How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK

Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire world. As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!

While handmade fabric face masks are NOT a substitution for N95 masks, in times of emergency, the CDC may allow handmade fabric masks to be used when critical shortages take place. You can read more from the CDC here on the use of homemade masks here:…

According to the CDC website “homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”


In addition to helping medical staff during critical shortages, these masks can be used at home as well. While wearing homemade face masks will not prevent against catching a respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone sneezes or coughs.



Video credit: Erica Arndt

9 Responses to “How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK”

  1. Diane says:

    Can you use batting in place of the flannel

  2. maria says:

    thank you for the video – this looks like something i could do as a not so great sewer.

    but on another site, i read that they request that there are four layers of fabric – do you know anything more on that?

  3. crc says:

    This is great. If you add an inter layer of vacuum cleaner bag paper paper (bag liner ) this should get these to a N95 level. It’s a bit stiff but manageable.

  4. Lorena says:

    Thank you

  5. Elma barre says:

    Instead of making pleats you can fold and sew the side of the mask and insert the elastic on the sides.

  6. emily says:

    thank you for sharing this video
    the question is how to get the inner material in Sydney? thank you

  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial I’m making them for my nursing friends here in Montana!❤️

  8. Gayle Moore says:

    Awesome tutorial, and such simple construction! Thank you!

  9. STEVEN J MOZES says:

    thank you

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