How to Sew a Face Mask

In lieu of the previously scheduled Introduction to Sewing classes, here is an instructional video on how to sew a face mask. In the spirit of many crisis of the past, the makers of the world feel compelled to help. In the face of World War knitters (learn more) made service people socks, scarves, and sweaters with the guidance of the Red Cross.  Today, we are called upon to make masks in the face of Covid-19.

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Pattern & Guidelines:

This tutorial uses the adult pattern with an added 1/4 seam allowance, available at the following URL,…, with a few adjustments. This pattern was recommended by Owensboro Health here:… . This site recommends the duck cotton and 1/4 elastic which is not used at the original pattern site.


Materials Needed:

Outside: Duck Canvas Cotton
Inside: Quilting Cotton
1/4 in elastic cut into two 7″ lengths
Quilting Pins
Machine Sewing Thread
Iron & ironing board.


Additional Resources and Reference: 

For Beginners – 10 Minute Face Mask Pattern: DIY Face Mask with Elastic in 10 minutes—Sewing Tutorial. (n.d.). Retrieved April 3, 2020, from


News Coverage:

Enrich, D., Abrams, R., & Kurutz, S. (2020, March 25). A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America. The New York Times.
Friedman, U. (2020, April 2). Face Masks Are In. The Atlantic.
McCue, T. J. (n.d.). Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage. Forbes. Retrieved April 3, 2020, from
Parker-Pope, T. (2020, April 3). Should I Make My Own Mask? The New York Times.
Zapotosky, M., Stanley-Becker, (n.d.). U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,000 in single day, White House expected to recommend wearing of masks. Washington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2020, from
Nicole H. Scalessa
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