How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL

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Please visit CDC here on the proper use of homemade masks here:
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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  1. Joanna

    Joanna11 orë më parë

    Learn from my mistake: DON'T iron over the elastic, guys, it'll melt! Cool tutorial, thank you! :)

  2. c e

    c e11 orë më parë

    hi I was wondering if I need to iron on the interfacing

  3. Dina Aronson

    Dina Aronson12 orë më parë

    You're awesome! This would take me 3 hours -- I need to figure out how to use a sewing machine first. Thanks for the inspiration and amazing instruction. I'm going to try this.

  4. Joanna

    Joanna11 orë më parë

    What measurement would you use for a childs mask?

  5. Justine Soboleski Rucano

    Justine Soboleski Rucano12 orë më parë

    Having trouble sewing through all sides because of pleats. Any advice will be appreciated.

  6. Janice Andersen

    Janice Andersen12 orë më parë

    Thanks for this pattern. Easy to make. But I found them a way too big. Will make my next one 8" x 6", and perhaps a shorter elastic length.

  7. Rinkoo Kukreja

    Rinkoo Kukreja13 orë më parë

    Very nice and helpful. Positively good.

  8. JENI RiBi

    JENI RiBi13 orë më parë

    can’t believe people will dislike this!

  9. Claudia Garcia

    Claudia Garcia13 orë më parë

    Thanks for doing this

  10. Deborah Bacom

    Deborah Bacom14 orë më parë

    Thank you for this. My granddaughter starts her first nursing job in three weeks. The hospital's supply is in such short supply, she was asked to provide her own. I made three in one hour. I'm sure production and quality will improve during the days ahead!

  11. Zionist Messianic

    Zionist Messianic14 orë më parë

    Which sewing machine do you use

  12. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt14 orë më parë

    I have this one:

  13. Hip Homeschool Moms

    Hip Homeschool Moms14 orë më parë

    Fantastic tutorial!! Sharing. Thanks so much for doing this!

  14. Bonnie Paskell

    Bonnie Paskell14 orë më parë

    Thank you for the pattern. It is working very well. The only addition that I made is to sew in a wire twist tie At the top on the inside so that the wearer can make it tight to the nose.

  15. TheSnarkette

    TheSnarkette15 orë më parë

    Thank you for this -- clear, concise and I love your practical style.

  16. Jesse Armstrong

    Jesse Armstrong15 orë më parë

    My wife and I are nurses and do not own a sewing machine. If anyone is willing and able we would be willing to pay for a few of these and shipping we are desperate at this time. Thank you and god bless

  17. Jesse Armstrong

    Jesse Armstrong13 orë më parë

    Erica Arndt of course it’s our job. Really do need these, if you know anyone or you yourself could send a few we would pay and pay for shipping. We are desperate

  18. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt14 orë më parë

    Thank you so much for your help!

  19. Barbara Esaian

    Barbara Esaian16 orë më parë

    I like your tutorial the best

  20. Maria Faiz

    Maria Faiz16 orë më parë


  21. Sylvia Nunez

    Sylvia Nunez16 orë më parë


  22. Sophiecjp

    Sophiecjp16 orë më parë

    I would add the floral wire to the top so you can pinch it around your nose. I saw this in another video.

  23. Michelle Baranowski

    Michelle Baranowski17 orë më parë

    What measurement would you use for a childs mask?

  24. Michelle Baranowski

    Michelle Baranowski12 orë më parë

    @Erica Arndt Ok thank you, I just made one from your video very easy thank you, I have have alteration shop for the last 38 years here in Pa. and have a lot of requests for masks, One added thing I did was about 1" in on the top of the mask from each side I put a 1/4" tuck on each side which then made it lay up closer to the nose..instead of the other ones that have that wire inside..hope that helps..I hope to get back to prom and wedding gowns soon...

  25. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    Alternate sizes are listed below the video

  26. Martins Tobi

    Martins Tobi17 orë më parë

    Where can I purchase the materials you used?

  27. Joyce I Be

    Joyce I Be18 orë më parë

    Awesome video. Thank you so much. Want to make some for my daughter who is stuck in France

  28. Phyllis Harper

    Phyllis Harper19 orë më parë

    Help! My machine won’t sew thru the folds on the sides where it gets thick w several layers of fabric folded for the pleats. What can I do??

  29. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt14 orë më parë

    I would suggest using a denim needle if you have one and your machine is having a hard time. Also go slow, or use your hand crank on the side to manually sew through the layers more slowly.

  30. Teach Children

    Teach Children19 orë më parë

    Erica, when I tried to sew over the folded pleats in the last step, 2 needles broke!! What did I do wrong?

  31. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    You might want to try a denim needle, also go very slowly over this thicker area.

  32. Jennifer Leonard-Schaffstein

    Jennifer Leonard-Schaffstein19 orë më parë

    This tutorial is awesome! I got supplies from local pharmacy but not great instructions, and I wasn't sure how to use the 3 layers correctly. This is so clear and helpful-thank you!

  33. Cheryl Ross

    Cheryl Ross20 orë më parë


  34. 1sola1verita

    1sola1verita21 orë më parë

    super idea!!

  35. Barbara OConnor

    Barbara OConnor21 orë më parë

    Very good video, thank you Erica!

  36. Colin Heatherington

    Colin Heatherington23 orë më parë

    Excellent, the best I have seen of all the "tutorials" abounding. I shall definitely be making lots of these, I have lots of remnants of fabric from other upholstery projects.

  37. Melly R

    Melly RDitë më parë

    Totally recommend using a zigzag stitch or overlocker along the sides if using tightly woven fabrics. They fray very easily, so this additional step will prolong its life if it’s going to be washed a lot ❤️ Fantastic tutorial and easy to follow ❤️

  38. darren chong

    darren chongDitë më parë

    It is awesome that you state upfront that such masks alone will not prevent catching the covid or other virus. There are too many videos that never state so and ill-informed people will think these cloth masks work on its own!

  39. Anna Dobbs

    Anna DobbsDitë më parë

    I love this! You are so good at explaining it so that anyone could give it a go, right down to the corner turns and pushing out the corners. Great video!

  40. Jessica Marie Merrick

    Jessica Marie MerrickDitë më parë

    God Bless You & Yours ❤️✝️🕊🙏🏻

  41. Abby’s Life

    Abby’s LifeDitë më parë

    Stay home stay safe everybody!!😊😷🦠

  42. Land of Happy

    Land of HappyDitë më parë

    Great job teaching us!

  43. A Aa

    A AaDitë më parë

    Fabric stores are closed a week ago.

  44. Antonina Moscon

    Antonina MosconDitë më parë

    Hi Erica thank you for this informative tutorial. East and quick to make. I feel Elastic around my ears would annoy me so I've decided to put ties or elastic that goes around my head. Cheers and good luck you are a champ.

  45. Melissa Galvan

    Melissa GalvanDitë më parë

    This is so cool but I wonder if it helps for COVID-19

  46. henry hudson

    henry hudsonDitë më parë

    I just wanted to thank you for this video. I got a mask kit from joann fabrics and the instructions were difficult to understand for a very basic home stitcher. Your video is so simple, straightforward and easy to understand I was able to do one in a few minutes. And you introduced me to those wonderful clips I'd never seen before! You're a lifesaver!😊

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  48. T Ali

    T AliDitë më parë

    I wish you could have modeled the finished mask so we could see how well it fits. Thanks I love the idea, simple and easy.

  49. Kim Crutch

    Kim CrutchDitë më parë

    Thank you for the inspiration! Great tutorial. What a great way to help in my own community, especially since, like most, I have tons of extra material laying around.

  50. Rae Sparrow

    Rae SparrowDitë më parë

    I'm trying to make this mask. When I try the last step - sewing around the outside - I have trouble where the folds are. They come undone when I try to sew them. Do you have any advice on how I can make them stay in place? I'm using the clips. I tried with two different needles. Do I need to change my presser foot?

  51. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt14 orë më parë

    You may need to use a denim needle if you're having a hard time getting through the layers. You may need to just go very slowly.

  52. Jennifer Gutierrez

    Jennifer GutierrezDitë më parë

    What about denim?

  53. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt14 orë më parë

    I would stick to 100% cotton fabric, I believe that is what most places are recommending. It's easy to sanitize and is breathable.

  54. a2pha

    a2phaDitë më parë

    Looking for non-sewing machine mask instructions.

  55. Marcy Sloan

    Marcy SloanDitë më parë

    @Erica Arndt When making the children's mask, and at the end section when you create the accordion hemming. the adult size is 3 inches total, what would the children's be?

  56. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt14 orë më parë

    I would still do around 3", but you can measure your child to make sure it fits.

  57. FairfieldBaptistTN

    FairfieldBaptistTNDitë më parë

    Hi! Thanks for the tutorial! What size measurements should I use for a child size mask?

  58. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    More sizing Info is below the video.

  59. Sherri Evans-Stanton

    Sherri Evans-StantonDitë më parë

    Is there any way to adjust this pattern to include a pocket for a filter and a place for a wire to help fit better around your nose?

  60. Mason Amberfall

    Mason AmberfallDitë më parë

    Hey!! I'm completely new to the fabric and sewing world, can anyone recommend some fabric/fabric types for this? I don't know how to start >__>

  61. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    I have a getting started quilting series if you're interested:

  62. Paola

    PaolaDitë më parë

    I dont have a sewing machine 🥺

  63. Janice Eulau

    Janice EulauDitë më parë

    I sewed in a couple of twist ties in the top seam to mold over the wearer’s nose.

  64. Janice Andersen

    Janice Andersen12 orë më parë

    I will try that with my next one. Thought I would use those little 4" green ties that you get at the produce counter.

  65. Ask to seduce Miss

    Ask to seduce MissDitë më parë

    yesterday and ICU nurse was in there buying material for that purpose. They say you can sew pipe cleaners into the area around your nose. Thanks for the tutorial.

  66. Mai Hoang

    Mai HoangDitë më parë

    Thanks for sharing!!

  67. Mariposa Nana

    Mariposa NanaDitë më parë

    no sewing machine

  68. mechelle vaughan

    mechelle vaughanDitë më parë

    Very helpful & very appreciated .. Thanks for sharing.. Blessings to you & yours. Shalom

  69. Mary Westness

    Mary WestnessDitë më parë

    I think I need to make them 1/2 inch bigger in each direction for seam allowance.

  70. Ask to seduce Miss

    Ask to seduce MissDitë më parë

    Thank you so much for this!

  71. beth taylor

    beth taylorDitë më parë

    Did you wash all three fabrics ?

  72. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    The masks are re-usable and should be washed before donating or after each use

  73. Happy Germ

    Happy GermDitë më parë

    I want to try but I do not have a sewing machine. Could you provide some recommendation and a material list? Thanks so much!

  74. Big Little Girl

    Big Little GirlDitë më parë

    i wanted to do this cause your tutorial is the best so far but.... feet and inches 😓😭 oh noooo

  75. Big Little Girl

    Big Little Girl13 orë më parë

    @Erica Arndt you rock! 💓💓💓💓 thanks a 💐

  76. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    6" x 9" or 15.24cm x 22.86cm

  77. Thom Michaud

    Thom MichaudDitë më parë

    If hospitals can't take these, you should make and donate them to your local grocery store for their employees. They are not being protected. Just watch, in about 2 weeks their will be a ridiculous amount of grocery workers coming down with covid19.

  78. Suet Yang

    Suet YangDitë më parë

    Thanks, love this tutorial. Will try to make some

  79. Sick Chick Designz

    Sick Chick DesignzDitë më parë

    How long do you cut the elastic, trying to help our local hospital

  80. Erica Arndt

    Erica ArndtDitë më parë

    There are measurements below and in the video.

  81. LBV

    LBVDitë më parë

    You are a ROCK STAR!! I am such a beginner, you have no idea! I have barely gotten a straight line down (kinda) and this was easy enough for even ME to do!! Thank you sew sew much!! Get it?? ; )

  82. Christine Veale

    Christine VealeDitë më parë

    Best video I’ve see for making masks👍. I used interfacing in place of flannel.

  83. Sacha Jones

    Sacha JonesDitë më parë

    thank you

  84. Hopek Murray

    Hopek MurrayDitë më parë

    This was great and thank you!

  85. Lisa Walck

    Lisa WalckDitë më parë

    Thank you for your time to put this up. I think the elastic may be too short though. When my husband ( who is a health care provider and was an Army Medic) and I wore them, the elastic seemed to pull down on the ears and caused them to ache after a short time. We went to 8 inches and they fit more comfortably. Just wanted to share this in case anyone else has the same problem with the 7 inch.

  86. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    I also have a tutorial for ties if that helps:

  87. Nannsp1

    Nannsp1Ditë më parë

    7in for the elastic is too short. Too much tension. Try 8.

  88. Erin Quinn

    Erin QuinnDitë më parë

    Can you make one with openings for a PM 2.5 filter to slide in?. It would just take adding another piece of fabric covering 2/3 of the back so the filter could slide in.

  89. Mo Swiney

    Mo SwineyDitë më parë

    Could I use fleece instead of flannel?

  90. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    I wouldn't use fleece, too hot and not as breathable. Use 100% cotton fabric instead.

  91. Catherine O

    Catherine ODitë më parë

    Thank you so much for this!

  92. Jean Donovan

    Jean DonovanDitë më parë

    This is by far the best tutorial on the internet Easy to do and fuss free Not like most of the other ones Thanks a lot

  93. Stephanie Gilley

    Stephanie GilleyDitë më parë

    Your elastic looks to be 1/4th of an inch in width not 1/8th. Can you verify this?

  94. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    1/8" or 1/4" doesn't matter much, use whatever you have. I also have a video for ties:

  95. ionthetarget

    ionthetargetDitë më parë

    Excellent tutorial and thank you. The clips are a great idea.

  96. Mary Martin

    Mary MartinDitë më parë

    Thank you! This is the best video/directions I have seen on making a DIY face mask. I can do this one. 👍

  97. Jennifer Scarini-Ockers

    Jennifer Scarini-OckersDitë më parë

    Thank you lovely lady.

  98. Hooded Dreamers

    Hooded DreamersDitë më parë

    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.

  99. mikin lirou

    mikin lirouDitë më parë

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

  100. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    Here's a tutorial for fabric ties:

  101. Mandy Ho

    Mandy Ho2 ditë më parë

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

  102. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt13 orë më parë

    I have one here:

  103. tough nut

    tough nut2 ditë më parë

    Waaaw. That's nice thank you

  104. Family Crothers

    Family Crothers2 ditë më parë

    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.

  105. mikin lirou

    mikin lirouDitë më parë

    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