How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL
Erica Arndt
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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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  • Pam Cameron
    Pam Cameron

    very good instruction, Thank you

  • K.A Asmr
    K.A Asmr

    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?)

  • Beatrix Roomford
    Beatrix Roomford

    Any tips if my machine doesn’t sew over the pleats without a real struggle?

  • Joseph Christakos
    Joseph Christakos


  • Pammila Allen
    Pammila Allen

    Thanks so much for you how to video, sharing out with friends that have the skill, time, and material.

  • ranbowfox

    If the very top layer isn’t 100%cotton will it still work

  • chris inhawaii
    chris inhawaii

    Love it! Probably the easiest tutorial out there. Thank you so much!

  • Billy bob Smith
    Billy bob Smith

    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

  • Randall Hawkinson
    Randall Hawkinson

    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.

  • Malik Grant
    Malik Grant

    Now everyone wanna be a fashion student all of a sudden

  • Kar Bar
    Kar Bar

    Definitely gonna try these. Great tutorial. 💯💥

  • Kathleen Mi
    Kathleen Mi

    Thank you for making these and sharing this tutorial!!❤️❤️

  • Jami C
    Jami C

    Thank you! Very helpful!!!

  • L Ambitious
    L Ambitious

    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

  • Marshall Mom
    Marshall Mom

    Can not find flannel or fabric in stores.

  • Tena Wallace
    Tena Wallace

    Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. Stay well.🙏🏻

  • Stephanie Jackson
    Stephanie Jackson

    can you use a glue gun if you don’t have a sewing machine?

  • yvonne gathing
    yvonne gathing

    Thank you for this tutorial at this time of need. Blessings.

  • Gouri Rafiq
    Gouri Rafiq

    superb lovely n so easy

  • atam mardes
    atam mardes

    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?

  • Elizabeth Kizer
    Elizabeth Kizer

    How much fabric do you think I would need for 200 masks I am thinking of making them for correctional officers

  • Charmaine miles
    Charmaine miles

    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.

  • Julianna Riccitelli
    Julianna Riccitelli


  • Marcos Amaya
    Marcos Amaya

    Where would we get all these materials when most stores are closed rn?

  • Faith Breeze
    Faith Breeze

    Elastic bands are sold out until May... handkerchiefs it is!

  • Gratitude Cross
    Gratitude Cross

    Im confused what the diffirence is between the first fabric and third it lining?

  • Bella Bella
    Bella Bella

    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!

  • gtorres84gt

    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 😊

  • Dianne M
    Dianne M

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

  • Pancha Pistolas
    Pancha Pistolas

    Nice mask. I wish I knew how to sew!

  • Ron McDonald
    Ron McDonald

    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.

  • Tammy Wiggins
    Tammy Wiggins

    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.

  • consumermilitia

    Thank you for this essential tutorial!

  • Yel Lawson
    Yel Lawson

    Thank you.

  • TobyMcfarland

    I love this thank you!!

  • Sunshine Gain'g
    Sunshine Gain'g

    Thanks for this super easy mask!

  • Bhanmatie Ramcharan
    Bhanmatie Ramcharan

    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

  • Judy Wallace
    Judy Wallace

    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 :)

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      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

  • An b
    An b

    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

  • Jennifer Wysokowski
    Jennifer Wysokowski

    Thank you! I used some handkerchiefs for the fabric. Good tutorial for something I know I'll be using.

  • epruyn

    Clear directions! Thanks.

  • Makenzie Long
    Makenzie Long

    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 😔

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

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

  • Ann Y
    Ann Y

    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.

  • ladies Entrepreneurship
    ladies Entrepreneurship

    this was helpful

  • YorkieLuv

    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?

    • hannah923

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

  • Sonia Mendez
    Sonia Mendez

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

  • Maria Fortunato
    Maria Fortunato

    Nurses said not to use Flannel because it's too hot.

  • Tina Schryver
    Tina Schryver

    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.

  • Venus

    too bad I have no sewing machine :(

  • joanna gonzales
    joanna gonzales

    Great job you inspire me to make some.

  • Angieaxoxo

    Thank you for this tutorial. Definitely sharing this on my social media pages. 🤍

  • Jim Noonan
    Jim Noonan

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

  • Marie Norby
    Marie Norby

    how long should the fabric ties be for a child sized mask

  • Karen Carlson
    Karen Carlson

    Can you use interfacing as middle layer instead of flannel?

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  • eileenmacoll

    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

  • honeybrown03

    This has been one of the best tutorials


    What is the best way to sanitize them before donating?

  • Anne Johnson
    Anne Johnson

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

  • CMkarma 555
    CMkarma 555

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

  • BadvsGood

    Well 24 year old man here who is going to try sewing for the first time

    • Randall Hawkinson
      Randall Hawkinson

      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.

  • marisol acevedo
    marisol acevedo

    Thank you so much

  • Shawna Reupert
    Shawna Reupert

    thank you

  • Rinda Kuempel
    Rinda Kuempel

    Thank you for making it so simple.

  • Anna B Brown
    Anna B Brown

    Thank you for your help.

  • Linda Moore
    Linda Moore

    Very good tutorial. Thank you for the details.

  • Leigh H
    Leigh H

    Great tutorial but after sewing them are you laundering them with hot water and bleach if you want to donate them.

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      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.

  • Julia Pridgen
    Julia Pridgen

    What is the best way to sanitize these? Thank you.

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      Wash them in soap and water :)

  • Mama Fehr
    Mama Fehr

    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?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      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' :)

  • April Most
    April Most

    Where did you get the clips.?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      I have these: also all supplies are linked below the video as well. Click 'show more'.

  • puppy BYTE
    puppy BYTE

    where do I get a filter material?

  • Wanda Fielder
    Wanda Fielder

    Thank you so much!

  • Usha Chauhan
    Usha Chauhan

    What material is used for middle layer ?

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

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

  • Cpetrosini

    great tutorial. thanks for sharing!!

  • Stan Johnson
    Stan Johnson

    Thanks Erica!

  • marika

    can these be put in a washing machine and dryer?

  • Stephanie Giles
    Stephanie Giles

    I dont have a sewing machine can I do this by hand

    • Erica Arndt
      Erica Arndt

      Yes, it will just take longer :)

  • pasha r
    pasha r

    Excellent! Super Work made easy.

  • Wendy Han
    Wendy Han

    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

  • swirlyxbo0

    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.

  • Google User
    Google User

    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.