How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL

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    Get the FREE PDF PATTERN here:
    2 pieces cotton fabric 6" x 9"
    1 piece cotton flannel or interfacing 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.
    For fabric ties: use a strip 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 length 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 was. Tip: Make sure not to sew over the loose end of the tie as you sew around the mask.
    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 and it would work nicely :)
    *** 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!
    While handmade fabric face masks are NOT a substitution for N95 masks, in times of emergency, the CDC may allow handmade fabric masks to be used when critical shortages take place. You can read more from the CDC here on the use of homemade masks here:
    According to the CDC website "homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face."
    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.
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    1. Jennifer Scarini-Ockers

      Thank you lovely lady.

    2. Hooded Dreamers

      Literally just want to make this because it’s the only time it’s socially acceptable to go out dressed all black with gloves and a mask.

    3. mikin lirou

      I'm an M.D. Mask looks great. I would switch from elastic to fabric ties, though.

    4. Mandy Ho

      I can’t find elastics anywhere! A tutorial to show how you make a fabric tie alternative would be great!

    5. tough nut

      Waaaw. That's nice thank you

    6. Family Crothers

      Hi this video is great. Hope you don't mind if we are linking it on our volunteer mask maker group's website. Thank you for the effort.

      1. mikin lirou

        Would Duck cloth work to make a mask? It's 100% but very heavy. My brother is an ER Doctor and his wife is a nurse - I want to make some masks for them since they are at

    7. Epic Dyslexic

      Awesome tutorial, thank you for sharing. I've been making my own masks long before this all started because I'm immunocompromised and this is such a faster and simpler way to make them. Also wanted to add that if anyone is going to donate masks they also should make sure not to use any material with latex.

    8. Carol Kunik

      I am confused about why in the end you closed up your opening?

    9. Yanet Soriano

      This type of mask are perfect to wear over your N95 mask so if someone coughs germs on your mask you can still reuse the n95 without it being contaminated. Great job I'm sure you've helped a lot of people with this video.

    10. Alicia Henry

      Hi can you put info with the list of things I would need and where I can buy them that’s reasonable plz,I want to make some to donate.

    11. A'z fodayzz

      Thank u so great!

    12. Christin S.

      Thanks for the tip of the bread ties to go on the nose. Was wondering what I was gonna put there and I have plenty. I'll be using loose hair bands for mine and a shower curtain material. Not the plastic shower curtain but the shower curtain on this outside of the shower. If anyone feels that's a bad idea. Please, lemme know and give me your thoughts. I work at a grocery store and the masks for our cashiers was stolen. Me and some other people are pitching in to make them reusable masks. Free of charge.

    13. Laura Goodman

      I just wanted to say thank you!!

    14. Stephanie Weikel

      Thank God I came across your video 🙌🏻 by far the easiest to follow! Thank you so much!! I do have a question? Do you have measurements for kids size?

    15. Lindsay Elle Louise Wilson

      These are not medical grade, tested, or designed to catch fine particulate matter. I am an epidemiologist and these are giving people a false sense of security. Not ok. Sewing a fabric mask does not mean it protects you against COVID. Hopefully this message does not get deleted

    16. Helen Ellsworth

      Well if it doesn't prevent viruses why bother?

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    18. Louise Campbell

      I've looked at alot of ALsel tutorials and yours is the best. Thank you so much.

    19. Terry Caskey

      Hi used a 7" elastic strip for the tutorial and pinned it at a 1/2"...what do you do with the 6" for women? Put it at 1 inch?

    20. Diane Ericson

      No flannel!! Nurses say it's too hard to breathe because of moisture build-up!

    21. Catherine Husband

      This was easy. Thank you for the tutorial. Just as a suggestion-- I added a little tuck on each side of the nose to tighten a bit more to help a little more with glasses and fogging. up.

    22. Maureen Flood

      Would Duck cloth work to make a mask? It's 100% but very heavy. My brother is an ER Doctor and his wife is a nurse - I want to make some masks for them since they are at greater risk.

    23. miapia17

      Never used my sewing machine before, worked super well. Making them out of old pillow cases for all of my family members.

    24. Beth BethC

      Instead if pinning them (I don't have any of the clips) I just took a very small dab of hot glue and glued the elastic on, then put the top fabric on and sewed. Super easy, especially if you are doing a bunch of them. I only made 20, and it went very quickly. Used cotton quilt batting for the middle. Thanks for this tutorial!

    25. Norma Jean McLagan

      I'm in the process of making 44 of your masks. Can you tell me if hospitals or other facilities are accepting this kind of mask since it's not technically a surgical mask? Thank you so much!

    26. МОЁ ЛЕТО

      cool video see what we came up with a mask to do look on my channel Yes I am from Russia

    27. unoriginal gay bitch

      Guys this doesn't work for the 13.1 version

    28. E Gunther

      Thank you. I really appreciate this tutorial

    29. hen ko

      masks can be "retrofitted" with this method. The wire improves the mask to make it easier to breath through, fit more comfortably, and seal out more germs.

    30. Larry Pointer

      Masks are not long enough try eleven inches long. And ties might be better than elastic. Elastic rubs the ears sore after awhile. And allow for seam allowances

    31. Greg West

      Why are people making these if they won't protect you fro the virus ?

      1. hen ko

        Erica. Thank you so much.

    32. Jack Fleming

      I've seen where you can use a tampon for a face mask. They say that it works!

    33. Life with M&A

      Check out my diy face mask I made for me and husband on my channel thanks!

    34. Craftpocalypse

      Have you tried the "fu" version of these masks? I love the pattern from Joost De Cock. One thing I've read online is that doctors and nurses wearing these all day (thank goodness for these heroes right now!) prefer masks that either tie around the head or use elastic around the head, rather than elastic around the ears. Thanks for your pattern, I'm going to try yours - perhaps with some experimental modifications!

    35. Molly Jackson

      This was the easiest most well done tutorial. THANK YOU !!!!

    36. Lyndon

      I found out that many of my local craft stores are either sold out of elastic, or closed until this virus settles! In case you run across this issue too, I bought some elastic headbands (about 1/8" thick) and they work just as great!

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    38. Silly Fool

      You do not put a wire on the top for tightenging on the nose ?

    39. Lady Shay

      What can we use in place of flannel?

    40. Mitch Stone

      These would be no more effective than a painters mask, unless used with the N95 or similar mask's! Just by themselves won't prevent you personally from catching it! It would be good to use with the other mask's to be able to use them for longer periods! Awesome that people want to help!

    41. Cvrly Girl

      What can you substitute for interface ? Fabric stores are all sold out 🥴

    42. Deb Jacobson

      I just subscribed to your tutorials. You are a great teacher. It is also easy to follow what you are doing because its as if I am peeking over your shoulder. You have a new fan Erica. Thank you so much.

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    44. Making Fake News Real News

      Wow, I'm so glad I looked this up. My mamaw, who passed 09/09 last year, was a huge arts and crafts enthusiast. She sewed little summer dresses every year for Hati. Now I am 36, been 20 years since almost 30 years since l used a sewing machine, but I'm a fast learner. And if I can start churning these out in five minutes, then as my mamaw would say, "You done a good job there." I feel so worried for our first responders, for families not able to visit their sick relative, to individuals dying suddenly, alone on top of that and then if you're lucky a graveside service of a few. So to anyone out there, working the front lines, donating your time and money, I salute you! Know I pray for you and all of us everyday! To those suffering any negativity from this situation, a sick loved one, I'm also praying for you. It's scary for all but no matter if you're Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist.... believe in something! And to each and every American, hang in there. We're a long ways from finished. A "flattening of the curve" is only a start. If anyone needs to talk, my email is uk389117 at Gmail. And I thank you OP for such a thorough but quick tutorial. I seen six minutes or so runtime and thought, hmm, this may work!

    45. Antonín Dvořák

      This is perfect! Half of my family works in healthcare and it is heartbreaking seeing them having to reuse the same mask without additional equipment being given to them. I’ll be making these for them and more people at their workplace as needed. Thank you!!! ❤️

    46. kahila ayungamila

      hello how long are the lastic bend can some one tell me

    47. Michelle Fel

      I find that there is a gap under my chin. Is it meant to be a snug fit under the chin?

    48. Stacey Porter

      I have two questions why is the white middle layer needed and why is it pleated?

    49. Wendy Nicholss

      When you say flannel?? Would it be possible to give an example??

    50. Cybill Morgan

      Where do you get those small clips. And what section of the store

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    52. Mary Lei

      Thanks so much. You have made this really efficient.

    53. Cheryl Wadsworth

      Hi, Erica. Good informative tutorial with clear instructions and demo. Where did you get the tape with lines on it 1/4 in each that you put down over your pressure plate? I could use this to line my fabric up better before it is sewn, because my marks are on the back behind the pressure plate. Thanks again!

    54. x itskaitlyn x

      I’m am 11 and I am off for 6 weeks from school and I wanted to pick up a hobby to keep me busy. I think this will be a good hobby to give back to my community + my aunt is a nurse so I think it would be a good way to give back to her as well. Thank you for this tutorial! 😊

    55. Genesis Bates

      if i can only find 1/4th elastic what can i do.. can i cut the elastic lengthwise to make it thinner?

    56. Ngozi Amadiegwu Igwilo

      Very simple tutorial thanks a lot

    57. Jenn

      I wanted to try this this but so many people told me this would not protect at all.. I will still make some for my kids. It's better than nothing. Great tutorial!

    58. Sima Matthes

      Can someone please share the amount of yardage I would need (2 fabrics + flannel) and elastic I would need to make 25 masks? I am a novice sewer, and just can't do the math! Thank you!

    59. Winter man muzika

      Great job

    60. Forsaken Jones

      Fabric stores are closed .Can I use micro fibre cloth? I found Arm@Hammer Micro Fibre General Cleaning Cloths at the Dollar Store.

    61. Connie Ramsey

      These masks are great and easy to make. But they primarily work to help keep people from touching their face with their hands (that may have picked up the virus ), they will not filter out the virus. The virus is mostly contracted from hand to face/mouth/nose/eyes, so you'll know if you try to touch your face - you'll touch your mask instead. Wear these when out in stores especially, also wear glasses! Then wash your hands. Thanks for the tutorial!

    62. The Soulbutterfly

      Great tutorial. I am a beginner just started sewing classes a few months back. Obviously it is cancelled now but my teacher said she believes in me lol so I will try my best to manage these. Might take more than 5 mins but hey if I have done one properly I will jump with joy for my success :D Out with the sewing machine so...

    63. Elisa Macias de Lopez

      I’m making them for kids. I’m just wondering where does the placement of the elastic go for the kids measurements?

      1. Erica Arndt

        Make the kids masks exactly the same way put the straps 1/2” in from the end

    64. Carol Meagher

      will this cover a n95 mask? is it big enough? and also, use non-woven fabric instead of flannel liner

    65. Jill d

      My hospital (in Chicago) needs these masks! All providers are wearing masks (universal masking) in order to protect others from being infected when a asymptomatic provider is at work. We have been told to wash them at home in between shifts. We are still wearing appropriate medical masks or N95 masks when caring for patients with respiratory symptoms. But wearing cloth masks for other patients will mean we can save the medical masks for those situations where they are absolutely necessary. Thank you so much to those of you who can make these masks! I encourage you to reach out to your local hospitals to inquire if they are looking for donations of these masks.

    66. Katy Duross

      im donating my time to make 1,000 masks and im only 12

    67. lisa mullins

      Can you use polyester for the outside portion of the mask??

    68. Jasmine Lynch

      This is going to be my first sewing project EVER, but my grandmother wants me to make her one for work. So wish me luck!

    69. Maggie R

      As I understand it, these are only good to remind you not to touch your face not any good for anything else as it doesn’t protect the water droplets from escaping. Waste of time

    70. Susan Leibowitz

      How people come up with these idea. Bravo.

    71. Dana Stalewski

      I don’t have flannel at home, would fleece be a good substitute?

      1. Erica Arndt

        I would use 100% cotton, not fleece

    72. Annet King

      I'm making this my project this weekend! thank you so much!!

    73. Szonja Amiri

      Very helpful video even for beginners, just finished my first one😉 Thank you!

    74. LoveN' Happiness

      I wish people who have access to a sewing machine make these at home while off of work and sell to us people...soon fabric will be sold out

    75. E. Robert MacDonald

      Fabulous video. Just made two. I should have used a light cotton though. I will made more for my friends.

    76. Witchery Ways Novelty Shop

      thx stay safe from covid-19

    77. Linda Attreed

      Nurses say No flannel-- It keeps moisture Use interfacing - iron on lightweight instead.

    78. Carla MacLeod

      what would the measurements be for a child?

      1. Erica Arndt

        They're below the video, and in the PDF Download

    79. Jenny Gutierrez

      I don’t have flannel fabric can I just use the same fabric back and front .

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