Want to make an easy 3D mask? I’ve got a super easy 3D mask pattern for you that only takes 20 minutes to make!
Now that a lot of states have mandated everyone to wear a mask while inside or within 6 feet of each other we are going to need a whole wardrobe of masks.
At the beginning of the Covid19 crisis masks were hard to find, almost non existent, and many people looked to sewists to make them. I was asked by many of my healthcare friends to make masks for them to wear at work. One clinic in Dallas needed 80!
We found some really cute fabrics at Walmart, Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics. Elastic had become a hot commodity. We couldn’t find it anywhere and if you ordered it online it took a month to receive it! Crazy!
Instead of elastic we made bias binding ties to use instead of elastic to go around the ears. It wasn’t ideal and took a lot more time to make but it worked.
Remember these homemade masks do not provide any guarantee of protection but maybe something is better than nothing? Who knows. The science is all over the place these days.
Back in March my mom and I decided to team up and sew the Olson mask for our friends and family who asked us to make some for them. To date we have made almost 200 masks.
The Olson mask is definitely a simple mask to make but found it difficult to breathe while wearing it in the store. I tend to be a mouth breather when it is on my face. During each breath it caves into my mouth which makes it even harder to breathe and almost suffocating.
I decided to do some research to see what other styles are available that’s easy to make. Who knew there would be so many styles? The pleated versions were bulky and had no interest in making them.
I found a 3D mask pattern online and started to play with the concept. After a few attempts I decided to create my own pattern and developed an easier way to make the masks.
Yes, you can buy a mask at almost any store these days but they can get pretty costly. I’ve seen masks sell for as much as $25 each! You can make them for around $1 each if you can find your fabric on sale. Check out the clearance rack first! Often times I’m successful there.
These easy 3D masks starts with 2 pieces of fabric that measures 10.5″ x 7″. Since it’s summer and can get pretty hot I found using lighter weight fabrics were much more comfortable on my face. Feel free to use heavier fabrics and even a 3rd layer if it makes you feel more protected.
I decided to move away from quilting cottons because they were hot and itchy. Lighter weight fabrics like seersucker, lightweight cottons, cotton lawn or poly was the direction I wanted to go. Joann Fabrics had a nice selection. Definitely check out your local fabric store and see what they have to offer. Or you can search fabric stores online.
Here are a few of my favorite online fabric stores:
I know there’s a debate out there that masks help or don’t help. I’m not here to decide which is right or not. I just want to show you how to make an easy 3D mask from my attempts.
After several prototypes I finally found a method that’s super easy to make and no serger is required. I love this method because there’s no raw seams or tricky sewing.
This mask allows you more room to breathe with the 3D design. The Olson mask hugs your face without leaving any room between you and the fabric.
You’ll need a few supplies for the adult sized mask:
Two 10.5″ x 7″ pieces of fabric (or 1/3 yard)
Two 10″ elastic strips (I prefer the small soft rope like elastic but 1/8″ or 1/4″ works too)
Give it a try and download the pattern here:
Let me know what you think about the 3D mask pattern! I would love to hear from you and your experience in making different kinds of masks.
By for now!
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