DIY, Sew

How to Sew a Face Mask (Two Different Ways)

I’ve recently been sewing a lot of face masks, as I’m sure many of you have too. I signed up to be part of a team of sewists supplying masks for our county employees — police, sheriff, fire department — those people. It’s nice to feel like one can do something.

At this point, I’ve made masks using four different patterns, and I think these two are the best. These are the patterns we are using for the county personnel.

I personally prefer the mask with the cloth ties. It doesn’t slip around at all so I’m not tempted to touch it, and the elastic straps pull at my ears. My daughter prefers the elastic straps, but sometimes we have to make do with what we have or what we can find.

Here are two video tutorials showing how to make the two different styles. I hope these are helpful!


  • Thank you so much for your posts. I am especially enjoying Monty Don’s videos. Keep up the good work! I live alone, and your creative projects and helpful videos have been so helpful.

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