Make a Face Mask with Nose Wire

With the latest COVID-19 face covering requirement from Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown, we have a free mask pattern and tutorial for you! We hope this free pattern and video are helpful to you while we navigate this “new normal” with face coverings in our everyday lives.

View our video tutorial on Instagram.

Mask Instructions

Supplies needed: 

This pattern includes a ¼” seam allowance. 

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  1. Print pattern piece at 100% to scale. Measure the box on your printed piece to make sure it is exactly 1” square. 
  2. Cut pattern piece out and discard excess paper. 
  3. Fold your Main fabric so that right sides are together and selvages are aligned. 
  4. Place your pattern piece on the fabric with the pattern grainline parallel to the selvage edge of your fabric. Pin in place or use pattern weights so that the pattern doesn’t shift during cutting. Cut around the pattern piece. 
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for your Lining fabric. 
  6. Transfer elastic placement notch marks to the wrong side of your fabric pieces. 
  7. Pin the Main fabric pieces together along the center front. Sew with a ¼” seam allowance, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. 
  8. Finger press the seam allowance to one side. Edge stitch along the seam you just sewed, making sure to catch the seam allowance as you go. 
  9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 for lining fabric. 
  10. Next, attach your elastic. Cut one elastic piece 14” long and one 11” long. (Note: you may need to adjust these measurements based on the size of your own head.) Refer to the placement marks on your pattern. With your Main fabric piece right side up, pin the 14” elastic to the corresponding notches, making sure there is ¼” between the edge of the elastic and the raw edge of the fabric. Repeat for 11” elastic. 
  11. Sew across each elastic end at ⅛” from the edge to secure it to the Main fabric piece. This will help hold it in place for the next step. 
  12. Place the Lining piece right sides together with the Main piece. Pin around the edges, making sure the elastic is sandwiched in between. 
  13. With the wrong side of the Lining fabric facing you, on one half of the Lining piece transfer the notches marking where to leave open so that you can turn the mask right side out once it’s sewn together. Start sewing at one of these notches, making sure to backstitch. Continue sewing all the way around the mask using a ¼” seam allowance until you get to the other notch. Backstitch. 
  14. Turn your mask right side out through the opening. Finger press around the edges, making sure to tuck in the raw edges of your opening with a ¼” fold. 
  15. OPTIONAL: Insert Flexible Nose Piece
    1. Measure 1 ¾” from both sides of the center seam and mark.
    2. Sew from mark to mark, using a ⅜” seam allowance. 
    3. Edgestitch along the top of the mask. 
    4. Thread the nose piece through channel you created. 
    5. Stitch the ends closed, making sure to back stitch at each end. 
  16. Edge stitch around the edge of the mask, tucking in the seam allowances at the opening and making sure not to catch the elastic as you go. 

You made a mask!

Well done! Thank you for taking your health, and the safety of others seriously. We’re all in this together.

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8 Responses to “Make a Face Mask with Nose Wire”

  1. kimberly taylor

    Just found video on Instagram!!! Thank you.

  2. Ruth

    Is there a way to make this pattern so a filter could be put in it?

  3. Modern Domestic

    Of course! You could finish the side seams separately to create a gap on the side, allowing you to insert a filter. Thanks!

  4. Sarah

    Great and comfortable pattern! If you prefer ear loops, use 7 1/2” elastic loop attached at same notches.

  5. Yvonne de Maat

    Really comfortable mask!
    A trick I learned while learning to make bags at MD:
    Make the inner fabric a little smaller, so it doesn’t bunch up inside.
    I made a hybrid with the Olsen mask, so that a filter can easily slide in.
    Thanks for this great pattern!

  6. miller machine shop

    Thank you so much for sharing this information about make a face mask with nose wire. very nice and inspiring!! Thanks for sharing and look for more in future!! I hope you keep update us with such great tips and information in future too. This is a great post; I will share as much as I can.

  7. Susan B. Barber

    Nice! The information I got through this blog has really helped me in making nose wire. That was something, I was desperately looking for, thankfully I found this at the right time.

  8. Apparelyn

    Thanks for sharing the information about how to make a face mask with nose wire.

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