DIY Face Mask Tutorial

Learn how to sew your own protective face mask with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

After sewing a few of the pleated style face masks, which I shared in my Instagram Story highlights, I decided I wanted to try sewing the more sleek style with the seam down the middle. I partnered with Cricut to use my Explore Air 2 to create this DIY face mask sewing tutorial. It’s a simple fitted face mask with patterns in various sizes, including children and adults. It has a pocket inside so it can hold a disposable filter for additional protection.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries! You can still download the printable template and cut it out with scissors. All the steps after that are the exact same. I simply used my Explore Air 2 to quickly draw and cut out the pattern.

Printable Face mask with filter pattern:

Visit the Cricut Millions of Masks page for the Cricut design files to draw and cut the patterns with your cutting machine.

I made a few tweaks to the sewing process so it differs from the tutorial that you see on the Cricut blog. After sewing a few of these, I found a simpler way to sew these which I included in my video tutorial below.

There are also a few different methods and materials you can use to wear the mask. My preferred method was to use one 6″ length of 1/4″ elastic sewn in a loop on each side. I found this to be the most comfortable style and it is easiest to put on and take off. The original tutorial on the Cricut blog suggests using one long piece of elastic sew in a large loop. While you may prefer this method, I found it difficult to put on and it didn’t stay on my head.

Update: I recently found these super soft adjustable elastic straps and they are now my favorite thing to use.

If you don’t have any elastic in your sewing stash already, you can also use scraps of jersey fabric or even an old t-shirt cut into long strips to create ties or used in place of elastic for ear loops.

If you are healthy and want to sew masks to donate to those who need them in your community, you can join Cricut in making face masks. Their goal is for the DIY community to make 2 million face masks—with their machines or with their many templates. If you would like to join the challenge and sew some masks, feel free to share what you’re making with hashtag #togetherwemake.

Please let me know if you have any questions while you’re sewing and please stay safe!


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These masks NOT rated for disease control and not considered PPE. Please visit the CDC website for more information about face masks.


  1. Hi! Do you have any ideas on how to finish the raw edge where the elastic goes through so it won’t fray?

    1. Hi Tina, if you follow the steps in my video tutorial, the side seams where the elastic goes through are finished so there won’t be any fraying. I tweaked mine a bit after following the steps on the Cricut blog. I hope this is helpful!

  2. Just wondering, is it possible to make two loops of elastic that just fit over the ears? I prefer that to elastic looping over the whole head. I know it’s not as comfy for people who have to wear it all day, but I only use a mask when shopping or going out somewhere that social distancing isn’t as easy to do.

  3. Hi there!
    Can you give me some recommendations on where to find/order quality fabric and what to look for? I love all the cute prints but not sure where to find them. Thanks!

  4. Hi …I love this mask and want to make my family this one that looks so comfortable. The directions seem to scroll by so fast I can’t see what size to cut out . Please let me know the pattern size or where I could find it to print out. Thank you. Karen Carter

    1. Hi Karen, I used the template from Cricut which you can find here. If you don’t have a Cricut machine to cut the template, scroll down towards the bottom of the page and find the section titled, “Don’t have a Cricut smart cutting machine? Not a problem,” to download the printable templates in various sizes.

  5. Is there anyway I could get a copy of the written instructions? The video Is so fast that I cannot read or print a copy of them.

    Christy Kolff

  6. What are the measurements after the masks are done. I’m curious so I can make sure I am doing these correctly.

  7. I’m new to the cricut maker do you have any tips. Do I need to just play with it to see what it can do? Please help?

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