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DIY Kids Face Mask Template + Free VIDEO tutorial

I had many readers reaching out and asking for a child face mask pattern. Although we have many patterns for all ages, we clearly needed a post dedicated to kids masks. With schools opening soon, many parents want to make child face mask for their kids, just in case. This mask I’m about to show you is easy to make, it doesn’t require a lot of time, and it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on a child’s face. And your kids will surely want to wear them because you are also wearing them. That’s what mine thought. All you have to do is just follow this kids face mask sewing tutorial and you’ll be finished in no time.

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions how to make face mask for kids in just 10 minutes.

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Prepare the fabric

The first thing you should do is thoroughly wash the fabric and iron it well. You might already know this, but doing so will prevent the fabric from deforming after you have finished sewing it. You don’t want the mask to shrink after you wash it for the first time, right?

It’s wise to do this at the beginning of any sewing project, to prevent deformation or shrinkage of the fabric.

STEP 1: Cut the fabric and elastic

You will need two fabric pieces – one main and one lining depending on the size you want. We have three sizes: toddler face mask, big child face mask and teen face mask.


size S (2-4 years):

fabric: cut 2 pieces 4 x 6″

elastic: 2 x 5 ”

size M (4-12 years):

fabric: cut 2 pieces 5 x 7″

elastic: 2 x 6″

size L (teens)

fabric: cut 2 pieces 6 x 8″

elastic: 2 x 7 inches

You will also need two ties. If you don’t have or don’t want to use elastic, you can cut up an old t-shirt and make t-shirt ties. I’ll show you how in the next step

STEP 2: (optional) T-shirt ties

Making t-shirt ties is super easy and a great use of old t-shirts. Cut 1″ strip of t-shirt material. Pull the strip to stretch and curl. Cut ties to desired size.

TIP: You can cut your tshirt either horizontally or vertically. If you t-shirt is solid colored it does not really matter which way you’ll cut. However if you cut it horizontally, it will curl with the wrong sidefacing up, if you cut it vertically, the right side will be showing.

STEP 3: Layering the mask

Place the one of the fabric pieces with right side facing up. Place the ties/elastic on the short edges 1/2 inch from top and bottom. Place the other fabric piece on top with the right side facing down and pin everything.

Mark a 3 inch opening for filter along the bottom of the mask.

STEP 4: Sew

Sew around the mask using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the opening unstitched. Backstitch over the ties to reinforce the stitching and prevent in from coming undone.

Turn it right side out and press

STEP 5: (optional) Nose wire piece

This step is completely optional, but if you want the closest fit, having a nose wire to fit around the nose is a good idea. Take a 4 inch wire and curl the edges a bit so that they don’t poke through the fabric. Insert it trough the opening and push it to the top of the mask. Make sure it is centered, stitch carefully around the nose wire.

STEP 6: Making the box pleats

Most face masks have a few folds so that they don’t slide off your face as you talk while wearing it. This kids face mask pattern has them as well. To make them, first lay the mask so that the short edges are on the left and the right. Make sure that the front of the mask on the outside and that the main fabric is facing down.

Fold the mask in half lenghtwise and press with an iron to create a crease. Fold again one of the edges to meet the crease


you’ve just created. Press again. Flip the mask over and fold the opposite edge to meed the middle crease. Press one last time.


Unfold the mask with the lining facing you – you will see the three creases you’ve just made. Going from the top down meet the top crease and the middle crease. Repeat from the bottom up and meet the bottom crease with the middle crease. Pin. Repeat for the other side.

Congrats you’ve just made a box pleat!

STEP 7: Sew the pleats

Sew both short sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Don’t forget the backstitch at the beginning and the end. If you want the mask to be extra strong stitch the sides twice.

Give it one final press and …

Your DIY kids face mask is now complete!

I hope you liked this tutorial and that you consider it useful. Share your thoughts about it in the comment section below and let us know what you think. If you know a different or better child face mask pattern, do tell us!  Stay safe and responsible, and make a good example for your kids!

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Shelbee on the Edge - July 23, 2020

I am so fortunate that my neighbor made masks for all of us…kid and adult sizes! These are so great! Thanks for sharing and linking up with me.


    Helen - July 23, 2020

    Your neighbor is an angel. You are lucky to have her
    You can share these patterns with her. Most sewists I know love to try new patterns

Amy - July 23, 2020

Great tutorial on multiple sizes! I’ve had a lot of luck on the t-shirt ties.

    Helen - July 23, 2020

    Thank you, Amy. Glad it worked so well for you!

Sam - September 12, 2020

This is handy and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing x #pocolo

mireille - September 14, 2020

My boys have ended up liking the old navy masks the best. I think I will share this with my mom though since she is the own who sews in the family.

Dee - September 17, 2020

Made 20 of these today, easy and cute. Do you have dimensions for an adult size, please?

    Helen - September 18, 2020

    That sounds awesome. So glad you liked the kids masks!
    I would suggest adding an inch to both width and height and experiment with the length of the elastic to make it fit the face.
    It’s not fitted, so the teen size would fit most women (you may need to adjust the size of the elastic).

Gloria - September 20, 2020

Thanks so much for the info on masks. I am doing several to go into the Christmas boxes that the church sends all over U S. and other countries to children that get no gifts at Christmas time. thank you again. Gloria

    Helen - September 23, 2020

    Thanks for making masks for those in need. You are an angel!
    Stay safe and healthy!

Diane - December 25, 2020

Very easy and quick to make. I don’t use a contrasting fabric for the liner, rather I cut the main fabric larger and fold, for example instead of 2 pieces 5×7, I cut a piece 5 x 14. But do like the idea of 2 contrasting fabrics as that uses up more of my scrap fabric in my stash!

    Helen - December 26, 2020

    I like to use two different fabrics because it makes it easier for the kids to remember which side faces out when wearing multiple times.

anna m nadeau - August 7, 2021

thank you for your face mask pattern as i donate them to anyone whom ever needs them, it is my work and i will always be there for whom ever is in need, jas if they need a meal. if it is easier for me to print out your pattern please help, as i would love a simpler way. thank you so much. anna nadeau

    Helen - August 8, 2021

    I’ll see what I can do

Samantha Winkelman - August 14, 2021

Hello Hellen,
I just finished making 3 masks for my daughter who will be starting school soon. (this will 6 masks now) She will be starting 4th grade and it’s mandatory for the students to wear their masks in the classroom. Outside, is up to them. I did use the t-shirt ties as the ear pieces and it was a life saver. Thank you for the tips.
P.S. I have sewn some of your other projects that you have posted and they turned out great!

susan ward - November 10, 2021

why cant we print the pattern and directions without having to print 23+ pages?

    Helen - November 10, 2021

    I don’t have printable directions, I’m sorry. I don’t have time to manually upload directions for each and every of my patterns. You can either copy and paste the text in a word file and then delete whatever you don’t need, or just follow the directions on your phone


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