLLING UP, YOU CAN STILL USE IT! The ties won’t be as stretchy, but they will still stay nice on the head because of the texture of the fabric, which doesn’t slip on the hair as much as ribbon or other fabrics. Maybe cut them a little longer, about 20 inches? (since they won’t stretch)

At the bottom of the pattern, there’s a size chart for teens, children, and toddlers.
I have tested all sizes but the toddler one. If you try it and have feedback, please share. I guesstimated based on the other sizes.

The pleats allow the mask to expand and shape around your face.

Yes, this mask style works very well over an N95 mask (or similar grade). See photos below.

Yes. To make the mask mold around your nose better, you may insert a pipe cleaner, floral wire, twist tie, or small piece of flat bendable metal to the top inside of the mask before forming the pleats. Topstitch next to it to hold it in place. OR, you may sew a small piece of bias tape to the outside of the mask — insert the metal piece into the bias tape instead so that it can be removed before washing.

Yes. This mask is designed with an opening at the bottom edge, so an additional piece/layer of filtering material can be inserted. Ideally, after each use you would wash the fabric mask, dispose of the filter, and insert a new filter for the next use.

In a medical setting, a paper-like fabric called “surgical drape” works well. It is papery on one side, and has a slight plastic film on the other side. It’s lightweight enough to breath through, but adds a barrier to help keep moisture from coming in or out of the mask. I’m not sure if this fabric is available currently online, in light of the pandemic.
People have mentioned that cut-up vacuum bags are a good “fabric” to use for a filter layer.
Other ideas include: an A/C filter fabric, a layer of knit fabric, non-woven interfacing, dryer sheets?
IF YOU ARE USING INTERFACING, I would NOT fuse it to the fabric, but just cut it to be inserted as the disposable filter between washings.
Some even just use an additional layer of fabric in lieu of another option.
Please Note: I have not tried all these options. This is just info I have heard from others.

Cut a piece that is about 7 x 4 inches (for the adult size mask in this pattern). Fold it in half lengthwise, and trim the ends so they angle and curve in (very approximate)–see my photo below. Basically, make it look like the shape of the mask when it’s open.

—more FAQs below the photos—-

Wash the mask in a washing machine, and then dry. If you have worn your mask to the grocery store, I would take the take the mask off when you get to your car. Place it in a bag, so you are not spreading germs into your car. When you arrive home, wash the mask. Here’s a great idea for a bag….

To make washing easy, sew a drawstring bag, place the mask in the fabric bag after wearing it, and throw the whole bag in the washing machine!
I have a video for making a simple drawstring bag here.

You can also use a fabric drawstring bag to place scrubs and other worn items in, before entering the car or a home. Throw the whole bag and included items in the washing machine together. I have a video for making a simple drawstring bag here.

(to help them secure masks with elastic around the ears, so their ears can take a break?)
Yes. I have a simple knit fabric headband video that you can adjust as needed.

I am not organizing a group to sew masks or accepting donated masks.
Please check with your local support center before sewing large quantities of masks, to confirm they will accept donations. Check with friends in the medical community, as they might have ideas of where to donate. Make a mask for a friend or for yourself.

I am not a medical expert. These are not meant to replace real medical supplies nor the N95 masks that are used in medical settings.
I have read that doctors and other medical staff need extra supplies and masks. They’ve said that fabric masks can be used over the top of an N95 mask, so that N95 masks can be worn for a longer period of time. Or these masks can be used in situations where a simple surgical mask is typically worn, to reserve other masks for COVID-19 medical staff.

Be safe and healthy, friends!

WARNING: This is an educational tutorial only. This tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom is intended to be used for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used to create a medical or similar device. This tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom is not intended, nor has it been tested, to reduce or eliminate the transmission of any respiratory or airborne pathogen, allergen, or any type of particle or droplet, and on that basis, should not be used for any such purpose. Dana Made, Inc., MADEEVERYDAY.com and Dana Willard make no warranties express or implied, that this tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom is intended, or is suitable for use to reduce or eliminate the transmission of any respiratory or airborne pathogen, allergen, or any type of particle or droplet. Any user of this tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom for anything other than educational purposes assumes the risk of serious injury or death. For information on how to reduce the transmission of pathogens, please consult a qualified and competent health care professional.


  1. 1) Sandy


    • 2) Dana

      If you don’t have elastic, you can Sew bias tape ties…OR, cut some strips of knit fabric and sew one into each corner and then you will have knit fabric ties. I will be sharing about that later in my instagram feed.

      • 3) Betty

        We are out of elastic too. We are using elastic headbands. One headband makes two ear loops. I got 72 at the door store for $9.00

    • 4) Chrissy

      You can rip the elastic from an old fitted sheet.

      • 5) ann

        Yes! I have found a large piece of 3/8 ” elastic in a contour sheet. Thanks.

      • 6) AJ Wischmeyer

        Thanks for the pattern. I am over 65 with a wonky immune system so will definitely be wearing a mask when I have to pick up my groceries for the foreseeable future.

  2. 7) Rochelle

    Thanks for this post! If you place the elastic behind the ears instead of over the head, you will be able to use less elastic. As a nurse practitioner, all of the surgical masks I’ve used have been behind the ears, while N95 masks are typically over the head.

    • 8) Dana

      Yes. I have heard from my medical workers that it is uncomfortable behind the ears, with prolonged wear. But you can definitely sew the ear kind as well! I would use 7.5 inches of elastic for an average adult, and 7 inches of elastic for a smaller adult.

      • 9) Yashira

        And how long for kids ?

      • 10) Marcia K Gardner

        My daughter asked for some headbands with buttons sewn on them. They will attach the elastic to the buttons instead of around the ears.

    • 11) Penny Serwe

      I was told that the elastic behind the ears causes issues for the nurses, etc.

      • 12) dee

        My nurse daughter prefers the elastic BEHIND the ears.

  3. 13) Sharron

    Another benefit to NOT using elastic – using fabric ties instead – longevity. I suspect at with repeated boiling/bleaching/intense sanitation, elastic will not stand the test of time. Ties will. Just an idea!

    • 14) Dana

      Yes, good point!

      • 15) LISA MAJERSKY

        If the elastic gives out, it can be cut in halves, and tie each corner piece to another thing like shoelaces, or whatever can be found. Please don’t chuck out these masks just because the eleatic gets shot. We keep making more, and more people want them.

  4. 16) m grazia

    Thank you so much Dana! I’m writing from Milan, Italy. We’re in a very poor situation! So thank you once again! God bless you and your wonderful family

    • 17) Dana

      Oh wow. I’m sorry for everything going on over there. I hope you stay safe 🙂

  5. 18) Darcy Childress

    9″ high by 8″ wide or is it the opposite? Thanks for the clarification and the pattern!

    • 19) Dana

      9″ wide x 8″ high 🙂

  6. 20) Diane

    This is a great pattern. I would, however, recommend that you also include fabric ties as the elastic won’t hold up to a lot of hot water washing.

    • 21) Fran

      Another thought:
      I don’t think putting metal in the masks for adjusting over the nose is a good idea. The metal could rust or could poke through the fabric.

      • 22) Dana

        Thanks Diane! Great input. I just updated the tutorial, and created a video to use knit fabric ties. I actually like that better now!

    • 23) LouAnn

      How long do you make home made ties

  7. 24) Speattle

    Love this pattern! Thank you so much, but I am also confused about which way the measurements go on the mask. Does the 9 inches go up the face, or across the face.

    A former oncology nurse and now an oncology patient going through treatment.

    • 25) Dana

      The fabric is 9 inches wide, 8 inches high.
      So the 9 inches is what spans across the face.

      • 26) Gayle Hoock

        Thank you! I also wanted to know this as it is not clear in the directions. I am a nurse manager and will be making these for all or my staff. Our plan is for them to wear it every day and wash it at night. They will get one surgical mask a week to wear over top of the cloth mask…this will hopefully preserve our short supply.

  8. 27) Laura

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I’ve heard from an Industrial Hygienist for a large chemical company that there is a greater seal than when the elastic just goes around the ears.

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  10. 28) Eilidh

    Hi Dana!
    If you straighten a large paper clip and sew it into the top of the mask you are able to mould it around your nose and will achieve a better fit this way and can still wash it as normal. Just about to make some for my family. Thanks for posting
    Eilidh x

    • 29) Dana

      That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

    • 30) Zenon Holtz

      The bendable re-closure pieces from bags of coffee make good nose bridge strips – they are like a stiffer, wider twist-tie usually plastic over wire.

  11. 31) Kathy

    How long should the fabric ties be?

    • 32) Brandi Lentz

      How long should the ties be for kids/teens?

      • 33) Dana

        For Kids I would cut the fabric 7×7 inches, and the ties 15 inches long
        For Teens I would cut the fabric 8×8 inches, and the ties 16 inches long

    • 34) Dana

      18 inches long (46 cm)

  12. 35) Janet

    just Finished the first mask. I would suggest making the bottom elastic about 2” shorter to make it tight enough.

    • 36) Dana

      Yes, It’s not a one size fits all. The elastic in the pattern worked better on my husband and on our adult male neighbor, but the bottom part was looser on me…but you can just pull that up higher on your head.
      OR this is why I like the knit fabric ties better now than the elastic!
      Give that a try and see what you think 🙂

  13. 37) Erin

    What type of fabric is recommended? Thanks!

    • 38) Dana

      Cotton fabrics work well.

  14. 39) kristine


    Thank you so much for making this easy face mask pattern. Since I don’t have Instagram, would you mind sharing the video so I can see it? (that’s if you can) I’m not able to see Instagram stories without an account. Thank you for sharing this and all the hard work you do producing awesome content. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to learn to sew and I will definitely be using your tutorials.

    Thanks, Kristine

  15. 42) Ann

    How long shall I make the fabric ties

    • 43) Dana

      18 inches

  16. 44) CARRIE



    How big is the finished mask (Up and down) after the pleats are in it? Like 7 X ?

    • 47) Dana

      The finished mask is 8×3 inches (WxH)

  18. 48) Barbara

    In this tutorial you used the same fabric on both sides, and in the description it says to use two different fabrics so you no the front from the back. I will definitely be making these with 2 different fabrics, and I thank you for this tutorial and all the other you have put out in the past years. I wish you and your family to be safe and healthy. Barbara xo

    • 49) Dana

      Yes, please use two DIFFERENT fabrics. I’ve been updating info and ideas as they come in, and my original tutorial did not reflect that 🙂 Thanks for your patience 🙂

  19. 50) Rani

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been frantically making masks and shipping them out as quickly as possible. Stay safe and healthy!

  20. 51) beth

    This is wonderful thank you! love the straps-I have added a little wire to the nose band- and then you can mold it to the face-THe hospitals really appreciate that feature-I use headpiece making wire. Any medium gage jewlery wire works great-just bend edges so they are not sharp!!

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  22. 52) sue

    don’t know if it was mentioned, but ties could be made from lengths of selvages also. They have a tighter weave than the cotton fabric they are attached to.

    • 53) Dana

      Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  23. 54) Kristin A Farwig


    I recently finished 20 masks and I used elastic – the thin, round type. I had to tie a knot on each end, which was very time consuming. Then I saw your tutorial and thought using knits as ties was a brilliant idea. I just went to Joann’s and bought 2 yards of a knit fabric. I asked the sales gals about knits, as I know nothing about them, other than that there are different stretch capabilities. Well, I cut a strip of the knit I bought and stretched it. It did not roll, and it also developed what I would characterize as ‘runs’. Did I buy the wrong type of knit? What type of knit should I buy? Thanks.

    • 55) Amy

      Did you sew it up one side and turn it rt side out? Like a casing or tubing? That would stop the running. Could stitch before cut it also. OR serge edge before turning.

      • 56) Cjh

        It’s possible if the strip is cut the other direction, it will roll. That is lengthwise of the fabric instead of crosswise?

        • 57) Kristin A Farwig

          Thanks for your reply. I’ve already returned the fabric.

      • 58) Kristin A Farwig

        Thanks for your reply, but no, I didn’t sew it.

    • 59) Dana

      Hi Kristin, Sorry about that. I wonder if you bought rib knit. But NO WORRIES. YOU CAN STILL MAKE IT WORK! 🙂 DON’T SEW THE FABRIC INTO TUBES (I mean, you can, but that will take too long). Just use the knit fabric that you have (cut them slightly thicker if needed so they’re not piecing apart at the edges) The ties won’t be as stretchy, but they will still stay nice on the head because of the texture of the fabric. It doesn’t slip on the hair as much as ribbon or other fabrics.
      FOR GOOD STRETCHY KNITS – the fabric needs to have a bit of spandex. I would try a stretchy t-shirt, or worn out leggings (if you have kids with old leggings, the Cat and Jack leggings from Target work GREAT). Hope that helps!

      • 60) Kristin A Farwig

        Thanks for your reply. I bought poly knit and returned it. Someone in my guild donated some tee shirts to use for the ties and one inch strips roll nicely from those.

  24. 61) Katherine

    Do you leave the opening permanently open? Thanks

    • 62) Amy

      No, topstitch all the way around it .

    • 63) Dana

      YES. LEAVE THE OPENING OPEN permanently. Sorry, I am updating info as it comes in from other sewers. So that was not reflected in my original pattern. You don’t have to leave it open. You can topstitch all the way around. But if you finish off the opening area separately (watch in my video) then people have the option of inserting a filter piece, if needed. Then they can pull that out, wash the mask and insert a new filter layer (which is that papery like “fabric” that you see on disposable medical lap covers, chest covers at the dentist, etc)

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  26. 64) Nancy

    Hi. I was wondering can this be easily hand sewn? I’m sacrificing some Doctor Who fabric to make a couple for a family member who is at high risk

    • 65) Amy

      Just make the stitches smaller and really secure your ties or elastic.

  27. 66) Nancy

    Hi. Question. Can this be easily hand sewn? I’m planning on making a few for my family since we have someone who is at higher risk and it is allergy season.

    • 67) Dana

      Most projects can be handsewn! I always remind myself that people were sewing long before there were machines 🙂 It will just take you a little longer, and you need to make your stitches smaller and try to be consistent. Just practice on a scrap of fabric first and you’ll get the hang of it. 🙂

  28. 68) Amy

    I see no mention of using iron on interfacing and that is what I have been doing so its not so porous. I have also seen where they are sewing buttons onto stretch headbands and looping elastic around the button instead of behind the ears.

    • 69) Dana

      Hi Amy, I have seen people use NON-Woven interfacing inside of the layers, but I have not tried this out. I would check with the facility you are sending these to. Or if it’s for yourself, experiment with it first and see if that works.

      • 70) Dee

        I’ve been using fusible interfacing in mine and I must say that it is a struggle to sew the pleats down, even after I switched to a denim needle and removed lint from the feed dogs. Thoughts?

  29. 71) Dawn Ferris

    I used a 3 inch piece of aluminum flat (5mm wide) beading wire for nosepiece. Zigzag stitched it to inside piece of fabric. You can round off the ends of the strip so it doesn’t poke through outside fabric and aluminum doesn’t rust when washed. I got the flat wire at Hobby Lobby– comes in 3 yard package so one package will make 36 masks

    • 72) Dana

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  30. 73) Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing the mask info. I’d like to make some for my family.

  31. 74) Jessica Mathews

    How big are the pleats?

    • 75) Dana

      They are about 3/4 inch each, but they don’t need to be exact. Just make 3 pleats, so that the total finished height is about 3 inches tall (rather than the 8 inches tall that we started with). Hope that helps!

  32. 76) Mary n

    How long should the elastic be for around the head for a adult?
    Thank you

  33. 78) Pavitra Chakravarty

    Hi Dana
    Do you have any idea what kind of filter can be inserted in front and where I can purchase it?

    • 79) Dana

      In medical facilities, the “filters” are small pieces of that papery-fabric material (the kind of stuff that the dentist puts over you at an appointment.) Since the average person doesn’t have that, I have heard people mention cutting up a vacuum bag to fit inside the mask, or A/C filter, or a non-woven interfacing. I have not tried any of these myself. That’s just info I’ve seen floating around.

      • 80) dee

        Seems like I read somewhere that vacuum bags and HVAC filters sometimes have fiberglass in them, which might not the safe to breath through plus the fiberglass might break down in the washer & dryer.

        • 81) Wendy

          Maybe a coffee filter would work.

  34. 82) Holly

    Instead on a paper clip to mold the mask to the face, I take a 6×6 piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and roll it super tight. It doesn’t rust

    • 83) Dana

      Great idea. Thanks Holly!

  35. 84) cindy

    About how tall should a finished child size mask be?

    • 85) Dana

      2.5 to 3 inches tall would be great

      • 86) Cindy

        Thanks so much!! ❤️❤️❤️

    • 87) Joleen

      Hi. I do not sew at all. I didn’t make dozens of those no pill fleece tie blankets tho. Any ideas on how to make a mask with with tying the fleece?

  36. 88) Carla

    Does the material have to be cotton? I was given a box of all kings of material and not sure what kind it is. Nothing is stretchy. Does thickness matter?

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  38. 89) Betty leonard

    Our hospital and probably yours will have a pattern for you to use that fits their specifications. Ours doesn’t want ties, only elastic ear loops. Check with your local hospital first so they can use what you worked so hard to make.

    • 90) Dana

      Yes. My recommendation as well.

  39. 91) Faiza

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial! I couldn’t find elastic anywhere so this is perfect!

  40. 92) Heidi Squadrito

    I have been using 1/4” bias tape for the ties.

    • 93) Dana

      That works great too!

  41. 94) Marlene

    Need a source for non woven interfacing. I am OUT!

  42. 95) Rebecca

    The 3rd video I don’t see the templates. Where do I go to find them please?

    • 96) Dana

      You don’t need a “template pattern piece” if that’s what you’re referring to. It’s just rectangles of fabric. The 1-page pattern of instructions guides you through the steps. It’s here in this blog post, go to the very top and click the DOWNLOAD link, or just screen shot the image of the pattern.

  43. 97) Vicki

    No elastic? No bias tape? How about shoestrings. Then the finished end won’t fray.

  44. 98) Val

    The elastic is all wrong too tight around head and too loose around chin!

    • 99) Dana

      Give it a try! It fits really well! It doesn’t go under your chin. Both elastics go behind your head (or one can go around your neck). See the images of people wearing the mask.

  45. 100) Arabella

    Hi there I love how you create all these ideas and share them.

  46. 101) Elizabeth Vegvary

    Thank you so much for the tutorial on the knit jersey ties!!!! What a totally fun trick! It worked perfectly and sped up the mask-making process considerably. Plus the jersey ties seem to tie easier and hold better. I really appreciate your tips and videos and patterns. Stay safe, Elizabeth

    • 102) Dana

      Thanks Elizabeth! I actually like the fabric ties better also!

  47. 103) AZ

    PS above works with the right measurements. Just print on 8.5X 11 sheets

  48. 104) Deb

    Best one and easiest I found. Thank you for this video; so easy to follow.

  49. 105) Danette K Johnson

    When I click on teh link to download the printable pattern, it doesn’t work.
    It says “nothing found”.

    • 106) Dana

      Sorry about that! I was just updating the pattern. Try clicking the link again. You may need to clear your browser history or cache for the new file to load.

  50. 107) Gayle Hoock

    Hi Dana,
    Has anyone said what size to cut the filter to fit inside the mask?

    • 108) Dana

      I added that info above, here in the post. Read the FAQ stuff.
      I cut mine 7 x 4 inches, then folded it in half lengthwise, and curved the edges, so it ends up being about 2 inches where the sides of the mask come together. The photos above will help you visualize it better.

  51. 109) cHELSEY

    Can I use flannel for the fabric ties and will that be stretchy enough to still have the same comfort/stretchiness? Thanks for the video – new sewer here.

    • 110) Dana

      Flannel won’t stretch, but you can use most fabrics if you don’t have a knit….they will just fray at the edges, unless you sew them more like bias tape, or into a tube. But you could always cut the edges of your fabric with pinking shears (those zigzag scissors) to help prevent fraying.
      Hope that helps!

  52. 111) Brenda

    I am using a pattern similar to yours.
    But… I cut two Worcester of 9” x 15@ 100% cotton fabric. .
    I sew right side to wrong side
    I’m using pipe cleaners 6” long with ends bent in to avoid sharp points from poking the wearer.
    I sew that in.
    I also use 2 round ( knotted ends ) elastic 10”
    each and sew them in each corner (to go around the head and around the neck.
    I also dart the sides and make a dart at the bottom of mask—so it fits snugly around sides and under the chin.
    I make a pocket slot in mine, so my filters can be tucked inside.
    My filters consist of 973F fusible fleece fused to 1500 MPR furnace filter.
    They end up being 3”x 5”
    The filter side is away from face and the pellon side goes towards the face. Each filter is labeled and marked. Every mask gets 3 filters (per person) the filters can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried; meanwhile the cloth mask can be laundered and clean filters put back in.

    Just my own little variations adapted here.
    Retired if 18 years from Operating room nurse/surgical tech.

    Stay safe everyone. 😷

    • 112) Christy Ireland


  53. 113) GIna

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern for the mask, as I have nurses in our family and they know how the shortage of masks are effecting them. Our family appreciates your pattern.
    You and your family stay safe during these trying times, due to the pandemic.

  54. 114) Crystal Elston

    Thank You, Thank You Dana! You are fantastic!! Will be making some this weekend.

  55. 115) NancY

    I live in a large senior community(225 residents) and have been making masks, elastic works better as many are unable to tie the ties behind their heads. Have been using colorful fabrics and high quality unbleached muslin for the lining. Dear sweet husband presses as I see!

    • 116) Nancy

      Last word for my post should be sew!

    • 117) Dana

      I love that your husband is helping out!

  56. 118) Nancy

    Last word for my post should be sew!

  57. 119) Leah

    Thank you so much for this

  58. 120) deborah

    Great job! i have read that some fusible linings may have formaldehyde that doesn’t wash out (in the glue).
    also i have read that if the person is wearing it over the n95 mask, the fusible makes it really hard to breathe
    with all those layers so some have suggested not to iron on the fusible. maybe you could just cut a few squares of non iron on and since there is pocket, they can remove that “filter” and replace it with their own preference.
    Gardening gadgets have bendable rubber coated wire or other types of things to tie plants to stakes. they might work great.

  59. 121) Kim U

    I have been using a 4 inch piece of pipe cleaner (use needle nose pliers to curl the ends in), centered on the long side IN the seam allowance and zig zag stitching over it BEFORE turning right side out and top stitching the edges and pleats.

  60. 122) Jamie Xu

    But I can’t able to buy more elastic band.

  61. 123) Dorina

    Hi Dana, Thank you for this mask!! I was hoping that you also make a facemask and you did! In fact, this is the best pattern I have seen so far.
    You are great as always!

  62. 124) Christy Ireland

    I just wanted to thank you so much for taking the time to make such a simple pattern to follow! I can’t wait to get started!

  63. 125) jessica

    How can I get the knit ties to roll up in the right direction that the pattern is on? It is being stubborn and rolling in on the wrong side. Any suggestions?

    • 126) Dana

      You have to cut the fabric the other direction. Watch my video. I talk about that briefly in there. But even if it rolls to the wrong side, that’s fine! They just need to be ties!

  64. 127) Lynn Jones

    Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial. I made my first one this morning. I love the knit ties. I just cut up an old soft t-shirt. I wondered if anyone has tried to use the knit like you would the elastic? I think it might work to cut it like you were doing the elastic over the ears. But did not want to waste my knit fabric if it just did not work and would stretch out.
    Thanks again.

    • 128) Dana

      Yea. I’ve thought of that….but I decided that the ties give you more options with sizing, so I’ve just stuck with that.

  65. 129) Annabelle Hammer

    I have run out of elastic and bias tape too. I have a lot of polar fleece around though. Will it work if I cut 1/2-inch x 18-inches pieces of fleece for the ties? Thanks! Love your tutorial.–Annabelle

    • 130) Dana

      That’s a fun idea, sure try it! I like it!

  66. 131) Katherine

    Thank you for this, Dana! I have been experimenting with cutting “rings” from legs of tights – they roll up beautifully and you can tie a little knot to shorten them if they are too big for those who want to wrap around ears. and they are soft. Can also cut “rings” from the panty portion at top of tights and then snip to use for lengths of knit ties. Also I think, if nobody has already said it, that cutting such rings from the bottom of t-shirts and snipping to a length of knit tie strip is a great way to use stuff you have.
    Or raid those old clothes for elastic in the waist.
    And just a thought, as I might be insane, but who isn’t right now: What about cutting up old bras to use as a liner,
    as long as the fabric is breathable enough? the cup shape is already there. Anybody working with this idea?
    Thank you for your terrific tutorial and wonderful follow-up.

  67. 132) Cathy

    THANK YOU so very much!!
    Today we were advised to wear masks outside our homes.
    My daughter and her boyfriend live in Brooklyn and have been adhering to the stay-in-place guidelines.
    I made them masks and sent them in the mail so they can use them during their necessary trips out.
    THANK YOU!!!

  68. 133) Dawn Castonguay

    Hi, I do not know where i could get surgical drape and my vacuum bags are way too expensive. What do you think about using several sheets of new coffee filters for the insert? BTW, i did google and CDC said that as far as simple filtration goes sheets top the list (the higher the thread count the better) for the DYI masks. They actually have a graph, big surprise, where tee shirt material comes in second. Sorry, i don’t remember the rest of the options. Looking forward to making these, thank you for the pattern. DC

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  70. 134) EGrant

    Thank you so very much for your great tutotrials and illustrations for making much needed masks. I believe the pictures with the man and little girl show the masks worn wrong side up. I believe the masks should be worn with pleats pointing down for best protection.

  71. 135) ROse

    P;ease, Please, Please let people know that if they use elastic it should be latex free. Also please discourage the use of flannel if it is the layer next to the nose and mouth. Flannel sheds/lints tiny fibers that would be dangerous to breath in. I know some of the “experts” were recommending flannel but they are not thinking about or aware of this danger. To see what I mean run a clean lint roller over the flannel (a darker colored flannel will show this better than a light one but the light ones shed too).

  72. 136) Danice

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. The ties behind the head will be so much more comfortable for those of us who wear glasses. Going to make some of these masks today.

  73. 137) Melissa

    Hello Dana! I hope you’re doing well. 2 questions for you, do I pre-wash my quilting cotton before I start this project? Also, do I finish the bias tape edges before inserting them into my project to sew? Thank you!! Melissa M.

  74. 138) Barbara

    I have come to understand the pleats on the fabric mask are to be pointed down so as to protect against dust particles.

  75. 139) Rebecca Sharim

    Hi Dana, my husband and I are both physicians and I’ve been looking for a pattern for masks. I’m a beginner sewer and also was using your great circle skirt instructions a few years ago. You definitely have the best mask tutorial around and we so appreciate your talent and willingness to share <3

  76. 140) Krista Richardson

    Dana, these are helping people in Long Beach, too–thanks for being so quick with the pattern and making all your updates. It’s pretty near perfect! xo from the beach

  77. 141) Gabriela gammo

    Hi Dana! Thanks for this simple tutorial! It’s the best so far! I just shared it with the Organic Fabric Company mailing list!


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