According to most experts, we'll be protecting ourselves from COVID-19 for many months to come. It's not too late to make your family and friends some face masks. Don't forget that all our service workers will continue to need them as well! If they're using them every day they'll probably need a few to rotate through the wash. I've found some of the best face mask tutorial videos on YouTube I think you'll love. They're all a little different. Pick the style that suits you best! If you're looking to laugh until you cry, this hilarious face mask sewing parody video will make your day.
Best Face Mask Video Tutorials on YouTube
These face mask tutorial videos on YouTube are some of the best I've found. There are 5 sewing tutorials and one no-sew bandana face mask tutorial for when you need a mask in a pinch.
Supplies you'll need for any face mask:
- 100% cotton fabric. Quilting cotton works nicely. Consider making the inside and outside of the masks different colors so people can easily remember which goes toward their face and which goes away.
- Elastic or bias tape. (you can also make your own bias tape)
- Sewing machine. You can sew these by hand but having a machine helps greatly.
- Fabric scissors or a rotary cutter/mat/ruler.
Time to get started. I hope you enjoy these videos!
Simple pleated face mask with elastic ear loops video tutorial
Video by Craft Daily
Best known for video tutorials for snow flakes and paper crafts, Craft Daily has done quite a few sewing tutorials for face masks recently. This style of mask is one of the easiest to sew. All you'll need is some 100% cotton quilting fabric and some elastic. ⅛" or ¼" braided elastic is what most people use. You don't want to use non-roll elastic. That will be too stiff and bulky.
This is a good video tutorial for beginners.
Best fit face mask video tutorial
Video by Brittany Bailey
Best known for DIY home repair projects, Brittany shows you how to make this great form fitting mask. These fit tighter to the face with less gaps. Preventing gapping is important to prevent virus particles from entering through the gaps.
Some people do complain this style is harder to breathe with because there's less space between your mouth and the fabric. That can be a good and bad thing. This is my favorite mask style, however.
Simple face mask video tutorial with bias tape ties
This is pretty much the gold standard for simple masks. This is made the same way 80% of the mask tutorials out there are made. She uses quilting clips but regular pins would work well too. These are easy to use though some people complain they don't fit well to the face. You might want to add a nose bridge strip of some kind if you need a better fit on the nose to prevent gapping or from it slipping down your face.
Face mask video tutorial with fitted nose and filter pocket
Video by Melanie Ham
You'll find lots of crochet and quilting tutorials on her youtube page. This face mask tutorial has instructions for making the nose fitted as well as a pocket for a filter. These are great for people who have to wear masks for longer periods of time.
The nose bridge can be made with real nose bridge strips, floral wire or pipe cleaners. Remember, if you're planning to wash these (you should be!) then you'll need to keep the metal in mind. You don't want anything that will rust or poke holes in your fabric. Even better, make the nose bridge removable.
This version uses bias tape ties she makes with a bias tape maker. At the end of the video she has an option for using knit fabric for ties. It's a little less work and the ties will be stretchy. I'm wondering if they'll stay tied tight all day if they're stretchy. Has anyone tried this?
Best adjustable fit mask video tutorial
Video by Marissa Rae Gun Ramblings
Marissa is known for great sewing tutorials, recipes and book reviews. She also has a good no-sew mask tutorial on her blog. This mask tutorial is simple like the pleated masks but is more fitted without being tight on the mouth like some fitted mask tutorials. In this video she'll show you how to sew from start to finish with elastic ear loops. She'll show you how to make this fit well for your own face.
DIY no sew bandana face mask video tutorial
Video by Kristin Omdahl
Kristin makes lots of youtube videos about crocheting so this no-sew tutorial is perfect for anyone else who doesn't sew! All you need is a bandana and a couple rubber bands. These are perfect if you just need a mask for going to the shop once every other week. This take less than a minute to make and you can easily toss into the wash when you're done using it.
I like this type of mask if you rarely need to go out. If you go out very frequently, or work with a mask, you should probably use one that's more likely to hold up for longer periods.
I hope you enjoy these video face mask tutorials! Let us know which one you like best!