Facemask sewing instructions

Double-sided reusable facemask easy tutorial

This is so important now to wear a mask, but isn’t it great to look nice with it on your face as well? Facemasks can be used not only as a protection, but as a cool and funky accessory!

Get one made in no time with these easy and free sewing instructions and be unique! Double-sided reusable facemask is quick to make with step by step photo tutorial.

Plus, if you use two different fabrics for the two sides, you will have 2-in-1 wear!

To make this mask you will need two pieces of funky printed cotton fabric and some elastic or strings.

15 cm for each string is the minimum and enough to wear the mask on the ears. You will tie the strings up after upon the required size and trim excess off.

If you wish to make strings long enough to be able to tie them at the back of the head, which is better for children’s option, make the strings about 25 cm.

Print and cut out the pattern and place it onto the fabric. If there are images on it, be aware of top and bottom, as you will want the mask to look right.

Cut around with the seam allowance which you used to.

Snap small splits at both sides at the marked places. Or mark it with a pencil.


Fold the top matching the top splits. Iron. Fold again matching the third splits. Iron.

Now fold the fabric inwards matching the second and fourth splits (marks). You should end up with a harmonica.

Repeat with the second piece of fabric.


Pin the strings, as shown on the picture, leaving the seam allowance at top and bottom. If the strings are too long, fold them. But make sure the strings are INSIDE the fabric shape!

Place both pieces of fabric faces together.

Pay attention where the top and bottom are—the direction of folds should be the same.


Before sewing, check again where is the top and bottom of the mask. You need the opening to be at the bottom.

Sew with a seam allowance which you are used to. I usually place the machine foot on the edge and this gives me 0.7cm allowance.

Secure the stitches (by going back and forward) at the start and the finish.

Cut off the excess of thread and the corners.

Through the opening turn it out to the right side.

Carefully push out the corners with something long. I use a screwdriver.
Try to make the corners flat and not bulky, this will help when you sew over them in the end.

Push out the seams to straighten the sides. It is much easier with damp fingers! So I have a wet kitchen sponge next to me (new and clean of course). Give special attention to  straightening the bottom side, where the opening is. You need it straight and flat, so that nobody even knows there is an opening.

It looks nice and tidy now and ready for the last stitching.
You can iron it, if it helps.

Sew along the edges leaving only about 2-3 mm from the edge. Because the item is small, there is no need to have wide top stitch.


You now have a double-sided, reusable and one of a kind facemask!

It’s so much fun to make this face mask! Let’s make many more!

In the free printout file that I have provided for you in this article there are three sizes. You can make masks and donate them, as there is a shortage of masks even in hospitals. Please make and donate, especially to aged people, they are at most risk with this COVID-19 virus.

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16 thoughts on “Facemask sewing instructions

  1. Hi, Thanks for the measurements. I have been trying to make a mask in this exact way but couldn’t get the dimensions just right, you nailed it, all the best! Nancy

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