DIY Face Mask Tutorial

April 22, 2020Sarah Khandjian

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 from the Cricut blog, print it, 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.

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 the 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.

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.


  • Ashley

    May 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Do you have a written set of instructions for the video tutorial?

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      May 11, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Cricut has written instructions on their blog post!

  • Carla Lyons

    May 12, 2020 at 8:05 am

    I do not own a Circut. Is there a way that I can get a copy of all four sizes of masks via a PDF so that I may print them out?

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      May 12, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Yes! If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will find the printable templates in various sizes!

  • Tina

    May 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm

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

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      May 18, 2020 at 8:53 am

      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!

  • Rosemary

    May 23, 2020 at 11:47 am

    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.

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      May 24, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Yes, definitely! I did the same on the other masks I made!

  • Jennifer Winget

    May 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

    good and very informative article

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