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Anti fog face Mask for Glasses Wearers | Reverse Nose Fold Face Mask Pattern

I’ve been wearing prescription glasses ever since I was 15. I’m nearsighted. Eyewear has been a part of my life ever since and I’ve embraced it. But there are times in my life when I wish I had the perfect 20/20 vision. Usually this is I forgot them at home. Having to wear a face mask brought another problem – fogged up glasses. I had plenty of readers asking me for a no fog face mask pattern for glasses wearers. And if possible to make it super quick to sew, breathable and most importantly – without a nose wire. Hmmm not an easy challenge. So I decided to combine the best features of my pleated surgical face mask and my 3D face mask to bring you the best of both words. So here it is..

REVERSE NOSE FOLD no fog face mask made for glasses wearers in 5 sizes. The best thing is that this fabric face mask FOLDS FLAT as NO nose wire is needed to prevent fogging. Enjoy

face mask for glasses wearers - view from the front

Below you will find my step by step anti-fog face mask for glasses wearers written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make an anti fog face mask for glasses wearers

Supplies and tools

supplies needed to sew the fabric face mask for glasses

DOWNLOAD: anti-fog fog face mask pattern and size chart (Free PDF file)

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How to Sew a Reverse Nose Fold Face mask

Watch the diy no fog face mask video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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ANTI-Fog Face mask for glasses VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP 1: Cut fabrics

Cut the fabrics according to the size you’d like to make

  • size L – ADULT: cut outer fabric 10″ x 7.5″ (26 x 19cm) cut lining 7.5 x 7.5″ (19x19cm)
  • size M – SMALL ADULT /TEENS: cut outer fabric 9.5″ x 7″ (24 x 18 cm), cut lining 7×7″ (18 x 18cm)

Cut 2 pieces of 1/8″ (3mm) flat  elastic 10-11″ (25-28cm) long each

face mask for glasses - fabric sizes


STEP 2: Layer fabrics

Place the main fabric on your workplace with the right side facing up. Center lining on top of the main fabric, with the right sides facing each other.

STEP 3: Pin

Pin along the top and bottom raw edges. If you want to be able to add filter, leave a gap on the bottom

stitching top and bottom of the face mask for glasses

STEP 4: Stitch

Using a 1/4″ (6mm) seam allowance stitch a line along the top and an incomplete line along the bottom. Leave a gap of about 2 inches at the center for the filter. Backtack at the beginning and the end of each seam to reinforce it.

STEP 5: Turn around and press

Turn the anti-fog face mask around. Press the top and the bottom seam with an iron.

STEP 6: Fold

This is the most ‘difficult part of the whole tutorial”. We’ll fold and press the mask to create creases. We’ll use these creases to create pleats easily in the next step.

no fog face mask folding to make the ridges of the pleats

  1. First, make the reverse nose fold. With the back of the face mask facing you, fold down the top about 1.25″ (3cm) and press. This is your new height. Do NOT unfold. From here on, you’ll see this stripe of the main fabric along the top of the back of the mask.
  2. Fold the whole thing in half and press to create a crease along the middle.
  3. Unfold
  4. Fold the top DOWN to meet the middle crease and press with your iron
  5. Fold the bottom UP to the middle and press

Don’t press over previous creases

STEP 7: Make the pleats

Open the face mask but leave the nose fold closed. Flip the face mask over to the front side. Now use the 3 horizontal ridges to make 3 pleats. fold the ridges down so that they point to the bottom of the mask. Iron the pleats on the front.

how to make the pleats of the no fog face mask


  • Pleats point DOWNWARDS on the front
  • Pleats go UPWARDS on the inside

STEP 8: Create the channel for elastic

Place the mask with the back facing up. Fold and press the side in 5/8″(1.5cm) twice create a channel and hide the raw edge. Use the piece of cardboard to fold the pleats and iron on top.

Pin or clip it in place. Repeat for the opposite side

pinned sides of the anti fog face mask

STEP 9: Stitch along the channels

Stitch as close to the edge of the fold as possible. I’ve used 1/8″ (3mm)  seam allowance


STEP 10: Insert the elastic in the channels

Insert the elastic using either a turning tool, gardening (craft) wire folded in half or simply a safety pin. Push the tool through the channel, catch the elastic and thread it through the channel

making of the face mask for glasses - inserting elastic

STEP 11: Tie the elastic

Take one of the elastics and tie the ends in a knot. Pull the elastic through the channel until you hide the knot inside.

Repeat for the other side.

reverse nose fold face mask for glasses

That’s it your reverse nose fold no fog face mask for glasses wearers is ready!


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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 33 comments
Linda - May 14, 2021

Yes! This deserves to be The Winner! I have made dozens of these and all that try them luv them! They are super easy to make and these instructions are great. The only change I have made is to make the ear straps adjustable w/plastic beads.
Great job! Love your website!

    Helen - May 18, 2021

    Thank you, Linda! I’m thrilled to hear you liked them so much.
    I don’t really like adjustable beads (it’s just personal preference) but I definitely can see why you need to add them for clients
    I hope I’ll see you stick around, and make sure to subscribe to my newsletter – I send out tons of free goodies weekly

MaryM - May 14, 2021

Thank you for this great solution to a nagging problem!

BUT… there is no link attached to “DOWNLOAD: no fog face mask pattern and size chart (Free PDF file)”.

Hope you can fix this soon!

Thanks again!


    Helen - May 18, 2021

    You are welcome, Mary. I’ve fixed the link. Happy sewing

      Paladin Henderson - December 30, 2021

      Hello Ms. X, I really enjoy getting your newsletter and all the great content. On 12/20/2021, I attempted to access and download the REVERSE NOSE FOLD / ANTI – FOG FACE MASK. However, each time I only see the sizing chart. I’ve attempted it multiple times with the same result. I was able to download the 3D face mask???? Not sure what the problem is. I notice a previous viewer had the same issue. Thanks in advance for looking into this issue. Happy New Year 🙂

        Helen - January 4, 2022

        Hi Paladin,
        You are getting the correct file – it only contains a size chart. There is no need of a separate drawing / pattern as it is a simple rectangle you need to cut according to the size chart.

        All my patterns are free for our newsletter subscribers, but there are a handful that are accessible for the general public (such as the anti-fog mask) and these load immediately without asking for name and email address.

Marie B. - May 16, 2021

I NEED a couple of these, I’m so tired of foggy glasses. Thank you!

    Helen - May 18, 2021

    I was so frustrated with foggy glasses! This antifog mask is the perfect solution

Jean | Delightful Repast - May 16, 2021

This is great—exactly what my husband and I need! I’m inspired to get my sewing machine out, might get a little mending/altering done while I’m at it!

    Helen - May 18, 2021

    Awesome! Definitely get your sewing machine out.
    there is a ton of useful little things you can sew quickly

Michele Morin - May 17, 2021

Brilliant! Glasses do complicate the mask situation!!

    Helen - May 18, 2021

    Indeed! I’m so happy I found a solution

Liz - May 19, 2021

I don’t wear regular glasses, but these masks would be very useful with sunglasses. Thank you for sharing on Fiesta Friday.

Dorry Lyn - May 19, 2021

a must have for everyone’s safety

Esmé Slabbert - May 21, 2021

Oh wow, I have a constant battle with fog when wearing a mask. Do you make these for sale? If so, please let me know

    Helen - May 22, 2021

    Hi Esme, no I don’t do commissions, but many of my readers do. Someone can chime in if they can help

Carol L - May 21, 2021

I purchased a set of hair ponytail ties to use, making it so you don’t have to hide where I tie the elastic together. Love this tutorial.Making this for my 89 y.o. mom

Stephanie 139a - May 25, 2021

Looks a great shape – let’s hope we won’t need these for too much longer. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

Rhondda Mol - May 25, 2021

I definitely need some anti-fog face masks! I’m sharing this with my MIL because she sews much better than I do! Thank you for linking up at our weekly Link Party! You are being featured at our Wednesday Party #400 this week. Here’s the direct link to the post in case you’d like to share your feature:

Hope to see you again next week! Rhondda

Sarita - May 26, 2021

I need this! Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - May 27, 2021

It is so annoying to have your glasses or sunglasses fog up while wearing a mask. Thanks for sharing a way to work around that problem. #HomeMattersParty

Shelbee on the Edge - May 28, 2021

Say What?! Reversing the nose fold keeps the glasses from fogging? This is brilliant, Helen! I can’t stand the glasses fog! Thanks for sharing and linking.


Kim Carberry - June 7, 2021

Ahh! My fella has really struggled with wearing a mask with his glasses. This looks and sounds fab.

Lili - August 30, 2021

You should probably make a note that the bigger fabric should be that size after finishing the edges since most patterns give you the measurements of your fabric with a raw edge.

    Helen - August 30, 2021

    The measurements given are of the fabric with a raw edge. It’s just that the design of the pink fabric has red lines on the top and the bottom, the edges are NOT finished in step 1

Janey - September 15, 2021

Can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for the tutorial

Rose - September 27, 2021

I’ve made this mask three times: the first was a failure. It’s a bit confusing about the folds. Once the top is folded over and the next step is to fold in half and press. This is the part that I mess up each time. Do you open the top fold to meet at the middle?
I now have two that function perfectly but am still confused.

    Helen - September 29, 2021

    Hi Rose, you don’t unfold the reverse nose fold at any point. Check step 6 in the tutorial and watch the video. You keep it folded then fold the whole thing in half to create the middle crease. Unfold the top, still keeping the reverse nose fold folded. Then fold top and bottom to meet in the middle. Now you have three creases to make three pleats. Hope that helps

lesley - October 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this design! It’s working great so far. My first round of homemade masks are worn out: these are a worthy successor! I’ve been making them for my friends who wear glasses full time: happy peeps, all around. 😀

Jennifer - October 2, 2021

Hi, I love this pattern, thank you. Quick question, when making the smallest size xxs, do

Paladin Henderson - December 30, 2021

Hello again Ms Spencer, sorry I didn’t include your name is my last post :(. Initially I couldn’t locate it and intended to include it prior to hitting send. I also wanted to update my last note about not being able to download the REVERSE NOSE FOLD / ANTI – FOG FACE MASK. I downloaded a couple of other files and was prompted to supply my name and email address. No such box popped up for the no fog mask?? Didn’t know if this data would be useful to you. Again, thanks. PJ

GrandmaSue10 - January 25, 2022

I guess you make these presentations in advance. We are no longer supposed to wear cloth masks. The N95 and KN 95’s are needed now.

    Helen - January 25, 2022

    Yes, I do. However there are different requirements all around the world. In some countries they don’t have such requirements


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