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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


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


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


  • 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!