Coronavirus is continuing to stick around, which means we will continue to need our masks. Even after the vaccine, we might have to keep wearing them. Because of this, making your own masks might end up being very cost-effective!

We have another post on patterns to make your own homemade face mask. In this post, we will go step by step through a sewing pattern. If you need more patterns to try making your own face masks, check out this post.

Pleated mask pattern first steps

In the following image, we give you the first steps of the pattern. The default measurements are for an adult, but the final image in this post gives alternate measurements.

Pleated mask pattern

Pleated mask pattern next steps

This image gives the next steps of the pattern, starting with creating the pleats. An easy way to do this is to use an iron to flatten the fabric into folds. This pattern gives different ideas of how to secure the mask to your face, and gives measurements for both elastic and string. Think through which method is most comfortable for you.

pleated mask next steps




Pleated mask patterns other measurements

The following image gives alternate measurements for the various steps given above. It even includes measurements for kids from ages 3 to 7 years old.

other mask measurements




Download Instructions as PDFs

If you want to download the instructions above as PDFs, click the following links to save them to your computer and easily print.

Pleated mask pattern first steps

Pleated mask pattern next steps

Pleated mask other measurements

Do you want more patterns for pleated masks? Here is an article that gives another way to make a pleated mask. If you’re new to making masks, it could be good to see actual photos of the fabric as well as the diagrams we show here.