Looking for a free printable face mask pattern? You’re in the right place. If you don’t want to bother with any science-y stuff and was to skip straight to the patterns for face masks, then you can use the jump to links below to automatically scroll to the free printable face mask sewing pattern roundup.
If you’ve been here before you may remember a lot of text about the lack of research behind cloth masks. Initially the research behind cloth masks was doubtful, and even indicated people who wear masks might touch their faces more. This has since proven to be untrue, based on a study of more than 7,000 people who in fact touched their faces less. Like all good science, and those of us who respect it, the reason it’s reliable is because it has an inbuilt mechanism to prove itself wrong.
The evidence is building that mask-wearing, cloth or otherwise, has an impact when a significant percentage of a population wears them, especially when they have layers.
This study by the CDC investigates a hair stylist infected with the virus who passed it along to a colleague. Both stylists and clients wore masks during appointments and none of their 139 clients were infected despite that both members of staff actively had the coronavirus.
Anyway, here is a short list of tutorials other individuals have worked to create. I have not tried any of them, but if you do I would love to know the results.
Homemade face mask blog / written tutorials
Face mask sewing pattern
This pattern is also available for Cricut and Silhouette users
DIY fitted face mask
by Made by Barb
Barb is a maker of all sorts and has kindly provided a tutorial on how to make a 3d style mask. Big respect for her “I’m not a scientist, but I can draft a pattern” approach.
Blogger Monica first shared this pleated pattern in 2018 as a tool to help her cope with what sounds like awful allergies. My heart goes out…!
Face mask pattern
by Sew Simple
This pattern is in German, but the visual instruction is so good you don’t really need to be able to read the language to get the gist.
Surgical mask PDF pattern
This pattern is not free, but the $8 price tag includes support from a professional seamstress. For those of us who struggle with sewing skills, this may be a better option.
Face mask with ties
This face mask pattern aims to help eliminate ear fatique from elastic by replacing it with tieable fabric strings.
Video tutorials on how to sew a face mask
How to make a face mask with filter pockets
Duckbill style face mask tutorial
Children’s face masks
Sometimes kids face masks can be harder to come across and are also better fitting for women with smaller faces. Most gender neutral adult use items are designed for men, from phones to joint replacements. Why should masks be any different? So if you’re a lady struggling to find a face covering that fits then perhaps consider a child’s mask. And, of course, kids need kid sized masks! Here are a few child friendly mask template options:
No sew facemask video tutorial
You can also follow a photo tutorial for this no sew face mask here.
Olson face mask pattern for kids and grown ups
by Sew Can She
Caroline is a superbly talented sewer. This mask seems like the best option if one must use a made from scratch mask. There’s even space for an additional filter. She also provides a pattern for children’s masks. Props to the author for doing her research and not making false claims about anything.