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Learn how to make a DIY kid face mask with a free sewing pattern. This face mask PDF pattern has ear loops and a neck band so that it can’t be lost.
In my state kids are required to wear face masks to go back to school with adjusted schedules. I realized that kids are going to easily and quickly lose their masks if they are not connected to them even when they take them off.
I created a face mask PDF sewing pattern that has ear loops and it has a neck band. The ear loops are the easiest way to keep the mask up in the right place without having anything go over the hair.
The neck band has a velcro closure so it’s easy to put on and take off, but if the mask is pulled down to eat or drink it hangs around the neck.
There was a lot of thought that went into this mask. The face part is a curved design for the best shape, and it’s to be made with two layers of quilting cotton.
The neck band is made with cotton spandex for comfort and stretch. The velcro makes changing sizes easy along with getting it on and off. The ear loops are really soft cotton spandex.
The mask will just stay on the neck when it’s not being worn.
The pattern comes in sizes 3-6 years and 7-10 years. It’s very adjustable. My two daughters will be wearing and sharing the smaller size, and the velcro makes this possible. My son will be wearing the larger size.
Want to learn more about sewing face masks? Check out these posts:
- Tips for sewing face masks
- Adding a neck holder to a DIY face mask (this is great for masks you purchase or made)
- All about quilting cotton
- Characters that wear masks
- Free Halloween Face SVG Cut Files for Masks
- Fat quarter sewing projects
what is a pdf sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
how do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again.
DIY kid Face Mask with Free sewing pattern
- 1/4 yard of quilting cotton (this would provide enough fabric to make several masks)
- 1/4 yard of cotton spandex
- Free Kid Face Mask Sewing Pattern in either size
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Cut out two faces pieces of quilting cotton for the front. Cut out two face pieces of quilting cotton for the lining. I like to use a solid color for the lining to help my kids know which is the inside.
Cut four pieces of the neck band from cotton spandex. Cut two ear loops from cotton spandex.
Cut two pieces of interfacing or quilting cotton to stabilize the back of the neckband.
With right sides together pin the front curve of the face mask together. Do the same to the lining.
Sew the center front seam with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance of the center front seam to the right and topstitch it in place.
With right sides together pin the neckband pieces to the face pieces matching up the notches. Sew the seam with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance towards the back and topstitch in place. Do the same to the lining.
With right sides together pin the face mask to the lining. Match up all the edges.
Sew around the edge with 1/4 inch seam allowance, but leave the ear curves unsewn.
Turn the mask right side out through the ear curves.
Press the edges to make it flat and crisp.
Topstitch around the edges of the mask but leave the ear curves open.
With right sides together sew the short edges of the ear loops. Fold the ear loops in half wrong sides together to create a thinner tube.
Pin the ear loops with the fabric folding over the fabric of the ear curve. It’s just like adding bias binding but there is less folds.
With a zigzag stitch sew the ear loops onto the mask. Only sew from one side of the curve to the other.
Leave the top of the ear loop with no stitches so that it remains soft.
Cut pieces of velcro 2 inches long and pin to the neckband. Make sure that the hook side of the velcro will point away from the skin.
Sew the velcro on.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!