Have you been making handmade masks for others but worry about them fitting? This pattern solves that problem by allowing the elastic to be adjusted for the wearer. As you get started, if you have any questions about fabric, sizing, or are looking for other tutorials, be sure you check out the handmade mask roundup on our sister site Sew Daily!
Adjustable-Size Pleated Face Mask
Pattern by Lavon Peters
- Iron and ironing board
- Cutting mat, rotary cutter, flat quilting ruler (optional)
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Marking pen/pencil
- Safety pin
- 2 pieces of 100% cotton fabric 9" x 7"
- 2 pieces of 100% cotton fabric 4½" x 1½" (same or coordinating fabric)
- 2 pieces of elastic approx. 10" long (⅛" wide elastic; can use ¼" wide if necessary)
- Thread in neutral or coordinating color
1. Press all fabric before cutting.
2. Cut all fabric pieces. (If using a directional print, orient the 9" width horizontally on the pattern.) Cut the elastic strips.
3. Pin the 9" x 7" pieces of fabric with right sides together. (If using a directional print, flip one of the pieces around so the pattern will be right-side-up on both sides after the pleats are sewn.)
4. Stitch along both 9" lengths, using a ¼" seam allowance.
5. Turn right side out and press flat.
6. Mark along each 7" edge as shown:
7. On one edge, bring first mark down to second mark and pin to create a pleat. Repeat with third/fourth marks and fifth/sixth marks. Repeat on opposite edge, making sure all pleats face downward. Press flat.
8. Stitch along each pinned edge, using an ⅛" seam allowance and removing pins as you sew. Press flat again.
9. Center one 4½" strip on each pleated edge, right sides together, and pin in place.
10. Fold excess fabric on each end over to the other side of the mask and press/pin in place.
11. Sew strips to the mask using a ¼" seam allowance.
12. Fold fabric strips out and press the folded excess edges flat.
13. To finish the bound edges, fold the fabric strips in toward the mask 2x and press/pin in place.
14. Sew along the edge of the binding, creating a tube to feed the elastic through. Back-stitch at each end of the tube.
15. Use a safety pin to feed the elastic strips through the tubes.
16. **Size the mask by tying the ends of each elastic strip together to create a length that fits the mask snugly to your face when the elastic is looped over your ears.
**If you are giving the mask to someone else, stop here and leave the elastic untied or loosely tied. Then instruct the recipient to size and then tie the knot firmly before rotating the knot the bottom of the sleeve and tucking it in.
17. Feed the knots in the elastic strips into the tubes to hide them.
18. Wear the mask with the OUTSIDE pleats facing DOWN and the INSIDE pleats facing UP.