Church of England Diocese of Lincoln Gainsborough and Morton

Make your own Face Mask

12 Jun 2020, 10:15 a.m.


As it seems we may all have to wear Face Masks in shops and on public transport soon Rev Steve thought it would be a good idea if we could provide some for those who cannot make them themselves. I have provided YouTube link with tutorial showing you how to make them. Also attached details of a simple face mask to make with instructions. So come on Ladies and Gents let’s make use of the lockdown and be productive. Any cotton fabric with any pattern on can be used. Steve and Liz have put a box on the Vicarage doorstep to put any masks that you have made and want to donate.

ALSO an appeal for any cotton fabric that you may have lying around that I could use to make some more myself. I have come to the end of my fabric stash so would appreciate any you may have to offer. It just needs to be at least 10 by 10 inches. This can also be left on the Vicarage Doorstep or alternatively give me a ring on 01427612886 and I will try to arrange to pick it up!

For the pattern simply click on the link below:-

For the YouTube mask Liz suggests that a 12 inch diameter circle makes a better fit for an adult.

How to Make a Simple Pleated Face Mask.


Flat tightly woven fabric, 100% cotton or 100% polyester, ¼” Flat elastic, Sewing MachineFabric Scissors, Pins.

Lay fabric out on a flat surface. Place the pattern on the fabric and cut out or alternatively, cut out two rectangles measuring 6.5” high by 9.5” wide.


Cut two pieces of elastic 5” long.

Sew the ends of the elastics to the short ends of one rectangular piece (on the RIGHT side of the fabric) forming loops.

Align the RIGHT sides of the rectangle pieces and sew all four sides with a ¼” seam allowance leaving a 3” gap opening.

Turn the face mask inside out and press the edges flat with an iron.

Edgestitch around the perimeter and stitch the opening closed.

Fold the short ends of the sewn face mask creating two pleats on both sides. Pin in place. Pleated side should measure 3.25” high.

Sew the folded pleats in place and remove the pins.

As you can see in my pics below I made a small pocket and put a stiffener in it so the wearer can pinch it in to fit their nose.

Have fun happy sewing pictures, Sheila Knight