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Easy Sew Face Mask (& Optional Matching Dress)

How to Dip Dye a Sweater (or any Fabric!)
How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask

I know that by now we’re all heeding the CDC’s instructions by wearing face masks on the rare occasions in which we have to go in public for essential supplies, right?

The other day, I shared an easy no-sew face mask tutorial, but a few of you asked me to share a tutorial for a sewn version.

When my husband asked me to sew a mask for him, AND I had a refashion I wanted to complete, an idea (albeit a creepy one) was born.

Here’s How to sew an Easy DIY Face Mask (& Optional Matching Dress)

Yep. It’s as weird as it sounds, but these are weird times. If feeling “unfashionable” was keeping even one person from wearing a mask when in public and this changes that one person’s mind, it will have all been worthwhile.

First, find a dress you want to raise the hem on.

I started with this one.

refashion a dress and matching face mask before image
Those shoulder pads tho.

I really like this dress. The fit is spot-on, and I’m really digging the vintage vibe of the collar and sleeves. The print is lovely as well.

Those shoulder pads were a bit much though, so I ripped them out.

ripped out shoulder pads

Then I chopped off some of the bottom by pinning where I wanted it fall (allowing a couple of extra inches for a hem allowance) then snipping that part off.

snipping bottom from dress
A simple chop!

I folded the raw edge of the dress over twice and gave it a new hem.

hemming a refashioned dress
Just an easy hem!

And then I stitched it down!

sewing down dress hem on machine
Just a simple whirrrr!

After a quick press of my new hem, the dress part was done.

Now to make a mask to match my new dress!

To make a face mask to match your dress, you’ll need:

  • A Fabric Scrap that’s 18×14″
  • A bit of Quilt Binding (less than a foot)
  • Two Hair Ties (any type of elastic bands will do!)

When I cut the bottom part from my dress, I was left with these two scraps (two, because the back had a slit).

bottom scraps from dress refashion
These will do nicely!

As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t own a printer, so making a mask from a pattern found online wasn’t going to work.

No worries! You don’t need a pattern to make your own custom face mask.

I needed two sizes of face masks. One for Brian (large), and one for me (small).

I took one of the fabric scraps and folded it over, like this:

folded over fabric

Now, for sizing!

To make a large mask, you’ll want to cut this folded-over part into a 9×7″ rectangle.

To make a smaller mask, you’ll want to cut this folded-over part into an 8×6″ rectangle.

cutting fabric for face mask.
Simple! No pattern needed!

Turn this inside-out and pin along the open edge.

pinning raw edge of fabric scrap for face mask
Pin it!

Now, just stitch that down!

stitching seam for face mask
Just one quick seam!

Turn the fabric tube you’ve created inside out and press your new seam.

The next step is to make your pleating. Fold three pleats into your fabric tube with the raw edges facing left & right.

folding pleating for face mask
Fold, fold, & fold!

When this is done, you can either pin these down or weigh the middle down with something heavy (I used my sewing shears and that worked just fine).

Now, grab your quilt binding and hair ties. Cut the binding to the size of the vertical edge of your mask, and put the hair tie inside of it like this:

inserting hair tie into binding for diy face mask
Got it?

Then, pin this to the sides of the fabric for your mask!

pinning binding and elastic to diy face mask
It’s all coming together!

We’re almost done!

pinned diy face mask
Ready to go under the needle!

Here’s what the small mask looked like after it was done!

completed diy face mask
It is complete!

And that’s it!

Here’s what my newly-hemmed dress looked like after I was done:

refashioned green dress after
Anybody else obsessed with watching their plants grow lately?

And here it is with my matching mask.

refashioned dress with matching face mask
Yes. This looks like something from The Twilight Zone.

And here’s Brian & I looking incredibly creepy together:

Matching couples DIY face masks
Surreal, innit?

Creepy or no, I was able to make a couple of face masks for us out of a fabric scrap without having to run to a craft store (because we should all be staying home as much as possible right now), so I’m cool with it.

refashionista in matching face mask and dress
I just wish this was all over.

Stay safe, friends! These are strange times.

How to Make a Face Mask to Match Your Refashioned Dress (Without a Pattern)
How to sew a face mask without a pattern
How to Dip Dye a Sweater (or any Fabric!)
How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask