Reversible face masks are a great way to stay safe and look cute while doing it. Check out my other DIY projects here.
- sewing machine
- sewing pins
- elastic (either 1/4″ or 3/8″ wide depending on your preference. Elastic pictured is 3/8″)
Sewing Machine Used
You will notice that the mask miraculously changes color throughout this post. My original plan included masks with two different fabrics. They weren’t really meant to be reversible. Though in reality they were. The elastic was visible on one side and it didn’t look so nice. So I decided to work on making it truly reversible.
Step 1: Make your mask pattern
I started by measuring my face. Measure from your chin to right under your eye. That should be the measurement on the dotted line of the pattern. Don’t cut the curve at the bottom. We want the bottom to be pretty straight. (I guess my pattern could use some work.)
Fold the fabric in half and cut out the shape as shown. Cut out the notch at the top as well. Next, do the same thing for the lining.
Step 2: Start stitching each side
Fold each half together. Keep the vibrant sides facing each other. Stitch the top edge as shown. This stabilizes the nose end and allows the mask to conform to your face without the need for a metal wire. Do that for each side of the mask.
Make sure to use the back button before and after each stitch to lock your stitches.
Step 3: Mask assembly
Pin the two sides together. Make sure that the vibrant sides are facing each other. Pin them so that the tops meet each other where you sewed the notches together. Now sew the two pieces together. Sew the top and bottom only. Don’t sew the sides.
Flip the mask right side out, then iron.
Step 4: Add the elastic
Fold in the raw edge of the side of the mask. Make sure that both sides are even.
Measure your elastic. Mine was about 6 in/ 15.24 cm. Add the elastic to the far edge of each side. Pin in place.
Be sure the elastic doesn’t twist or anything before you sew it on.
Step 5: Top Stitching and finishing touches
Top stitching adds a professional look. Do this to the top and bottom. Give special care to the curved part at the top. Use the guides under the sewing machine foot to keep the top stitch at an even width.
In this case the top stitch across the top and bottom secures the elastic. I also ran a stitch across each side to secure the elastic. An additional stitch (bottom right) may still be necessary to make sure all edges of elastic are truly secure.
Again, do the same thing with the other side of the mask. Now you’re ready to wear your mask.