This is one of my favorite face masks. SO comfortable! And I love the fit!
With a lot of face masks I have a hard time finding just the right fit. Since the knit fabric stretches, it wraps around the face quite nicely.
I used a brushed polyester spandex from JoAnn that has a great stretch and holds its shape.
In addition to providing a safer environment, these masks also double as protection against dog licks.
This masks can be made using a zigzag stitch and stretch or ball point needle, or with a combination of a zigzag and twin needle. I used a stretch twin needle with width 2.5. The purple thang tool was very handy when sewing the binding.
Here is the pattern for the face mask. The pattern is available in a variety of sizes. I made a medium for myself and used 26 – 26.5 inches of trim. I used 26.5 of the zigzag stitched trim, and 26 with a twin needle.
Stretch Knit Face Mask Pattern by learncreatesew
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I just found your well-done video, and made my first spandex/knit facemask. Prior to this, I have been sewing with cotton. I would like to know if you have any suggestions for how I could add a pocket for a filter to this face mask. Would I just add a 3rd layer, with the sides cut shorter and finished? I’m really interested in any ideas for adapting just the inner layer so I keep the numbers of layers to 2 instead of 3…
Thank you for your comment! I have been considering just such a tutorial! You could definitely add a 3rd layer, but that does make the mask quite thick. What I was thinking of trying was along one of the sides, where the front and back pieces would normally connect, instead of sewing them together, finishing each layer separately, and leaving that side open. Although I haven’t tried it yet, I am hoping the binding will hold the layers in place enough at the top and the bottom and then you would have an opening along one of the sides that you could slip a filter through. This would make the mask only 2 layers. I hope it works for you!
I will try it, and will send pictures and my review, ok?
That sounds great! I’m excited to hear how it goes. Thank you 🙂
How I got a pocket in this great pattern:
I sewed the outside layer in knit fabric with iron-on stretch interfacing to add an extra light third layer. Then a 1″ width piece of trim fabric was sewn on the inside of the side edges, turned to the front and sewn down with a regular sewing machine overlock stitch over the raw edge (when finished this looked better than sewing on the front side and turning to the back).
The inner knit fabric layer was trimmed a bit shorter and I used a regular sewing machine to overlock the outside edge of this layer
I sewed the outside and inside layers together with a narrow overlock stitch, then added the trim just as the instructions say.
Very comfortable to wear, and safer with three layers already — plus the option to add an extra filter layer as and when needed.
What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
Any way to post pics of the inner side of this mask adaptation by AllisonP?