Considering how many masks a child can misplace, keeping one handy for the little tykes can get expensive if you are purchasing them pre-made from a store. The prices I have been seeing for masks is between $5 up to $10 each. For the price of a 2 of masks, you can purchase all of the materials you would need to make multiple masks. Plus, with the instructions below, you can make your own custom sized face masks for kids and adults.
To print a ready made pattern for a toddler whose face measures 4 inches, click here, or follow the instructions below to make this simple face mask pattern for kids in whatever size you need.
How to take measurements for a child face mask
Measuring a child for a mask couldn’t be simpler. Using a string, piece of rope, or measuring tape if you are lucky enough to have one, start at the bridge of the nose and measure to 1 inch under the peak of the chin. Make sure you write it down because now you need to do a little math. Take the measurement you just got and add 1 inch. Now take that number and divide it in half. Here is an example.
- I measured my grandson from bridge of nose to 1 inch below his chin. I got 4 inches.
- I added 1 inch to 4 inches and got 5 inches.
- I divided 5 inches in half and got 2 and a half inches.
- Save these numbers!
How to make a Toddler and Kids Face Mask Pattern
- Heavy paper such as card stock or a manila file folder
- A pen or pencil
- A ruler
- A 10 inch circle to trace ( I used one of my dinner plates)
- Using a plate or pot lid, trace a 10 inch circle on your paper (for an adult, use an 11 inch plate or lid).
- Fold your circle in half, then in half again with the folded sides facing left and down.
- Along the left folded side, using a ruler, measure 1 inch from bottom fold and mark it on the left side. This will be the side of the mask closest to your ear. (For an adult, you would measure 1 and a half inches instead of an inch.)
- Now take your ruler and measure from the bottom fold up to the curve. This is where you need the number you got from doing your math above. I would measure 2 and a half inches like in my example.
- Using your plate or pot lid, place the lid over the top of your folded paper. From this direction, use your plate to connect the two marks you have made ( the 1 inch and the 2 and a half inch) and trace the curve of your plate with a pen or pencil.
- Now cut along the curved line you just made using the scissors.
- Unfold the paper and you have your pattern.
To print a ready made pattern for a toddler whose face measures 4 inches, click here.
How to Sew a Toddler Face Mask
- 100% Cotton Fabric -Solid or Patterned-(Small patterns work better than large ones)
- 1/8-Inch (3mm) Elastic Cord for Masks (I was able to buy 55 yards on Amazon for less than $10)
- A sewing machine
- a pattern from above
- a chop stick, pencil, or small diameter dowel
- a paperclip
- a marker
- Fold your fabric with the “Right Side” facing in to give you 2 layers of fabric. Trace your pattern onto your fabric.
- Cut both layers of fabric following the marker lines you just created.
- After making sure your 2 pieces of fabric are still lined up, sew each end along the curve following about 1/8 to 1/4 seam allowance.
- Now open the 2 pieces of fabric from the middle. While still wrong side out, match the curved pieces together. Use a hot iron if you are having trouble getting them to lay together.
- Now sew around the perimeter of the mask (still wrong side out) leaving an opening of about 2 and a half inches.
- Once you are done sewing, start to turn your project right side out through the opening you left while sewing. To get the corners to turn, use your chopstick and place it into the opening and guide it into each corner.
- Use a hot iron and iron all of the seams flat.
- Sew a top stitch along the edge of your mask being extra careful to close the opening you left to turn the mask right side out.
To attach your elastic
- Fold over the end of your mask about a half an inch towards the back (the part that will rest on the face) of the mask. Sew it down at the edge as to leave a tunnel for passing the elastic through. Repeat on the other end.
- Cut 2 pieces of elastic cord 7 inches long.
- Unfold your paper clip leaving one end straight and the other end as a hook. Thread it through the tunnel, hook the elastic and pull one end back trough the tunnel. Tie the elastic in an overhand knot. Repeat for other end.
- Turn the elastic until the knot is in the tunnel.
Note: I tie the first knot then try the mask on the person it was made for. If it is too loose, you can tie another overhand knot in front of the first one to take up some slack.
These lightweight, breathable masks can be made for anyone, young or old, using the guidelines for the pattern above. But be warned, they are addictive. Once you start making them, and finding cute fabric, it’s really hard to stop.
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