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DIY Scarf Face Mask Free Sewing Pattern

Wearing a mask makes it a bit difficult to sport some accessories like scarfs, which can be a bit bothersome. Even so, you definitely shouldn’t avoid using a face mask because coronavirus is still out there and you need some protection against it.

So what can you do? Stop wearing scarfs altogether?

Of course not! Instead, just make a DIY scarf face mask. It’s just like it sounds, a scarf face mask combines a mask and a scarf into one thing. It’s practical and stylish!

If you like the idea, stick around a bit and you’ll learn how to make scarf face mask. It’s a quick, easy, and fun project for all sewing enthusiasts.

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

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How to make DIY Scarf Face Mask

To make this scarf face mask, you will need a just couple of things.

Supplies and tools

  • fabric – 2 pieces x 25 inches square – cotton (tightly woven, prewashed) –  e.g. this cherry blossom
  • 1/16″ round elastic (preferable), 1/8″ or 1/4″ flat elastic, you can also use ties instead of elastic
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine (a simple machine will do just fine, or you can even hand sew this, although admittedly it will take you more time)

Fabric tip: I recommend using two fabrics that are different in color if you want to be able to easily discern the front and the back.

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How To Sew Scarf Mask

Watch the diy scarf face mask video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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Before you do anything, wash the fabrics thoroughly and iron them.

STEP 1: Mark the fabric

Start by putting one piece of fabric over the other, right sides on each other, aligning their edges. Then find the center of the fabric and mark it. After that, use a ruler to draw a line from one corner to the other, going through the center marking.

STEP 2: Transfer pattern

Place the pattern on top of the diagonal line you’ve just drawn, matching the centers of both and trace around the pattern using a fabric marker

STEP 3: Cut out the fabric

Along the lines you just finished drawing, so that you get a piece of fabric that looks like a big arrowhead.

STEP 4: Set the earloops

Open up one layer of fabric on the small rectangle. Mark the middle of the shorter, slightly curved edges of the rectangle that looks like a volcano.

Put one piece of elastic on top of the fabric so that it forms a semicircle, connecting the mark and the normal corner of the rectangle, the one without a curve. Make sure that the elastic is on the inside of the fabric, not outside. Repeat on both sides.

Put the fabric piece you opened up earlier back over the straps and pin in place.

STEP 5: Sew around

Sew all around the edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a two-inch opening to turn the thing inside-out.

STEP 6: Clip the corners

Clip all corners and notch the curved parts

STEP 7: Turn inside out

Turn the whole thing inside out through the opening you left.. Use a point turner or something pointy such as your scissors to push the corners out

STEP 8: Press

Press well with an iron

STEP 9: Finish the scarf face mask

Sew the opening shut using a matching thread. Iron everything one last time so that it’s nice and flat.

That’s it your scarf face mask is ready!

I hope you liked this tutorial. Let us know what you think about this scarf face mask in the comment section below, your feedback is appreciated. Stay safe and responsible!

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Flor Vega - June 17, 2020

I trying to see the video I can’t see

Deborah Davis - June 18, 2020

I just hopped by the Homestead Blog Hop to see your DIY scarf face mask tutorial. What a lovely looking and effective barrier. I can’t wait to make this! I’m sharing this as well.

    Helen - June 19, 2020

    Thank you Deborah. I’m glad you liked it! Hope that you stay safe and healthy in these rough times

Shelbee on the Edge - June 19, 2020

So cute! I think I like the scarf mask way more than a regular mask! Thanks for sharing and linking up with me.


    Helen - June 19, 2020

    Thank you, Shelbee. It really is cute and comfortable

creativejewishmom/sara - June 22, 2020

brilliant, scarf style without the bulk! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

    Susana Okesene - September 1, 2020

    Thanks for sharing
    Easy and simple

Rhonda - June 22, 2020

Thank you, this looks like a mask that will be much easier to breath in.
I’m going to try sewing one this afternoon.

    Helen - June 22, 2020

    Thank you for commenting and for your kind worsd. Let me know how you did

Michelle - June 23, 2020

Lovely! Maybe this will entice more people to wear masks.

Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!

    Helen - June 23, 2020

    Thank you so much, Michelle! Hopefully it will!

AJ - June 23, 2020

Like it!! Great article. Thank you! Really cool.

Patricia - June 26, 2020

Great site, thank you for being so generous with your creativity, given the fact that in my country the covi 19 is not slowing down … however I will do my best to make some of the models that you kindly delivered, hence I want to make and share some models with people who need it.
thank you very much

Estimadas, gran sitio, gracias por ser tan generosas con su creativas, dado el hecho que en mi país el covi 19 no da tregua… sin embargo haré todo lo posible de realizar algunos de los modelos que ustedes gentilmente entregan, de ahí que quiero hacer y compartir algunos de modelos , con personas que lo necesitan.
muchas pero muchas gracias


    Helen - June 29, 2020

    Thank you, Patricia! You are an angel for helping others in this difficult times. I’m sending hopes and prayers for you and the people in your country. Stay safe and healthy!

Rebecca - Glutarama - June 26, 2020

This is perfect thank you so much for posting this. My 15yr old daughter is Type 1 Diabetic and has made a couple of her own masks but this design is brilliant and looks fab too. I’m forwarding to her so she can make these now.

    Helen - June 29, 2020

    Hi Rebecca, thank you so much for the nice words. I hope she’ll like it!

Conrad - July 10, 2020

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Therese Remus - July 11, 2020

Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial. Although I have been sewing most of my life I was having a difficult time figuring out how to do this.
I found some incredible girly fabric and can’t wait to sew and show off the mask.

Rebecca - July 15, 2020

Yay! I am so glad I found this website! I found the same type of scarf mask on Etsy for $25 and the fabric is low quality t-shirt material that you know is going to fade when you wash it (it’s black). I bought some vibrant fabric and decided after three failed Etsy attempts to find masks that were breathable or didn’t look awful, I’d give it a go. This was so so so easy and it was my first sewing project ever! Thanks for making your instructions and pattern easy for those among us who are just learning to sew.

    Helen - July 15, 2020

    Yay! Thank you so much for your kind words. You made my day! I’m glad your first sewing project went so well! Stay safe and healthy

Myriam Audet - July 15, 2020

Thank you su much, it is very generous !

I will defenatly do this, well explained, Thnak you again!

    Helen - July 16, 2020

    Glad you liked it! Thanks for the nice comment

Becky - July 17, 2020

Hi! I can’t wait to try making this mask. Thank you for your video and step by step instructions. I do have one question though – What type of fabric did you use?

Sharron - July 17, 2020

so do you tie it in back?

    Helen - July 19, 2020

    Yes, I do

Stacie - July 18, 2020

How long were pieces of elastic?

Lori - July 22, 2020

Pardon me, but is the fabric size 20×20 inches? Thanks for your time. It looks like a great pattern and I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    Helen - July 22, 2020

    Hi Lori. You’ll need two squares 25 x 25 inches each to tie it comfortably behind your neck.

      Connie - July 26, 2020

      I dont understand. Lori says the squares should be 25×25 but the instructions say 20×25. I don’t know which measurement is correct. Please help.

        Helen - July 26, 2020

        You need 2 pieces of fabric, each 25 x 25 inches. If you are on the petite or making it for a teen, you can use two 20 inch squares of fabric

      Mary E Morstad - July 26, 2020

      Under supplies and tools, the information is a 20×25 inch piece of material. Is 25×25 better?

        Helen - July 26, 2020

        I’ve updated the information. You need 2 pieces of fabric, each 25 x 25 inches. If you are on the petite or making it for a teen, you can use two 20 inch squares of fabric.

Pam Wilson - July 22, 2020

I just found this scarf pattern and am looking forward to making one. I am COPD and anxiety issues. I find it difficult to breathe with the regular masks when I have to go shopping but this looks comfortable enough. I only have one question. How is it fastened behind the neck? Is it just tied or can small hooks or snaps be used instead?

    Helen - December 11, 2020

    It’s just tied

Mary Beth Ravanesi - August 3, 2020

Thank you for making this look so easy. We just discovered this type of mask and I think it will be much more comfortable for my kids to wear for a full school day.
Since I bought the fabric in yards, I am wondering if I should wash it before I cut it into the squares?

    Helen - August 4, 2020

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for the kind words. I would definitely wash the fabric before using it

Katie - August 5, 2020

Why are there 2 patterns in the PDF? Is there a difference? If so, when is each one used? All psyched up to try this and want to make sure that I do it correctly.

    Helen - August 5, 2020

    The pattern is too big to fit on a single sheet of paper.
    You should tape the two sheets together, matching the squares on the sides

Sherrie - August 8, 2020

Love your patterns and instructions. It would be great if you had a save PDF button or Print button where just the pictures and instructions printed without the ads. I know that sewers that live in a rural area do not usually have a good internet connection and need to save or print the pattern and instructions. I also do not have any internet connection in my sewing room as it is 50 feet from my home. Thanks

Barbara Hartnell - August 8, 2020

I plan to make this for my daughter – she says wearing a mask all day is giving her headaches and causing her face to breakout. Hoping this will be better. One question – how long are the elastice pieces?

Liz - August 9, 2020

Can you show a picture showing the tie behind the neck, please?

LeAnn Winemiller - August 12, 2020

I want a copy that I can print out, do you have one?

    Helen - August 12, 2020

    Hi LeAnn, I don’t have a printable copy of the instructions. You can print out the article if you’d like

      judy - November 16, 2020

      i copy and paste the instructions to a word document. that helps

Rosie - August 14, 2020

Hi, I have printed out the pattern, very straight forward instructions. Well done.
But I feel my scale is wrong. Are you able to tell me what the pattern measurement is along the long side ? Mine measures 13″ long, and 4 1/2 ” high. I feel that is not big enough ?
Thank you,

    Helen - August 25, 2020

    Check the line scale on top of the pattern to make sure it printed correctly. I don’t have the exact measurements at the moment but your measurements sounds about right. This is just for the nose and mouth mask piece

Tina L Kennedy - August 14, 2020

What did you do with the 2 side points to hold them behind your neck?

    Helen - August 14, 2020

    I tied them

Kristin - August 21, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I’m excited to make a couple of these.
Just wondering how long to cut the elastic. I didn’t see a length to cut???
Thanks, Kristin

Doratha Haemmerle - August 31, 2020

I like your scarf, but I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t know what you do with the two points on the sides. Do you tie them in back or just let them hang there. I for one would like to see how you put the mask on.

    Helen - September 3, 2020

    Yeah, you just hang them. I can make a short video to show how it’s done when I find some free time 🙂

Jingie - September 4, 2020

Hi, i cant seem to find the pattern for this mask. Can you point me the link please.

thanks Jingie

    Helen - September 6, 2020

    It’s just after the supplies and tools section

Barbara Collins - September 6, 2020

What is to be done with the two finished points that looks like it goes around the back of the neck???? Your directions don’t explain it and you tube doesn’t show it!!!

    Helen - December 11, 2020

    You just tie it behind your neck

Madonna Thines - September 9, 2020

I made this pattern in a 25×25 inch square. It looked great until I put it on and it was way longer than I wanted it. Can I cut it down? If so and I make it 20×20, will there be enough to tie in the back? I am in the process of making a second one with measurements of 22.5×22.5 inches. I still feel as though it is going to be too long. Please advise. Thanks.

    Helen - September 11, 2020

    Hi Madonna,
    I used 2 x 25 inch squares for the mask you see in the article and I like the length. I would recommend the 20 inch version for teens for very petite women.
    I cannot comment on length based only on the information provided. What I can suggest though is that you fold the fabric in half, cover your mouth and try to tie it behind your head. Don’t forget to account for seam allowances.
    Another idea is to use snaps or velcro instead

Kim | Shiplap and Shells - September 9, 2020

What a wonderful idea to make a scarf face mask! Loved the tutorial. Thank you for sharing with Charming Homes and Gardens!

    Helen - September 11, 2020

    Thank you for the kind words, Kim!

mireille - September 10, 2020

I love the fabric you chose: beautiful!

    Helen - September 11, 2020

    Thank you! I love it too

Naush Samama - September 13, 2020

Hi Helen. That’s an innovative twist to the boring face mask. Really like the scarf idea too. (its good to hide my double chin 😉 )Thank you for sharing at Meraki Link Party. We hope you’ll join us again.

Emma Peach - September 14, 2020

This is a great design – I’d definitely rather wear one like this than the standard style. Fabulous material too! Thanks for linking up!

Emma xxx

    Helen - September 15, 2020

    Thank you, Emma. I’m glad to hear you liked it

Ann @ Live The Old Way - September 21, 2020

The style of this one looks very comfortable! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop!

Tracy - September 26, 2020

Thank you so much for this pattern!!! My mom has a tracheostomy and we had been using 2 masks for her when we go out (one on nose/mouth, one on her neck to cover the trach). I found this pattern and made it for her. She loves it and it hides her trach, which makes her feel more normal! Again, thank you so much!!!

    B - August 3, 2021

    I found this pattern for the same reason. My husband just got a trach and was using 2 masks. I made one up with some fabric I had around the house, he loves that he can feel more “normal.” For his face, I adjusted the square part so it was a little wider. I also added elastic to the scarf part so it can be a little tighter (the quarter panels I used weren’t wide enough for a tie around his neck, and I was trying to make it as easy as possible).

    Adjustment I may make for the second one I make is use wider fabric so a hook or snap can be used on the back scarf part, for a more seamless look.

Ray - September 26, 2020

Can someone please help a non-sewer trying this pattern. What size is a 20 or 25′ square? Is this a diagonal measurement of 25″ 25×25? Thank you.

    Helen - September 29, 2020

    Hey Ray, 25 ” square is a piece that is 25 inches wide by 25 inches long

Sandy - September 27, 2020

I am making one for my granddaughter who is 3 years old. She doesn’t like to wear the other two mask I made her. I think she will like this one.

I know the dimensions will be different. What size should I make it?

Thank you! I’d like to make it tonight.


Jan - October 11, 2020

I made this to see if my granddaughter would like this style when playing soccer. I did have trouble in the beginning figuring out what gets cut out, a few more words of instruction or having the video or photos show the entire cutting out of the fabric would’ve helped me but once you figure it out it’s easy like most things. I used both the video and the step by step. I’ve made a paper pattern of the whole project so I can quick and easy sew another if needed. Thanks for sharing.

    Helen - October 12, 2020

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ll make sure to update the instructions to make them easier to follow! So glad you find it useful!

judy - November 16, 2020

what do you do with the side points of fabric? is there a way to fasten them?

    Helen - November 17, 2020

    Just tie them

Gaylene Henderson - December 16, 2020

Thanks, great tutorial, easy to follow and love the look of the mask.

MsBee - October 2, 2021

How do you size the pattern when you download it?

    Helen - October 4, 2021

    Make sure you print it without any scaling (100%)


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