How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL

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Please visit CDC here on the proper use of homemade masks here:
2 pieces 100% cotton fabric 6" x 9"
1 piece cotton flannel or 100% Cotton Fabric 6" x 9"
2 elastic strips: 1/8" x 6” women, 7” men, 5” children
Kids size: make fabric 5”x7”, and elastic 5” long.
OUT OF ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18”-20” in length.
See my video on how to make a mask with fabric ties here:
OPTIONAL: To make the nose are a fit better you can sew a wire ribbon, pipe cleaner, or baggie tie to the lining piece before sewing all three layers together. :)
*** Masks are re-usable, but must be sanitized before/after each use! ***
* Use tightly woven cotton fabric, or hospital grade material.
* Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for mask that will be donated.
* Contact local health facilities to see if they are in need of donations.

Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!
In addition to helping medical staff during critical shortages, these masks can be used at home as well. While wearing homemade face masks will not prevent against catching a respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone sneezes or coughs.
* Fabric: 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric (I used a line from Bonnie and Camille for Moda)
* Juki TL2000 Qi:
* Aurifil 50wt Thread:
* Oliso Pro Smart Iron:
* Scissors:
* Wonder Clips:
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Vintage Spring Quilt Pattern:
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  1. Pancha Pistolas

    Pancha Pistolas4 минутын өмнө

    Nice mask. I wish I knew how to sew!

  2. Ron McDonald

    Ron McDonald55 минутын өмнө

    Amateur question. What's your advice on the best way of actually cutting the material? Maybe I'm a bit hard on myself but it took a couple hours to cut some decent rectangles with conventional scissors, and yes they were sharp.

  3. Tammy Wiggins

    Tammy WigginsЦагийн өмнө

    I'm at the point where you see the ends to hold the "creases" together and my needle broke twice. I attempted with an universal needle and then tried a leather needle and both times they broke. I even adjusted the tension. Please help. I made 20 that need to be finished. Tysvm.

  4. consumermilitia

    consumermilitia2 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you for this essential tutorial!

  5. Yel Lawson

    Yel Lawson2 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you.

  6. TobyMcfarland

    TobyMcfarland2 цагийн өмнө

    I love this thank you!!

  7. Sunshine Gain'g

    Sunshine Gain'g3 цагийн өмнө

    Thanks for this super easy mask!

  8. Bhanmatie Ramcharan

    Bhanmatie Ramcharan3 цагийн өмнө

    I look at many others how to sew face mask and yours is the most unique and easy method to sew a mask I giggles at the end of ur method, I love to sew easy things I find joys

  9. Judy Wallace

    Judy Wallace4 цагийн өмнө

    I love the spring quilt behind you! I am not seeing a link to that pattern as stated at the end of your video. Please show link :)

  10. Erica Arndt

    Erica ArndtЦагийн өмнө

    Hi, it's linked below the video, you just have to scroll down because there is a lot of info for this one! :) But here it is

  11. An b

    An b4 цагийн өмнө

    What if I don’t have a sewing machine?? Because I’ve been seeing a lot of videos and most of them are saying to not hand sew

  12. Jennifer Wysokowski

    Jennifer Wysokowski4 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you! I used some handkerchiefs for the fabric. Good tutorial for something I know I'll be using.

  13. epruyn

    epruyn4 цагийн өмнө

    Clear directions! Thanks.

  14. Makenzie Long

    Makenzie Long4 цагийн өмнө

    Would anyone be able to help me? I can’t seem to get my sewing machine to work (I’m new to sewing and don’t know really anything) it makes the buzzing sound every time i press the pedal 😔

  15. Erica Arndt

    Erica ArndtЦагийн өмнө

    It sounds like the bobbin might be locked. I would try to take it out and re-thread the machine.

  16. Ann Y

    Ann Y5 цагийн өмнө

    We homemade several masks. Kind of different from yours the inner layer, facing nose side, you can cut it open. So you can insert one dried wipe to filter out virus thing.

  17. ladies Entrepreneurship

    ladies Entrepreneurship5 цагийн өмнө

    this was helpful

  18. YorkieLuv

    YorkieLuv6 цагийн өмнө

    I would love to make these but I can't find elastic that's not been price gouged on shipping or the elastic itself, and/or won't be shipped until June. I will check my fitted sheets but otherwise, any ideas?

  19. hannah923

    hannah9232 цагийн өмнө

    if you have extra hair ties lying around you can try using those too.

  20. Sonia Mendez

    Sonia Mendez6 цагийн өмнө

    thank you i am doing them my self my office were not able to get any so we are making them our self

  21. Maria Fortunato

    Maria Fortunato6 цагийн өмнө

    Nurses said not to use Flannel because it's too hot.

  22. Tina Schryver

    Tina Schryver7 цагийн өмнө

    I love this video. I made a couple for my niece to wear to clean doctor offices. I also added a little wire so she fit it to her nose.

  23. Venus

    Venus7 цагийн өмнө

    too bad I have no sewing machine :(

  24. joanna gonzales

    joanna gonzales7 цагийн өмнө

    Great job you inspire me to make some.

  25. Angieaxoxo

    Angieaxoxo7 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you for this tutorial. Definitely sharing this on my social media pages. 🤍

  26. Jim Noonan

    Jim Noonan7 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you for this very clear and easy to follow instructional! Happy sewing, and health and safety to all!

  27. Marie Norby

    Marie Norby8 цагийн өмнө

    how long should the fabric ties be for a child sized mask

  28. Karen Carlson

    Karen Carlson8 цагийн өмнө

    Can you use interfacing as middle layer instead of flannel?

  29. Dream Design

    Dream Design7 цагийн өмнө


  30. eileenmacoll

    eileenmacoll8 цагийн өмнө

    Great Video! I used elastic hair bands from the Dollar store. Just snip them open. Bonus, the hot steam iron will sterilize the heck out of these and they are good to go1

  31. honeybrown03

    honeybrown038 цагийн өмнө

    This has been one of the best tutorials


    DUB MAYHEM8 цагийн өмнө

    What is the best way to sanitize them before donating?

  33. Anne Johnson

    Anne Johnson8 цагийн өмнө

    Flannel might get hot and if the user sweats on the flannel, it creates a medium for bacteria. I am using non woven interfacing!

  34. CMkarma 555

    CMkarma 5558 цагийн өмнө

    This is a really great video I saw there’s videos but they were complicated boring and long thank you for sharing 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  35. BadvsGood

    BadvsGood9 цагийн өмнө

    Well 24 year old man here who is going to try sewing for the first time

  36. marisol acevedo

    marisol acevedo9 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you so much

  37. Shawna Reupert

    Shawna Reupert9 цагийн өмнө

    thank you

  38. Rinda Kuempel

    Rinda Kuempel9 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you for making it so simple.

  39. Anna B Brown

    Anna B Brown9 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you for your help.

  40. Linda Moore

    Linda Moore9 цагийн өмнө

    Very good tutorial. Thank you for the details.

  41. Leigh H

    Leigh H10 цагийн өмнө

    Great tutorial but after sewing them are you laundering them with hot water and bleach if you want to donate them.

  42. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt10 цагийн өмнө

    I do like to drop them off laundered, but I know most places are sanitizing them before letting their employees wear them just to be safe. You can ask wherever you're planning to donate what they're process is.

  43. Julia Pridgen

    Julia Pridgen10 цагийн өмнө

    What is the best way to sanitize these? Thank you.

  44. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt10 цагийн өмнө

    Wash them in soap and water :)

  45. Mama Fehr

    Mama Fehr10 цагийн өмнө

    So I made some of these and then was told that they wont keep viruses out unless some kind of filter is inserted in between the layers (i.e. a piece of a hepa vacuum filter). Does anyone know anything about this? Are hospitals using them even without a filter sewed in them?

  46. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt10 цагийн өмнө

    They will not prevent you from catching a respiratory virus. Hospitals are using them over the top of their N95 masks to help them last longer, I give all of that info in the video itself and also in the description box below the video. Click 'show more' :)

  47. April Most

    April Most11 цагийн өмнө

    Where did you get the clips.?

  48. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt10 цагийн өмнө

    I have these: also all supplies are linked below the video as well. Click 'show more'.

  49. puppy BYTE

    puppy BYTE12 цагийн өмнө

    where do I get a filter material?

  50. Wanda Fielder

    Wanda Fielder12 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you so much!

  51. Usha Chauhan

    Usha Chauhan13 цагийн өмнө

    What material is used for middle layer ?

  52. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt11 цагийн өмнө

    I used flannel, but you can use 100% cotton, info for everything is in the description box below the video.

  53. Cpetrosini

    Cpetrosini13 цагийн өмнө

    great tutorial. thanks for sharing!!

  54. Stan Johnson

    Stan Johnson13 цагийн өмнө

    Thanks Erica!

  55. marika

    marika14 цагийн өмнө

    can these be put in a washing machine and dryer?

  56. Stephanie Giles

    Stephanie Giles15 цагийн өмнө

    I dont have a sewing machine can I do this by hand

  57. Erica Arndt

    Erica Arndt11 цагийн өмнө

    Yes, it will just take longer :)

  58. pasha r

    pasha r16 цагийн өмнө

    Excellent! Super Work made easy.

  59. Wendy Han

    Wendy Han18 цагийн өмнө

    I want to wear DIY masks on N95 masks, which should be able to extend the use time of N95 masks. There is no way, masks are too scarce, I just bought some masks from ojomask, I do not know whether they will be out of stock after a while

  60. swirlyxbo0

    swirlyxbo021 цагийн өмнө

    Thankyou for helping out our frontline workers! I also liked how in the tutorial you chose to do 2 different fabric prints. Then we can tell which side is the dirty side vs clean side if we happen to have to take it off and reuse it again while at work. Thankyou.

  61. Google User

    Google User23 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you!!! I made 12 today!!! I'm going to give them to my local grocery store for the employees. like someone suggested in your comments.

  62. Hu Clifford

    Hu Clifford23 цагийн өмнө

    Ponytail holders are a good option for the ear pieces.

  63. Andrea C

    Andrea C23 цагийн өмнө

    ''great'', now, i wonder how many people have sewing machines at home...

  64. Priscilla bohn

    Priscilla bohn23 цагийн өмнө

    I just made one with cats and you made this task step by step so easy!!!!! Thank You!!!!

  65. Monifa Kincaid

    Monifa KincaidӨдрийн өмнө

    Thank you so very much!

  66. S Bowers

    S BowersӨдрийн өмнө

    I saw that you provided the most efficient way to cut multiple pieces from a standard bolt of fabric, but I can't find that now. That would be very helpful. Hope you'll post it to the instructions at the top of this comment section again. Thank you!

  67. Kidawolfykins 25

    Kidawolfykins 25Өдрийн өмнө

    Thank you. 💕

  68. Richard Thomas

    Richard ThomasӨдрийн өмнө

    Thank you and Bless you heart ........ I hope that people are staying safe and healthy. Make sure to be careful , take care of yourself and your family and please be kind to your neighbors and assist them if you can . We all are in this together and need to pull together in these trying times .

  69. Susan Storkel

    Susan StorkelӨдрийн өмнө

    Got done with a quilt and I've heard so much about these, I thought I'd like to try it.

  70. Amy Wallace

    Amy WallaceӨдрийн өмнө

    I had an idea to make the mask slightly snug around the nose. I’m going to take a 3 1/2 “ piece of elastic, stretching just slightly and sewing it in two places (similar to what you did w side elastic) in the exact middle so that snugs up just a bit. I hope that made sense. Excellent tutorial btw!

  71. Catelynn Davis

    Catelynn DavisӨдрийн өмнө

    Can you use fleece instead of flannel

  72. pam ketron

    pam ketronӨдрийн өмнө

    Thank Erica. Great tutorial. I like that you added the layer of flannel. I’m getting ready to make some masks for family and friends. I always make things from your tutorials. Would not have thought to add the flannel layer. Great job as always. Stay safe! Hugs!💕🤗😷

  73. Donna Naughton

    Donna NaughtonӨдрийн өмнө

    Do you think I can use felt as the middle layer? I don't have any flannel but have an abundance of felt.

  74. ken buie

    ken buieӨдрийн өмнө

    To reuse face masks without washing is by ironing them with hot iron multiple times on both sides to make sure all germs and viruses are killed. This way we don't throw them away during this time of shortage

  75. John Maxwell

    John MaxwellӨдрийн өмнө

    Can you tell me where you go the 1/4 inch hem marker tape that was on your sewing machine?

  76. Aimee Goins

    Aimee GoinsӨдрийн өмнө

    Harder than it looks

  77. nyrockchicxx

    nyrockchicxxӨдрийн өмнө

    Could t-shirt type material or jersey be used for the middle layer?

  78. Casondra Weaver

    Casondra WeaverӨдрийн өмнө

    I like those mask I want to make a few for my co workers we work in a children's hospital in Texas thank u for all ur help

  79. Kathleen Hubbard

    Kathleen HubbardӨдрийн өмнө

    Help, What are the Dimensions of the cloth. How many masks from yard of materials?

  80. MT Aviles

    MT AvilesӨдрийн өмнө

    Thank you Erica! Your instructions are clear and easy to follow. The measurements in the screen help a lot too. We can follow them without sound, and are helpful for people who don't speak English. Many blessings to you and your family.

  81. Diana Cartagena

    Diana CartagenaӨдрийн өмнө

    Thank you!

  82. isda73

    isda73Өдрийн өмнө

    I need help with sewing the pleated portion. My machine is struggling with sewing the multiple layers. What is the best setting to use?

  83. Erica Arndt

    Erica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө

    You might try a denim needle and go very slowly over the pleats.

  84. Ursula Maurer

    Ursula MaurerӨдрийн өмнө

    I used the HEPA filter from a new vacuum cleaner bag to line my mask.

  85. JessCity123

    JessCity123Өдрийн өмнө

    I live in NYC and both my parents are in their 40s and have underlying medical conditions. Besides the fabrics you used, what else type of fabrics can be used? I have these kinds of fabrics in my sewing kit that are Halloween themed, but they have bats, ghosts and pumpkins on them... and well, I feel like going out with masks with bats on them isnt appropriate right now... Any suggestions from anyone here? Thanks! :)

  86. JessCity123

    JessCity123Өдрийн өмнө

    @Erica Arndt Thank you! :)

  87. Erica Arndt

    Erica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө

    Any 100% cotton fabric is fine, I have seen people cut up old t-shirts and use that too.

  88. Melody Tenisch

    Melody TenischӨдрийн өмнө

    Thanks! This helped a lot. Bless you!👵🌷😊

  89. Tyler Garrison

    Tyler GarrisonӨдрийн өмнө

    Hi, Just wanted to inform you seems like someone has used your title picture for their video here on youtube for there mask video, just wanted you to be aware!thank you this video is easy to follow I will try to make a few for friends and family.

  90. Erica Arndt

    Erica ArndtӨдрийн өмнө

    Hi, I haven't seen another video using my image, but if you have the url and care to share I will be happy to check it out. Thanks!

  91. Alice Mendoza

    Alice MendozaӨдрийн өмнө

    Thank you so much!! 🙏💖Why are there people disliking this?? 🙄 A mask, ANY MASK is better than NO mask, and this wonderful lady has already explained that this mask is not a substitute for an N95 mask. For most non-médical personnel, we won’t be able to wear an N95 mask for long!

  92. Sierra Dallas

    Sierra DallasӨдрийн өмнө

    This is great! Thanks ❤️

  93. Mai Chu

    Mai ChuӨдрийн өмнө

    This is amazing! Thank you!

  94. Yuki Ice#

    Yuki Ice#Өдрийн өмнө

    I love sewing I would love to make these .