What Size of Elastic is Best for Face Masks?


Welcome to this article that talks about the best size of elastic for face masks. If you are one of those who would like to make their own face masks, then you might be wondering what size of elastic to use. There are many sizes of elastic that you can choose from. You can choose according to your preference and to the type of pattern that you are following.

What size of elastic is best for face masks? There is no standard measurement for the size of the elastic, but most people would recommend using 1/8 width elastics. The size is narrow enough that it is comfortable to be used as ear loops and will not cause any discomfort on the skin. Moreover, it is wide enough that it will not easily tear or get damaged after many uses.

This article does not contain any product recommendations. If you are interested in purchasing elastics for face masks, here’s our buying guide with products.

What are other sizes of elastic that you can use? Can you cut wide elastic into a specific width to make it narrower? These are some of the questions that we will answer in this article. We will also talk about the different things that you need to consider when choosing the size of the elastic. Check out the rest of this article for more tips and information.

What size of elastic is best for face masks

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1/8 Elastics for Face Masks

This size of elastic is mostly preferred because it is thin enough that it is comfortable to wear behind the ears. It will not cause any discomfort behind the ears and it is wide enough to easily sew on the fabric. Most patterns required using 1/8 width of elastic. If you want to specifically use this size for the face mask that you want to make, then there are many kinds of elastic that you can use. You can also search for face mask patterns that use this size of elastic.

How to Make a Face Mask with 1/8 Elastic

Sarah Maker shared the tutorialon how to make a face mask using 1/8 elastic. She is using flat elastic for the ear loops. Moreover, she provided sizes for adults and children face masks. You can use that pattern if you have a sewing machine at home and if you know how to sew. This is an easy pattern for sewers to follow. Check out the materials needed and the step-by-step procedure at the link above.

¼ Elastics for Face Masks

Another popular size of elastic used for making a face mask is ¼ widths. A lot of people find this size to be comfortable on the skin because it does not hurt behind the ears. This size of elastic can be used for making ear loops or over the head straps. There are many patterns using ¼ width elastics that you can follow if you specifically want to have this size for the mask that you are making. Depending on the type of elastic that you will choose, the ¼ size is easy to sew into the mask. You can also easily slip it inside the casing of the mask. You can also check out this article that talks about how many inches the elastic should be on a face mask. Check out the article for more tips and information.

How to Attach ¼ Elastic into the Face Mask

There are two basic ways to attach elastic into the face mask and that is by sewing the ends of the elastic into the fabric or sliding the elastics into the casing of the mask. Take note that some type of elastic cannot be sewn directly into the fabric because it can easily fray. For these types of elastic, it is better to place inside a casing. Make sure that you check the type of elastic that you are using to make sure that it is good for sewing or not. We have also written this article about the kinds of elastics that you can use for face masks. We have shared different types of elastics that are ideal to use when making masks.

✅ Video – Inserting ¼ Elastic for Face Masks

SewInGenius shared the video below on how to insert ¼ elastic for a face mask. In the tutorial, she talks about how to put the elastic in before sewing the casing of the mask. Moreover, she also demonstrates how to overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them together. The video also shows a trick on how to hold the ends of the elastic in place while sewing. Push the play button below for the visual demonstration.

3/8 Elastics for Face Masks

Another size that you can use for making ear loops or a head strap for face masks is 3/8. Most people find the size of the elastic to be comfortable to wear. It is also wide enough that it can easily be sewn into the fabric of the mask. You can purchase 3/8 elastics on your local crafts store or from online stores. If you have wide elastics at home, you can check that elastic can be trimmed down into 3/8 width. You can also find different colors of elastics in this size. You can also check out this article that discusses how to make an elastic face mask. We have shared different patterns and tutorials that you can refer to when making face masks.

½ Elastics for Face Masks

This size of elastic can be uncomfortable to use as ear loops because they are a bit wide and can scratch the skin behind your ears. However, they can be used over the head straps. You can use two pieces of elastics of this size and attach them on each end of the face mask. Make sure that you carefully measure the size of the wearer’s head so that the elastic will be of the ideal length and will secure the fit of the mask. We have also shared this article titled, what size of the elastic cord is used for face masks? Read the article to find out the answers.

Related Questions

Can You Cut Elastics to Make it Narrow?

Yes, you can cut elastics to make it narrow. On the other hand, you need to consider the type of elastic that you will be cutting. Take note that some elastics are not meant to be cut into smaller sizes because they can easily fray and unravel. This means that the elastic can easily get damaged. Knit elastics is one of the elastic that you can cut.

How Long Should the Elastic be on a Face Mask?

There is no standard length of elastics for making face masks. Some people recommend using 7 inches long for each ear loop and 23 inches long for head loops. The best way to measure the length is to measure the size of the wearer so that it will perfectly fit. You can also check out this article titled, how long should the elastic be on a face mask. We have discussed various lengths of elastics that you can use.

What Should I Consider When Choosing the Size of the Elastic?

You need to consider how comfortable the elastic will be on the skin of the wearer as well as its sturdiness. The elastics should be narrow enough that it is comfortable to wear and will not cause irritation on the skin but also wide enough that it will not easily tear off or get damaged. You also need to consider the pattern that you will be used for making face masks. If the pattern suggests a specific size, then you need to follow the materials according to what is stated on the pattern.

Conclusion

There are different sizes of elastics that you can use for making face masks. The best way to determine which one is best is to consider your preferences and needs.  Choose a size that feels comfortable behind the ears. If you will be wearing the mask for a long time, then you need to make them as comfortable as you can. Also, you need to consider the durability of the elastic. See to it that the size is wide enough so that it can last for many uses and washings. Thank you for reading!

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