two free face mask patterns
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Free Face Mask Patterns to Make, Wear & Donate

Free Face Mask Patterns

face mask patterns

Below are a couple of free face mask patterns you can use to make your own protective gear and donate to various hospitals in need. Not only do your local hospitals need reusable fabric face masks, but veterinarian hospitals are in need, too. Many have surrendered their protective equipment or have simply run out due to the coronavirus pandemic, and when our furry friends need medical intervention and hospitalization face masks are essential.

Comment below if you’d like to use these free face mask patterns and donate face masks to veterinarian hospitals but are unsure where to send the finished masks. You can join my local effort. Or reach out in your community to find where to donate locally.

These face mask patterns are boasted as CDC-approved. However, I encourage you to obtain specific requirements from the receiving hospital or organization prior to donating masks to ensure they can be used as intended.

BASIC PLEATED MASK

The first face mask pattern is from Courier Press and has been circulating on the internet as CDC-compliant. I sewed several of these over the weekend using tightly woven cotton fabric for the outer mask and flannel for the lining. Also, I used 1/8″ elastic for each end. After consulting with a veterinarian anesthesiologist friend, he confirmed that these types of masks would be welcomed in his hospitals. The prospect of even having three of my masks gave him much excitement, so I pledged to make as many as possible for his cause.

SUPPLIES

For each mask, you need a 9″ x 6″ fabric rectangle for the outer and lining. I used 50 wt. Cotton + Steel thread by Sulky for construction. You also need two 7″ lengths of elastic. Various widths will work, so use what you have on hand to avoid shopping and breaking the social distancing rule. Alternatively, bias tape, ribbon or fabric ties may work for ties but I suggest consulting with the receiving organization before substituting to ensure CDC compliance.

FREE SEWING FACE MASK

This face mask pattern has a curved shape, covering more of the face in a seemingly more secure fashion. The pattern is free to distribute and use. Follow the link to get the pattern pieces and full instructions, along with a short video tutorial.

full coverage face mask pattern

I am experimenting with using various weights of stabilizer for this type of mask, to provide breathability as well as protection. I will report back with findings. Comment below if you’ve tried different methods with success, so we can all learn from your techniques as well!

HOW TO DONATE

Place your finished masks inside of a zip-top bag and label with how many are enclosed. The receiving organization should (and will) fully sanitize them prior to use.

Reach out to local vet hospitals to see if the surgeons and vets are in need of the masks and how to donate them. Or comment below and I’ll provide a mailing address for my local vet hospital effort. Schedule a UPS pickup to avoid going to the Post Office.

WATCH & LEARN

Watch our Facebook Live event Tuesday, March 24th at 2pm EDT for a face mask pattern tutorial. Submit your questions for LIVE answers and join our community of sewists for some therapeutic sew-cial distancing.

 

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!

7 Comments

  • Maggie Drafts

    I am going to be watching for the kind of stabilizer to use! AND, as a retired RN, I think that the face mask would actually give more protection than the pleated one, as it has gaps over the face.

    • Ellen March

      Some folks have used Sulky Cut-Away Plus alone, not paired with fabric, for a sort-of disposable version. We are not sure it is compliant for hospital use. We suggest you contact the intended recipients to ensure the ones you make can be put to good use!

  • Michelle Chatterson

    What a great thing you’re doing with making masks for hospitals and putting these patterns out for others to use !!

  • Sally

    Good day,
    I have read that the preferred method to make masks (to protect others from you) is using non-woven material either on the inside or between two pieces of fabric. I happen to have a roll of tear-easy stabilizer. Is this non-woven?
    Thank you!

  • Patti Lee

    Hi Sally. Not in the technical sense – Tear-Easy is a tear-away, so it is not meant to be a stand-alone “fabric”. It will break down with washings, and you would not want that to happen with a mask. When they’re talking about non-wovens, they generally mean a stabilizer where you cannot see the warp and weft (weave) of a fabric. They are created via a completely different manufacturing process. So, although they behave like a fabric, they have no weave. The most popular stabilizer for the masks seems to be Sulky Cut-Away Plus – a non-woven, permanent stabilizer. It’s strong enough and dense enough to act as a fabric all by itself. So many mask-makers are using it just that way (without fabric), and just adding a nose wire, and ribbons for ties, or elastic. Sometimes, Tear-Easy is used as a stabilizer in a quilt, but then it is heavily quilted, so there will not be any noticeable break-down of the stabilizer in the washing and using of the quilt. This would not be true in a mask. If you wanted to use a lighter weight stabilizer within the mask (rather the heavier Cut-Away Plus) you could use Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer which is a lighter weight permanent cut-away. Any stabilizer that is advertised as a tear-away is not suitable for creating this health mask.

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