Facemasks certainly don’t seem to be going away soon, and many people are looking for ways to avoid buying disposable masks in bulk. You can make great masks at home, that have a filter pocket too. These are cute, and your first one should take twenty minutes at most. If you’re making a few for your household, or people you know, you might be able to do one in ten minutes or less as you get more familiar with it.
These steps are super simple, whether you’re new to sewing or if you have worked behind a machine for years.
Create ½-inch pleats along the front side; that is, the side without the filter opening. You can do this by gently folding the fabric at ½-inch intervals, which should result in 3 pleat folds. Pin and press your folds. Unlike other pleats, you won't be sewing in toward the center of the material because you want to keep that filter pocket open. Instead, sew straight down the edges about 1-inch inward from the sides.
Finally, to add the attachments to hook over your ears, you'll use bias binding. You can always use the same material cut to 1 ½-inches x 4-inches. Begin on the backside, and pin the binding face down with the edges matching.
Press the excess edges down, so the binding appears with the "right" side touching the right sides of the mask. Fold the binding over twice to create a loop that you can thread elastic through. Do your final topstitch over the binding edges, and you're good to go!
If you aren’t a fan of the pleated look, check out our blog on a pleatless facemask!