DIY Face Masks: Make your own facemask in a few easy steps!

How to make your own face mask for COVID-19 coronavirus

Make your own facemask in a few easy steps

Make your own face mask with these simple Face Mask Pattern step-by-step guides

MANILA Philippines, March 30, 2020 – In times like these when COVID-19 is affecting all of us greatly in every way, it’s more important than ever to not only be safe from disease and healthy, but also to be resourceful and practical.

Make your own facemask in a few easy steps!
Make your own facemask in a few easy steps

With the right tools and materials, it’s very easy to make your own basic protective gear. Did you know that with some spare cloth, a printer, and a sewing machine, you can sew your own facemask? Now there’s no need to worry about disposable facemasks—you can quickly craft your own for light everyday use and supplies of surgical masks can go to health workers and frontliners who need them more.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Outer fabric (20cm x 80cm)
  • Inner fabric (20cm x 80cm)
  • Band (2m)
  • Printer
  • Sewing machine/sewing tools
  • The above measurements are good for three masks.
  • Soft-textured material, such as gauze, is preferable.
  • You can add your own embroidery or lace.
Mask Size for Babies
Mask Size for Babies
Mask Size for Children
Mask Size for Children
Mask Size for Adult - face mask pattern
Mask Size for Adult – face mask pattern

SIZE CHART for Face Mask Pattern


Finished size

Length of ear band

For babies (9 months – 3 years)

8.5cm x 12.5cm

29cm x 2 pieces

For children (5 – 9 years)

11cm x 14.5cm

31cm x 2 pieces

For adults

13cm x 17cm

35cm x 2 pieces



Sew the outer fabric together.

Cut two pieces of the outer fabric according to the attached face mask pattern, which you can print for accuracy. Place the pieces together right-side in, then sew them with 1cm seam allowance. Press-iron edges and topstitch. Don’t forget to reinforce the stitches at the start and end.

Sew the outer fabric together.
Sew the outer fabric together.

Do the same for the inner fabric.

You can decorate the mask at this step.

Sew the inner and the outer fabric together.

  • Place the inner and outer fabric together right-side in, then sew the top and bottom. Press-iron edges and topstitch.
  • Then turn the inner fabrics right-side out. Press-iron and topstitch.

Make the elastic band.

Sew the inner mask layer. Fold one edge three times and stitch. Do the same for the other side.

Assemble the elastic band by cutting it according to the measurements in the size chart plus 3cm seam allowance. (You’re free to adjust the measurements as needed.) Insert it through the edges of the mask and tie a knot to secure them.

Iron the mask to finish it!

Iron the face mask to finish it
Iron the face mask to finish it

You can also watch this video to see how everything is done:

And you can download the Face Mask patterns and instructions here:

Other notes:

  • You can use any facemask pattern and design you want!
  • For better results, tighter stitches, and a more durable mask, you can machine-stitch it with reliable tools such as Brother Sewing Machines.

Brother Philippines stands with the nation in its fight against COVID-19 and supports all efforts to combat the spread of the virus and heal the country.

For information and updates on Brother products, customers may visit our Facebook page They can also call the Brother Helpdesk Hotline at (02) 8 581-9898, or through the toll-free line at 1-10-BROTHER or send an email to [email protected]

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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