Simple Face Mask Tutorial in English and Spanish

with printable pattern & video tutorial
In Spanish and English

During the Covid-19 pandemic, makers are stepping up to support community members, workers, and volunteers with homemade face masks. Talent Maker City is supporting this by coordinating supplies and lending machines to makers. They've asked me to make a tutorial and it has been a privilege to work on this! Medical professionals in our area of Southern Oregon are not accepting homemade masks yet, but are in critical need of medical supply donations such as surgical masks, n95 respirators, latex free gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. 

 Contact to pick up supplies or borrow a sewing machine in order to make masks for our community. 

 A deep thank you to all the medical professionals and public servants, and essential personnel who are working, risking, and sacrificing everyday. This includes my own mother, sister-in-law, cousins, and dear friends - I am so proud of you!

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Click on image below to print. Use 8.5" x 11" paper and check 1" scale marker


Sewing Pattern DIY face mask


como hacer un cubreboca

  • Cotton fabric
  • Muslin fabric 
  • 1/8" Elastic 
  • Thread

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron 
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape 

Prepare your fabric by washing and drying. Optional: do a vinegar rinse for color steadfastness.  Iron.

Cut one 8” x 8” square of cotton fabric 
Cut one 8” x 8” square of muslin fabric 
Cut two 7” pieces of 1/8” elastic

If using the printable pattern, chalk the lines and marks. 

Step 1 
Mark 1/2” from the top and bottom of each side for your elastic. Pin elastic between the two layers, making a loop on each side. The elastic will make your square bunch if you pin both sides, so pin just one end and anchor the other end as you sew. 

Step 2
Pin squares with right sides together. 

Step 3 
Sew together leaving a 2” opening at the bottom.As you sew, back stitch over the elastic for added strength 

Step 4 
Clip corners, turn right side out. Press. 

Step 5 
(Optional) Insert a 6“ pipe cleaner with ends folded and twisted. Pin in place at the top. 

Step 6 
Pin and press three tucks horizontally along the mask startingand ending 1” from the top and bottom of the mask. Each tuck is a little smallerthan 1/2“ and will render a mask that is about 5” tall.(Be sure that the tucks are pleated in the same direction. Use grey lines for guidance.) 

Step 7 
Topstitch mask with a twin needle or two parallel stitches. 

Como hacer un cubreboca

Corte un cuadrado de tela de algodón de 8 "x 8" 

Corte un cuadrado de tela de muselina de 8 "x 8" 

Corte dos piezas de 7" de elástico de 1/8"

1. El primer paso es marcar el lugar en donde vas a poner el elástico. Mide media pulgada de la parte de arriba hacia el centro, y media pulgada de la parte de abajo hacia el centro.

2. Pon los frentes de tela de los dos cuadros empalmados con el elástico en medio y fija todo con alfileres.

3. Cose todo al rededor dejando un espacio de costura de tres octavos de pulgada. Deja una abertura de dos pulgadas en la parte de abajo para voltearlo.

4. Corta las esquinas, voltéalo y plánchalo.

5. Esta parte es opcional pero vale la pena. Puedes agregar un limpia pipas de seis pulgadas, doblado y torcido en los extremos del cubre bocas. Fíjalo verticalmente con alfileres y después cóselo. Esto le dará una mejor estructura.

6. Esta parte es la parte más difícil pero no es tan mala. Fija con alfileres tres pliegues y después plánchalos. Para hacer los pliegues, pellizca la tela más o menos media pulgada y dóblala hacia abajo. Puedes usar las instrucciones del patrón y marcar los dobleces con un lápiz antes de doblarlos. Todos lo dobleces necesitan estar en la misma dirección. El cubre bocas terminado necesita medir cinco pulgadas de alto.

7. El último paso es hacer dos puntadas paralelas en la parte superior del cubre bocas y es todo, terminaste!

Out of elastic?  Use 15" of twill tape to make four straps.  Be sure to double fold/sew the ends so they don't fray in the wash.

A special thank you to these three women for paving the way:
Lesley, a nurse from Texas, for this helpful document about mask drives:

Deaconess, a hospital in Indiana

Sue Quackenbush, a costume designer in Oregon:

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