Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Hack To Make Pleats

This post contains affiliate links and/or images. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases, at no cost to you. With the current shortage of store bought masks, and even those aren’t very comfortable, I have a great alternative that will take you about 10 minutes! My cotton fabric pleated face mask with elastic headband ties with a no fail hack to make pleats is great for the beginner or seasoned sewer!

cotton fabric pleated face mask with elastic headband ties with a no fail hack to make pleats

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats

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Learning To Sew Early

My mom taught me to sew when I was about 6 or 7. In the beginning, she wanted to help with improving my hand-eye coordination and posture. This was because I have a “C” curve of scoliosis, so sitting up in a chair helped with that sluch I constantly had. We started out making simple things like a pair of pajama shorts, Then we moved to clothes for my Barbie dolls!

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats 1

Sewing Helps You By Saving Money

As an adult, it was so much fun to teach my kids to learn to sew. I also taught classes at our local Joann store to kids and adults. Now I can see the huge benefit of the “saving money” aspect. Can you imagine how much you can save on alterations and being able to make your own home-sewn products?!

My cotton fabric pleated face mask with elastic headband ties wita more comfortable, cuter and cheaper alternative to the store bought masks!

That is why my cotton fabric pleated face mask with elastic headband ties with a no fail hack to make pleats is such a great project, because it takes very few supplies to put together. I had all the supplies at home, except the elastic headband, which I found at the Dollar Tree store, which had a pack of six for a DOLLAR!!!

Reusable Is Environmentaly Friendly

Not only is this project great for when supplies are running low, Whenever I come up with DIY projects, I try to think of my carbon footprint. I ask myself, “How can I can take part in staying ‘green’ with everything I do?” This resuable face mask is definitely environmentally-friendly.

Reusable Masks Are Never In Short Supply

When you are in a pandemics, face and surgical masks are some of the first products to go.When supplies, like store bought masks, elastic, ribbon, etc. are running low, my DIY Face Mask is an ideal sewing project. Having these home-sewn masks are ideal. Also, you can wash and disinfect them for later use making them absolutely reusable.

My cotton fabric pleated face mask with elastic headband ties wita more comfortable, cuter and cheaper alternative to the store bought masks!

Wearing A Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask Can Be Fashionable!

When you make these cotton fabric pleated face masks, I never hesitate with the color fabrics I use – to me, the brighter, the better! This is because by making them fashionable and having fun with the colors, wearing them is less of a chore!  Because you are using such a small amount of fabric, I bet you have plenty of cute scraps to choose from! Go nuts and make a bunch for your family and friends and donate to locate medical personnel too!

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Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Supplies (You can find the other supplies on Amazon, where I have links below you can click to order.)

Supplies:

• ¼ yard of cotton fabric
• Cloth Covered Elastic Headband
• Fabric marker
• Hem gauge
• Sewing Machine
• Matching thread
• Sewing pins or wonder clips
• Scissors
• Cutting mat and ruler, measuring tape or ruler
• Iron

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Instructions:

Easy Sew Pleated Cloth Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties Step 1
Step 1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring: Men: 9″ x 7″ Women: 9″ x 6″ or Kids: 7″ x 5″. Next, you are going to cut your headband into two pieces. The average lengths are as follows: Men 6.5″ Women 6” or Kids 5.5″ pieces. BEfore cutting, measure as follows: Cut a piece of ribbon or string into place onto a piece of your fabric as indicated in sSep 3. Find the middle point of your fabric and align it with the middle point of your nose and loop the ribbon or string around your ears. Make adjustments accordingly and then cut the headband into your 2 pieces.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 1

Step 2. On one piece of fabric, right side up, using a fabric marker, mark down ½” on each side

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 3

Step 3: Clip or pin your elastic ties in place. (because these ties are thick, I suggest using the clips) When the elastic’s pinned on both sides, it forms a “U” shape.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 4

Step 4: Sew the elastic in place with a small vertical stitch (about ¼” inch). Once all four elastic pieces are sewn in place, place fabric on your surface, right side up.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 5

Step 5: Place your second piece of fabric on top of the first piece, right side down, and pin or clip into place, leaving a 2” gap for turning. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew around all four sides, except the gap.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 5b

To make it easier to round the corners, you can use your finger or a metal hem gauge to hold the elastic in place.

Easy Sew Pleated Cloth Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties Step 6a
Step 6: Take mask off machine and clip the small piece of thread from the gap. Being careful not to clip into the seam, clip the corners of the rectangle to reduce the bulk of the fabric. This will help you to get sharper corners once it’s turned right side out. Using a chopstick or turning tool, turn mask right side out and press with a warm iron.

Easy Sew Pleated Cloth Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties Step 6a

Step 7: Fold mask in half lengthwise (this is your middle point) and press with a warm iron. You need to use your steam on this step because you want a very crisp crease here.

Easy Sew Pleated Cloth Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties Step 6a

Open mask and fold from the bottom up to the middle crease and using your steam, make another very crisp crease. Repeat this step from the top to the middle crease. Now you have folded in half, and then in fourths.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 7bWhen you open your mask, you will see 3 very distinct creases.

Never get frustrated making pleates again with this no fail hack for making pleats in your reusable cotton pleated facce mask

Step 8: Because you have pressed such crisp creases, when you pinch each pleat, it will naturally fold into a ½” pleat! Now you can pin or clip into place. Do this on each side for each of the 3 creases. Never get frustrated making pleates again with this no fail hack for making pleats in your reusable cotton pleated facce mask.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 8a

Now using your warm iron and your steam, press these pleats into place. Once they are in place, gently remove the pins or clips and steam the ends of the pleats into place, careful to avoid the elastic ties.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 8a

Step 9: Using a ¼” seam allowance, topstitch your mask around all 4 sides.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats Step 8a

When you come to the sides of your pleats, use your hem gauge or a seam ripper to hold the pleat in place as you sew each pleat into place, moving the gauge just before sewing the pleat into place.

Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Trick To Make Pleats front view

Clip your threads and you are ready to wear your mask!

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Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Hack To Make Pleats

Easy to make reusable Cotton Fabric Pleated Face Mask with Elastic Headband Ties With A No Fail Hack To Make Pleats
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Yield: -1 mask
Author: Kelly
Cost: 1

Equipment

  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • rotary cutting mat
  • pins or clips
  • hem gauge
  • fabric marker

Materials

  • 1/4 yard cotton fabric
  • 1 fabric covered elastic headband

Instructions

  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring 9" x 7" andcut your headband into two 5.5” pieces
     
  • On one pieceof fabric, right side up, using a fabric marker, mark down ½” on each side
  • Clip or pin your elastic ties in place. (becausethese ties are thick, I suggest using the clips) When the elastic’s pinned onboth sides, it forms a “U” shape.
  • Sew the elastic in place with a small vertical stitch (about ¼” inch). Once all four elastic pieces are sewn in place, place fabric onyour surface, right side up.
  • Place your second piece of fabric on top of thefirst piece, right side down, and pin or clip into place, leaving a 3” gap forturning. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew around all four sides, except thegap. To make it easier to round the corners, you can use your finger or a metalhem gauge to hold the elastic in place.
  • Take mask off machine and clip the small piece ofthread from the gap. Using a chopstick or turning tool, turn mask right sideout and press with a warm iron.
  • Fold mask in half lengthwise (this is your middle point)and press with a warm iron. You need to use your steam on this step because youwant a very crisp crease here. Open mask and fold from the bottom up to themiddle crease and using your steam, make another very crisp crease. Repeat thisstep from the top to the middle crease. Now you have folded in half, and thenin fourths.
  • Because you have pressed such crisp creases, whenyou pinch each pleat, it will naturally fold into a ½” pleat! Now you can pinor clip into place. Do this on each side for each of the 3 creases. Now usingyour warm iron and your steam, press these pleats into place. Once they are inplace, gently remove the pins or clips and steam the ends of the pleats into place,careful to avoid the elastic ties.
  • Using a ¼” seam allowance, topstitch your maskaround all 4 sides. When you come to the sides of your pleats, use your hem gaugeor a seam ripper to hold the pleat in place as you sew each pleat into place,moving the gauge just before sewing the pleat into place. Clip your threads andyou are ready to wear your mask!

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*Please note the use of this face mask is not intended to be used to replace those which are compliant for medical which are made to resist any virus, including the COVID 19 or any bacterial infection. Please refer to the latest advice from the CDC and your health care professional how keep yourself safe from the spread of COVID-19.

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