Right now is probably the best time to learn how to make a mask! We are in an epidemic and that is why making masks is the first sewing tutorial I want to post about!
First and foremost I would like to say you do not need to sew for every mask, here is a tutorial on how to just make a mask with a bandanna, elastics, and sometimes a coffee filter. Here is one link with a bottom down view and here is a link with a front facing view! And here is another by Jan Howell to show you how to no sew one out of a shirt!
A lot of the posts I have seen for sewing masks have been on my Facebook, and I know there are many different tutorials and many different types of masks that can be made! One of the first posts I had seen was this one by Kaitlyn where she actually adds wire into the mask- something I had not thought of before or seen in other tutorials yet!
When making masks, you need materials! The materials I specifically use is some cotton I bought from Walmart (wash the fabric first! It can bleed and shrink so just get that out of the way!), some interfacing that my friend suggested from this site (this is just an extra layer to put in the middle), and some sort of elastic, fabric, or ribbon. I bought this because it’s not very thick and doesn’t hurt my ears as much so I recommend it!
So there are many ways on how to make masks, some are very easy and some can be more intricate like Kaitlyns. Here are some tutorials on sewing with and without a machine!
- Treasurie shows two different styles of one mask type, one with a pocket and one without.
- Titiz makes another style of mask.
- Jess Dang shows how to make two different masks. MOM DOES DIY also does a version of the first mask.
- Machine sewing is very similar if not exactly the same as hand sewing but a little bit faster. Melanie Ham does a mask that you tend to see more often.
- Erica Arndt also makes another simple face mask style close to Melanie Hams style.
- Sweet Red Poppy makes a mask that you can tie around your head. She adds a few extra steps so it looks a bit more complicated.
- Sew Much Moore In Store makes the same style as Sweet Red Poppy but it’s a bit easier.