sewing Instructions

Proper hygiene is critical when making face masks for healthcare providers

Wash your hands for 60 seconds with soap and water

Sterilize your sewing machine with disinfectant

Wash your hands again before continuing to work

Wear a face mask while making a face mask

Step 1

  1. Wash the fabric from the kit

  2. Sanitize sewing machine, and tools

  3. Sanitize any other material in the kit

  4. Iron the fabric from the kit received

Step 2

  1. Download the Pattern "Man" from this Online PDF

  2. Print the 2 pages

  3. Please be sure to check the
    2" gauge after printing out pattern for accuracy.


Step 3

Cut several patterns out, so you can lay out more than 1 at a time on the fabric.

Disclaimer: Please discard the pattern specified on the image, and use the Pattern Man for the mask.


Step 4

The top of the sheet and pillowcase can be cut off and ironed open, so that the fabric can also be used for masks.

Step 5

To cut out large quantities, fold the fabric into 4 layers or as thick as you can, so you can cut comfortably.

Step 6

To get the most pieces out of your fabric, layout of pattern pieces may be changed depending on the width of your fabric.

Layout pattern pieces as close as possible, to save fabric.

Step 7

Sew center front seam, right sides together with 3/8th inch seam allowance.

Step 8

Cut notches into curved seam allowance or trim with pinking shears so that seam will lay flatter when opened.

Main fabric

Step 9

Outer Fabric


Finger press seam allowance to one side.

With right side of fabric up, topstitch 1/8 from seam catching in the seam allowance underneath.


(Note: press seam allowance the same direction on all pieces including lining so when they are stitched together the seam allowances will be going opposite directions and have less bulk.)

Lining fabric

Seam to be stitched on both sides

Stitching seam

Step 10

Lining Fabric


  1. Stitch lining fabric, same as top fabric at center front.

  2. Fold 1/4 inch in sides of lining, then fold another 1/4 inch in. Iron or finger press.

  3. Stitch fold close.

Step 11

Place fabric and lining right sides together matching center seams.

Step 12

Pin top and bottom edges. There should be 1 inch of fabric extending past lining edges.

Step 13

  1. Stitch top and bottom edge with 3/8th inch seam allowance. Back stitch stop and start to lock the seam.

  2. Clip inner curves and cut notches into outer curves, so seams will lay flat.

Step 14

  1. Turn right sides out.

  2. Press top and bottom edges.

  3. Turn fabric side edges in 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch.

  4. Press.

Step 15

  1. Use 1/4 inch bias tape with double fold.

  2. Cut bias tape into 18 inch pieces.

  3. You need 4 of the 18 inch pieces for each mask.

Step 16

Back stitch at beginning and end of bias tape ties.

Step 17

Slip 1/2 inch of tie between lining and outer fabric at each corner.

Step 18

Stitch and back stitch over first tie and continue stitching down folded edge of outer fabric. Stitch and back stitch at next tie, with needle in down position, turn mask and continue to edge stitch around mask until you reached your starting point.


If you have a serger : The center front seam and top and bottom seams can be done on a serger. If you use a serger you do not need to clip and notch the curves. Side edges can also be serged which would eliminate the double turn on the edges (You would still do 1 single fold at side edges).

Step 19

  1. Wash the masks once done

  2. Bundle masks in groups of 5

Step 20

Pack the masks in a bag for pickup.