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10+ Patterns for Face Masks

This collection includes several options for DIY face masks. Find a face mask sewing pattern to make to help with a pandemic or flu season.

Updated May 19, 2020

If you've been on the hunt for a homemade face mask sewing pattern, then take a look at this collection of 10+ Patterns for Face Masks. We've compiled all the best tutorials and patterns for DIY face masks around so that you don't have to keep searching.

Find basic masks, masks with filter pockets, expandable masks, fashionable and stylish face masks, and even a no-sew mask for folks who aren't ready to learn a new skill right now. There's also an article explaining which
are the best fabrics for face masks.

Beyond masks, we also have some bonus related projects! Make a headband with buttons to secure your mask without hurting your ears. We also have alternative face coverings that you can sew instead of masks.

Even if you're not looking to sew a mask during this pandemic, these are ideal as DIY dust masks or to wear during cold and flu season, especially for those who are vulnerable.

Editorial Notes: In settings where face masks are not available, healthcare professionals (HCP) might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE), since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option.

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.

We are simply providing options for those looking but want to make it clear that this will not prevent you from spreading or contracting any viruses. It's up to you whether or not you want to wear a mask. We do suggest staying inside and away from others as much as possible during these troubling times.

Below, we're sharing a few printable charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so be sure to take a look at those.

CDC: Face Covering Do's and Don'ts PDF

The CDC has provided this free downloadable chart of the basic "Do's" and "Don'ts" for face coverings.

It's important to follow the government recommendations in order to protect yourself and others the best you can during a pandemic.


Click here to download this CDC PDF

Free Face Mask Patterns

Below, you will find a wide variety of DIY face masks. These fabric masks range in skill level, material type, and additional elements. When sewing a face mask, you'll want to keep in mind that the stronger the fabric, the better.

Some of these even have pockets for filters, which is important in protecting yourself better. We are even featuring a bonus guide on choosing materials and a no-sew mask (check the last two links in this section).

  • Easy Face Mask


    From the designer: "Here is the tutorial: Cut 2 pieces of main fabric and two pieces of fusible interfacing to the table Add the fusible interfacing to the mask by ironing the interfacing on a mild temperature..."

  • Child Size Face Mask


    From the designer: "Here is child-size face mask pattern in multiple size options for different ages. Use this pattern to make masks for your friends and family using their kid's favorite colors or character print."

  • Stylish Face Masks (Free Face Mask Patterns)


    From the designer: "Learn how to make a DIY mask with this easy tutorial. Here I will show you how to make 2 styles of face mask with numerous variations including filter pocket or no filter pocket and different strap options."

  • How To Sew A Face Mask


    From the designer: "Learn how to sew a face mask with this easy to follow picture tutorial. Mix and match with your favorite fabrics to create a stylish yet functional protection piece. Takes about 20 minutes to make."

  • How To Sew A Face Mask With Filter Insert Pocket


    From the designer: "Here's a simple guide how to make a DIY face mask with a pocket for filter insert. Impeccable hygiene is key, wearing a mask is secondary. However, for those of you who want to make a face mask, here is my DIY Face Mask tutorial."

  • Reusable Do It Yourself Face Mask


    From the designer: "Our design is washable and thus reusable plus it is comfortable and fits snugly along the face covering both your nose and mouth. N-95 masks should be reserved for health care and first response personnel so they can safely help their communities."

  • Super Simple Face Mask Pattern


    From the designer: "With this super simple face mask you can help protect yourself and those you care about. These self-made masks will not filter out the virus from the air. But it will stop you from touching your face and transporting the virus to your mouth, eyes, or nose where you can be infected. Additionally, it will help keep infectious droplets if you cough, sneeze, or talk, away from others."

  • Super Simple Face Mask Pattern For Adults And Kids


    From the designer: "Unfortunately, many people have now discovered that all the major stores including the likes of Amazon are currently out of N95 mask or that the prices have been jacked up so much that they are simply not affordable. It's unclear what value a fabric face mask would have but it seems to me it is probably better than nothing."

  • Face Mask With Ties


    From the designer: "This face mask tutorial includes a PDF file that you can print and cut easily. Instead of using elastic, these face masks have bias tape ties - though you could use ribbon as well. They are very easy to sew and require very little sewing skills and ability."

  • Simple Face Mask With Visor Free Sewing Pattern And Tutorial


    From the designer: "This mask has a visor that acts as a shield, stopping your hands from reaching your eyes, or in case someone is close to you, reducing the number of droplets that get in your eyes and mucus membrane. I have eliminated the need for using elastic by using bias tape instead."

  • Unmasking Diy Mask Material - Free Pattern


    BONUS! From the designer: "You are ready make your own mask. Yet you are at a loss as to which materials might have better filtration of viruses. We did a bit of research to figure out why the N-95 can filter out 95% of the bad stuff. One of the things we found interesting is the fibers are entangled randomly unlike the even weave of common fabric."

  • No Sew Diy Mask - Duct Tape To The Rescue


    BONUS! From the designer: "Want to make a mask but don’t know how to Sew? Especially with the CDC’s recommendation for the general public to use face covering when not at home in order to help reduce the spread of COVID 19. Duct Tape to the rescue! Men friendly design features an adjustable fit around the difficult nose area."

Headband Patterns for Attaching Masks

Headband Pattern

Headbands are a great alternative to attaching a face mask around your ears. This is especially helpful for those in the medical field who wear masks all day and need some relief from the constant pulling on their ears.

Headbands and other hair accessories like it also help to keep the hair out of your face, which helps you to keep from touching your face. It can prevent irritation or infection from the mask elastic or ties. Plus, they provide a stylish look to boot.

The Headband Pattern from shown here from Easy Peasy Creative gives you a visual on how to do it and provides tips and a tutorial on getting the buttons right.

Get this Headband Pattern!

Since you can use any headband pattern with some strongly-sewn buttons on either side, we're providing a few more headband designs below. Take your pick and get sewing.

  • Headband for the Beginner Seamstress

    This sewing project for beginners provides a set of instructions for those who aren't used to the technique so that you can perfect your headband quickly.

  • Easy DIY Wide Headband

    Thick headbands are an amazing way to keep your hair in check. Created out of any stretch fabric you would like, this DIY hair accessory is a great way to add some colorful flair to your wardrobe.

  • Turban Headband Tutorial & Pattern (Nb-Adult)

    For this turban, you'll need some stretch knit fabrics, a sewing machine, a pair of scissors and a measuring tape.

  • DIY T-Shirt Headband

    If you have fifteen minutes and have no idea what to do with your hair for the day, this DIY T-Shirt Headband will save the day!

  • Diy Ear Savers

    BONUS! Here is a tutorial for creating very easy and quick DIY ear savers two ways. Medical workers will be excited about the huge ear pain relief! These DIY ear savers only take minutes to make and use up any small fabric scraps you have on hand.

BONUS! DIY Face Covering Options

Not into the DIY masks or want to get creative? There are plenty of ways to keep your face covered with other items you have in your home or can sew in minutes. Of course, as mentioned above, it's important to remember that none of these options will prevent you from spreading or getting viruses.

However, we wanted to provide as many patterns and tutorials as possible to help you stay more protected than you would be without anything. Take a look at the projects below and learn how to make a face cover or see what works with what you have in your home or are up for making in your downtime.

  • World's Simplest Scarf

    A scarf can quickly transition to a face covering. This is a simple scarf that can be made in minutes using any fabric on hand.

  • Scrappy Infinity Scarf

    Use your scrap fabric to make this quick infinity scarf. Simply pull it up to your face when you need last-minute coverage.

  • World's Best Burp Cloth Tutorial

    This easy burp cloth design can easily be quickly refashioned into a face mask with a little creativity if needed.

  • Oversized DIY Sleep Mask

    This face mask can also be slightly adjusted to work as a face mask if you like this one better than the face mask tutorials above.

  • DIY Sanitary Pads

    Similar in shape to some of the basic DIY masks, this sanitary pad pattern can be adjusted as needed to work as a face covering. This is also a handy pattern to have when feminine hygiene products are in short supply anyway.

  • Greeter Deterrent

    For babies! If you have to take them out, using a carrier cover like this provides a little bit of protection from the air. We would suggest leaving baby at home if possible when the outside is a harmful place, though.

  • Bandana Baby Bib Pattern

    Technically a bib but can be refashioned for babies and children if they have to go outside and need to have a face covering.

  • Simple Kids Bandana

    Another bandana option for children that can be adjusted to create a face covering. This is an easy project that can be made quickly.

CDC: Cloth Face Coverings Information

The CDC has also provided this printable chart for important information about cloth face coverings. This goes over how coverings work and how face coverings are different from other types of masks.

It also focuses on what to consider when wearing a fabric face covering like the patterns we're providing on this page.


Click here to download this CDC PDF

CDC: Cloth Face Covering Tips

Finally, the CDC has provided an additional downloadable chart featuring tips on how to safely wear and take off a face covering.

This provides insight on how to correctly wear a face mask so that it's covering what it needs to, why you should wear one, and how to behave when going out in public, then what to do when you return home.


Click here to download this CDC PDF

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I'm a Registered Nurse working in a hospital- on behalf of my brothers and sisters across the country we truly appreciate all the work everyone is putting into making masks for us. I am looking for an easy pattern to make scrub caps, since we are all wearing those too. If anyone has an easy pattern, please share it here. Thank You again for all your help. Janice in PA

I will look. And would love to help get some made for you all!

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