How to Make a Pleated Face Mask


Would you like to make a pleated face mask for your next DIY project? There are many ways on how to make a pleated face mask. You can find many tutorials and patterns online. Making pleats for the face mask is not that hard to do. To help you get started, we have shared tutorials and patterns that you can follow.

How to make a pleated face mask? You can make a pleated face mask with a simple fan or accordion folding pattern. There are also pleating templates that you can download. You can fold the fabric according to a pattern that you like. You can make a simple pleated mask without sewing. On the other hand, others would prefer to sew a pleated mask to keep the pleats in place.

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The pleats on the mask will create better coverage. It will also help the face mask to fit perfectly on your face. Check out the rest of the post below for the patterns and tutorials that you can use when making a pleated face mask.

How to Make a Pleated Face Mask
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How to Sew a DIY Pleated Face Mask Using Cotton Fabric

Cotton is one of the materials that you can use when making a face mask. It has a tight weave that helps filter small particles. Cotton is also easy to sew. The tutorial below is shared by Sarah on her website. She shows how to make a pleated face mask using cotton, fabric, and elastics. It is an easy DIY project that you can do. Check out the instructions below.

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric (For an adult size mask, cut 1 fabric rectangle 16″ long and 8.5″ wide. For a child-size mask, cut 1 fabric rectangle 14″ long and 6.5″ wide.)
  • 1/8″ flat elastic for ear loops, or 4 fabric ties
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins or clips
  • Sewing machine and thread

Steps

  • Fold the fabric rectangle in half, with the right sides facing each other.
  • Sew along the 8.5″ width edge, using a 5/8″ seam allowance. Leave a 3” opening in the center of this seam to create an opening for the filter pocket, and to allow the mask to be turned right side out after sewing.
  • Press the seam open. Topstitch/zigzag stitch along both sides of the seam for a neater edge.
  • Pin one piece of elastic to each side of the mask, one end to the top corner and one end to the bottom corner.
  • Sew the sides of the facemask. Backstitch over the elastic or fabric ties to secure them.
  • Create three evenly spaced 1/2” pleats.
  • Pin the folds in place, making sure all pleats are facing the same direction.
  • Sew down each side to secure the pleats.

Make sure that you choose the right size of elastic for the face mask that you are making. Check out this article about the best elastics for face masks for more tips and information. We have gathered a list of the best elastics that you can choose from.

✅ Video – Quick and Easy Pleated Face Mask with Nose Bridge and Filter Pocket

The video below is shared by Kim’s Kitchen Affair on YouTube. She is using a pattern paper to do the pleating. In the video, the whole process of making a mask is shown from the measurement of the fabric to adding the metal piece for the nose bridge. She carefully folds the fabric using the pattern paper to create the pleats before sewing. Watch the video tutorial below.

Pleated Bandana Face Mask

Would you like to make a face mask, but you do not have a sewing machine? You do not have to worry because you can do a hand-sewn face mask. You can use a bandana to create a face mask. Choose a regular sewing or quilting thread. Make sure that you choose a color that matches the bandana. The trendy tree site shared the face mask tutorial below.

Materials

  • Bandana (or other cotton fabric)
  • Needle
  • Sewing Thread
  • Shoestrings

Steps

  • Cut the bandana into 6″ x 10.5″.
  • Make the hand-sewn face mask by putting the wrong sides together.
  • One edge will be the folded edge, so you won’t have to stitch along this edge.
  • The other three edges will have to be hand-stitched.
  • Leave about a 2″ opening along one of the edges to turn the mask once you have stitched.
  • Start sewing at any corner and make small stitches around the mask. (Stitch about 1/4″ to 3/8″ from the edge)
  • When you reach the corners, reinforce that area by making a few extra stitches. Make small stitches that will hold better.
  • Make two tucks (or pleats) in the mask and pin to keep them in place.
  • Stitch along the tuck and reinforce with extra stitches right at the folds.
  • Once you reach the end turn and stitch again.
  • Fold the mask and mark the center point with a pin.
  • Fold one shoestring and find the center.
  • Pin the center of the shoestring to the center of the mask and pin along the edges.
  • Pin the shoestring into the area that is left open. Just make sure the raw edges are tucked to the inside and pin your shoestring right on top of it.
  • Sew the shoestring in place using small stitches and reinforce at corners with extra stitches.

Aside from the shoestring, there are many materials that you can use for making face mask ties. Check out this article on how to make a face mask with ties for further information. We have shared different materials that you can choose from.

✅ Video – DIY How to Hand Sew a Fabric Bandana Face Mask

The video below is shared by the Trendy Tree on their YouTube channel. It demonstrates how to make a pleated face mask out of a bandana using the same steps as above. If you want a visual demonstration on how to do the mask, you can watch the video below.

No-Sew Pleated Handkerchief Face Mask

If you do not know how to sew or would like to have to make a quick and easy pleated face mask, you can use a handkerchief and a pair of hair ties. This is an easy tutorial that is shared by the Japanese Creations blog site. You can use any handkerchief, but it is ideal to use one made of cotton or tight-woven fabrics. This tutorial takes just a few minutes to do and involves no sewing at all.

Materials

  • Handkerchief
  • Hair ties

Steps

  • Place the handkerchief face down.
  • Fold the top to the center.
  • Next, fold the bottom to the center.
  • Flip over the handkerchief and fold the top to the center.
  • Next, fold the bottom to the center and flip over the mask.
  • Thread the ends of the handkerchief through the hair ties.
  • Fold the sides of the handkerchief and flip over.

Another alternative that you can use if you do not have hair ties at home is rubber bands. Check out this post on how to make face masks with rubber bands for more patterns and tutorials. We have shared tutorials for all skill levels.

✅ Video – How to Make a Pleated Face Mask

Below is a video that is shared by the Japanese Creations on their YouTube channel. It tackles the step-by-step methods on how to make a pleated face mask using a handkerchief. The same steps as above are followed in making the face mask. Check out the video below for the tutorial.

We have also written this article about how to make a face mask without a sewing machine. We have shared patterns and tutorials that you can use. Check out the article to know more about the kinds of materials that you can use for a no-sew face mask.

Homemade Pleated Face Mask Using Paper Towel

It is ideal to use cloth and fabric when making a face mask. However, there are also other alternative materials that you can use as a paper towel. It is a good option if you want to make a disposable face mask. Take note that paper towels can easily get wet, so you need to take extra precautions when wearing this material for a face mask.

✅ Video – How to Make a Disposable Face Mask from Paper Towel

Maison ZiZou shares the video below on YouTube. She shares how to make a disposable face mask using a paper towel in just five minutes. First, she cut a piece of paper towel and fan-folded it to create pleats. She uses the stapler to secure the pleats in place. Next, she sealed the edges of the mask using glue. The last step is attaching elastic for ear loops using a glue gun. Check out the video tutorial below.

You can also check out this article that tackles how to sterilize a face mask. We have shared different methods that you can use from hand washing, boiling, machine wash, and many more.

Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pockets

Adding pockets into the face mask for filters provides an extra level of protection. You can insert coffee filters into the pockets or you can also purchase filter inserts online. Below is a tutorial shared by the ChezVies site. They have also shared free downloadable patterns on their site for beginners. Check out the tutorial below.

Materials

  • Cloth
  • Twist wire
  • Fabrics

Steps

  • On the short edge, fold the raw edge by 1/4 inches and fold it again by 1/4 inches.
  • Start sewing close to the edge with 1/8 inches seam allowance. Repeat with the other side.
  • Fold one short edge by 3/4 inches, pin in place, and sew the top close to the edge.
  • Sew another line 1/4 inches below the first line.
  • Insert the wrist and tie wire in the 1/4 inch wide casing you made earlier.
  • Fold the other end of the fabric and place it overlaps the other seam.
  • Once you are happy with the placement, pin in place, and sew a short line at both ends of the nose wire down to the overlap seam to prevent shifting.
  • Now you have an opening, proceed to make the pleats.

You can also check out this post that we have written on how to make a face mask with a paper towel for more tutorials. We have gathered different tutorials online that you can follow.

✅ Video – Pleated Face Mask Tutorial with Filter Pockets

Yaya Han shared a video on her YouTube channel. It tackles how to make a pleated face mask with filter pockets. In the video, she demonstrates the step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY face mask. She shared a design that has worked well for her for a personal mask that she and her family is wearing. Check out the video tutorial below.

Pleated Face Mask Pattern

To easily make pleats on a face mask, you can create a pattern template. Use the template to create even folds for the pleats. It is a helpful tool that you can use if you are not that good or familiar with pleating. Simply place the template on top of the fabric and fold it according to the measurements.

We have also written this article about free bandana face mask patterns and tutorials. Check out the article for tips on how to make a fast and easy face mask from a bandana.

✅ Video – How to make Paper Templates for Pleated Face Mask

The video below, shared by Kim’s Kitchen Affair on YouTube, tackles how to make paper templates for pleated face masks. They have also provided on the description box the measurement for medium and large masks. Moreover, they have provided patterns that you can download. Check out the video tutorial below for more tips and information.

We have also written this post about the best washable reusable face masks that you can choose from. We have gathered a list of the best products according to customer ratings and reviews. Moreover, we have also shared tips on how to wash and reuse the face masks.

Related Questions

What Are the Pleats in Face Mask for?

The pleats or folds in face masks allow the user to expand the mask so that it covers the area from the nose to the chin. It enables the top edge and the bottom edge of the mask to naturally wrap the face without riding upwards to obstruct your sight.

You can also check out this guide to coffee filter face masks. We have shared tips and tutorials on how to make a filter insert using coffee filters that can be used for a pleated face mask with a filter pocket.

How Many Pleats Are in a Face Mask?

It is ideal to have three pleats on a face mask. When worn, the pleats should easily open downwards to prevent any particle from collecting in the fold pockets. Carefully measure the pleats so that they are even.

What is a Pleating Jig for Face Masks?

A jig is a pattern that provides repeatability, accuracy, and speed when it comes to making pleated face masks. A tutorial on how to make a pleating jig is shared by Donna on her Designs by Donna site. Check out the instructions below on how to make a pleated jog for face masks.

Materials

  • Pellon or Card Stock

Steps

  • Measure the material to 6″ wide x 6 1/2″ long.
  • Starting from the bottom of the jig, the first fold is 1 3/4″, the second is 1 3/4″ above this, and the third is 1 1/2″ above this. (You will fold the jig on each of these lines)
  • Next, take the first fold from the bottom and fold it up to 1/2″ below the second fold.
  • Do the same thing with the remaining two folds.
  • The top fold will be about 1/2″ from the top of the jig.

✅ Video – How to Make a Pleating Jig for Face Masks

Designs by Donna shared the video below on her YouTube channel. She demonstrates how she made the pleating jig with the measurements provided above. She also explains how she measures the jig as well as how to fold it. Check out the video below for the tutorial.

The End

We hope that the tutorials and patterns that we have provided on how to make a pleated face mask can help you decide on the kind of mask that you will make. You can make do with the materials that you have at home. Moreover, you can follow the no-sew patterns above if you want to make a quick and easy face mask that requires no sewing. You can be as creative as you want when it comes to choosing fabrics and materials for the pleated face mask. Thank you for reading!

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