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3D Face Mask DIY – How to Make a Simple 3d Mask at Home

With this difficult situation being far from over, and we all must try our best to act responsibly and protect ourselves and everyone around us. That means that wearing a mask should be something we do whenever we go out. But wearing it all day can get pretty uncomfortable.

There’s a solution to that problem. DIY 3D face mask which is much more comfortable .

If you like the sound of that, stick around and find out how to make 3D face mask at home. All you have to do is make a 3D face mask pattern and start sewing, simple as that. Let’s get to it!

Below you will find my step by step 3d mask written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make 3d face mask

Before we get to the instructions on how to sew a simple face mask, first you will need to prepare the required materials.

For this 3D mask with filter pocket, you will need the following supplies.

Supplies and tools

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How To Sew 3d mask

Watch the 3d mask video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the pattern

Download and print the pattern without any scaling (print at actual size / 100%). The pattern includes 4 different sizes – S, M, L, and XL. Cut out the size you need.

STEP 2: Cut the fabric for the mask

Unfold the pattern you made earlier and set it on top of the fabric. Mark the fabric with sewist chalk or a washable pen, using the pattern as a guideline. Cut the fabric along those lines. You will need to cut two of these – one for the main piece and one for lining.

Tip: Before you cut your fabric, wash it thoroughly and iron it. 


STEP 3: (OPTIONAL): Make the filter pocket

Cut fabric for the filter pocket. Fold both sides of the pattern towards the middle as shown and cut out a rectangle of fabric according to its highest and widest parts.

Fold the side edges inward 1/4″ twice and press with an iron. Pin and sew the sides.

STEP 4: Layer the mask

Find the middles. Fold each of the three parts of your mask in half and fingerpress to mark the middle. Place the lining fabric on a flat surface with the right side up, then place the filter pocket on top of it, and finally place the main fabric on top with the wrong side up.

Align the middle of all pieces and pin.

STEP 5: Sew top and bottom

Sew all around the edges with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Leave both sides unstitched so that you can turn the whole thing inside out through it.

STEP 6: Nose wire channel

  1. Mask with filter pocket The stitching creates a nose wire channel into the filter pocket. You can insert a twist tie or craft wire into this channel.
  2. Mask without filter pocket: Turn the fabric inside out through the opening you left earlier. Then insert the nose wire into the fabric piece and set it all the way to the center on the top edge, where the curves are. Secure the wire with pins.
    Stitch the wire in place.

STEP 7: Fold and press

Fold the mask in half lengthwise. Unfold and fold top and bottom towards the middle crease. Press with an iron and pin in place. Stitch the folds in place.

STEP 8:Make the three-dimensional form

Grab the bottom left corner of the folded section. Pull it up and slightly to the left, almost as if you were folding that section in half lengthwise. However, you will be forming a 90-degree angle between the upper edge and the edge you just made by dragging the lower corner up and to the left. Pin in place.

Repeat on the lower side as well. Two new corners will be touching now, one from the top with the one on the bottom. Make a stitch across from top to the bottom, going through both those corners.
Repeat all these steps on the right side.

STEP 9: Insert elastic

Tuck both side edges in and insert elastic in the opening. Pin or clip in place.


Well done, your DIY 3D face mask is complete!

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Antionette Blake - July 5, 2020

I just ordered a few masks!

Thank you for sharing your post at this week’s #TrafficJamWeekend Linky Party.

Have a wonderful weekend!

    Helen - July 8, 2020

    One can never have enough masks 🙂

April J Harris - July 5, 2020

Thank you for sharing this really helpful pattern and tutorial with the Hearth and Soul Link party! It’s very timely and your directions are so straight-forward and helpful. Love that you can personalise the masks with your own chosen fabric too. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring your post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there. Take care and have a lovely week!

    Helen - July 8, 2020

    Thank you for the feature, April. ‘See’ you there!

Petra - July 5, 2020

Thank you or sharing your pattern for 3d face masks! This is something we all need and thank you for showing us it isn’t difficult.
A brilliant share at Fiesta Friday 🙂

    Helen - July 8, 2020

    Thank you so much, Petra. I’m glad you find it helpful

Michelle - July 6, 2020

Wow Helen, I do believe you have a solution to every mask problem!

Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!

    Helen - July 7, 2020

    I try to make this site the ONE-STOP solution to every mask problem there is. There are so many people in need of masks that keep asking me for new, different mask designs

Sam - July 7, 2020

This is useful, thanks for sharing X #anythinggoes

    Helen - July 7, 2020

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Sam!

T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet - July 10, 2020

Cute mask! I love that cactus fabric! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make!!!

    Helen - July 11, 2020

    Thanks, T’onna. I loved how it turned out, it’s hubby’s favorite mask out of all I made

Emily - July 14, 2020

Do you have a general suggestion for what size mask might fit a woman?
Does your small fit a child? If so, about what age? I’m looking to make
masks for my grandchldren ages 15 and 10 and for myself. I have limited fabric
so I don’t want to have to experiment too much with guessing sizes.

I sure would appreciate your advice. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’ve looked through so many videos and this one looks a lot easier than most of the 3D ones I’ve seen.

    Helen - July 14, 2020

    Hi Emily, I’m glad you liked the tutorial. It really is easy. Generally, size L fits most women and men, size XL is for larger faces
    I’m wearing size L and it fits my husband’s face as well.
    As for children, it’s a bit tricky as some grow up faster than others. I would make an L sized mask for your 15 years old and an M for the 10 years old.
    That being said, the pattern is forgiving, so you might just leave the elastic a bit longer, so it can be adjusted to fit a slightly smaller or larger face.

Karan - July 15, 2020

I just can’t find the written instructions to download. I’ve gone to your website, and tutorial there, but I guess I’m missing the place to download written instructions. Hope you can help. I have several masks to make in all sizes, and this pattern seems like the perfect one to make. Thank you.

    Helen - July 15, 2020

    Thank you, Karen.
    There is no such download. As much as I would love to add downloadable instructions to every tutorial, I simply don’t have enough time. You can print the written instruction right from the page if you’d like.

Pam - July 23, 2020

Looks good but at step 8 I had trouble getting the fold right. I rarely have problems with instructions. After repeated tries
I gave up.

    Helen - July 23, 2020

    Oh, no! I’m sorry to hear that. Have you watched the video? It might be helpful
    Step 8 starts at 5:00. Here’s the link

    you need to pull over the corner to create a 90 degree angle

      Stacia - August 5, 2020

      I had some difficulty with the 90 degree angle also and with the filter piece in the video it was still a bit difficult to figure out. I basically pulled the corners down near the corners so to speak on the bottom or top and made a dart, easier way for me to figure it out, then Press the darts so they look like a v or cone shape. Hope that helps someone else. Rule of thumb I found helpful is a 3D mask should be able to stand up when you set it on the table.

      For sizing I found the small fits my 6 year old grandchild, the medium fits my almost 9 year old grandkid, the large fits my turning 11 grandkid and my turning 14 kid, i think it’s the best fit for me as well. My husband is likely to fit t the Extra Large.

      Thanks for the pattern, this has been a fun one after making 200+ of the basic rectangle with pleats, close to 50 of the fitted up over the nose with the seam up the middle. I love this pattern because it allows a full piece without cutting into a pattern and then total mismatch or drive my OCD self crazy trying to match it to look seamless!

        Just another Helen - October 2, 2020

        Thank you!! This helps me to picture this in my head better!! Been sitting here about 10 minutes fussing, wondering why it’s not looking right (playing with it, not sewing).

          Helen - October 2, 2020

          I’m glad to hear you have figured this out

    Alicia - July 25, 2020

    Hey, I was having the same problem. I had to consult the sewing guru in my life(my mother). The way she helped me understand is basically you are making a, “N” shape. The mask edge that the straps attach to is the first leg of the N, then the diagonal of the nose piece is folded to make the second 2 legs. And the piece you folded up is going to be parallel with the strap edge. Then do pretty much the same on the bottom. That won’t really have the N shape, but just fold it so it’s parallel to the strap edge. You’ll end up with 2 right triangles of your front-side fabric showing on the back of the mask. And the points of those triangles are pointed at each other so the line you stitch from one point to the other is also parallel to the strap edge.
    I hope that helps. I’m not great at explaining directions, but hopefully there’s some bit of help here.

heather kuhl - July 26, 2020

Great mask! Thank you so much for the free pattern. I would love to make this style for my kids (5,7,11 and all on the petite side). I was wondering if anyone had any input in how much I can reduce the pattern when I print it to make that happen. I am wearing the size medium (I’m fairly petite as well).


    Helen - July 26, 2020

    Hi Heather, can you try your mask on your kids to see how it fits? I think it might fit your 11 year old as well if you make the ear loops smaller. As for the younger kids I would try the S size but instead of using 1/2 inch seam allowance I’ll use 1/4 inch, otherwise size S is rather small (2-4 y.o.)
    You can also try these kids face masks – the design is pretty forgiving, so you can just adjust the elastic size

Katy - August 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern. I have some nurse friends who are loving this design. I just have a question about the filter pocket. Should I be sewing the filter pocket along with the horizontal seams or leave it pulled away when I sew the seams? I have left it pulled away and sewed the seams but it seems a little loose. Am I misunderstanding the directions?

    Helen - August 4, 2020

    Hi Katy, I’m not sewing the pocket along with the horizontal seams. If you wanted a tighter filter pocket, you can cut it a bit shorter and just pull it down to meet the bottom edge

Maureen - September 15, 2020

This is a cute pattern for a mask. I love cactuses and just adore them whether on a mask or a shirt. So so cute!

Maureen |

    Helen - September 16, 2020

    I love them too. They are so cute

Naush Samama - September 21, 2020

These are perfect !! I love the color and the pattern.
I wear a hijab (head veil), my ears are covered under my scarf. Can you design or suggest a way so that I could wear a mask and the elastic could somehow be tied behind my head ?
Thank you so much for linking at Meraki Link Party.

    Helen - September 23, 2020

    Hey Naush, thanks for asking. You can definitely make the elastic one whole piece and tie it behind your head OR make a simple ear saver such as this –
    You might need to make the elastic a bit longer to accommodate the hijab

Ann - October 13, 2020

Thanks for sharing this mask pattern. Made one for my husband, he says the width across the mouth is very comfortable, he’s very pleased with the mask.

    Helen - October 13, 2020

    I’m glad to hear he loved it! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Please share the article with your friends on social media

K Laedlein - October 14, 2020

This is the best fitting mask I have made. Thank you for the demonstration and the pattern. I also needed the directions in print form that fit on one double sided sheet of paper. I’d like to submit it to you but don’t see an attachment link.


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