Hi Creative Mamas! I am excited to share with you this new pattern and tutorial on how to make a great fitted face mask so that your glasses won’t fog when wearing a mask. This is a true no fog face mask and a real solution for people who need to wear a mask and are glasses wearers.
Best pattern for face mask for glasses wearers
I was struggling to come up with a face mask to make for one of my boys. He uses glasses and every time he wore a face mask his glasses would fog up. This was creating a bit of anxiety since its now compulsory to use face masks in public transport where we are. Lucky for me, a lovely colleague of mine was having the same problem and she shared this pattern with me.
I quickly made one up and I was so happy with the results that I had to share it with you all! So if you or anyone that you know wears glasses and needs to wear a mask this fitted face mask tutorial is for you!
What is a fitted face mask?
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A fitted face mask is a face mask which has been developed in a way to fit the nose are really comfortable and tightly. Without being uncomfortable a fitted face mask should avoid the glasses from fogging up. This can be quite tricky because we all have different nose shapes and sizes.
In this tutorial I will show you how to solve this problem by using a particular pattern and a nose wire. Armed with a sewing machine and some fabric scraps you can make these masks in no time!
Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine you can still make these masks by hand sewing a backstitch. Check out the guide to embroidery stitches here to learn how to sew a backstitch.
How to stop the glasses from fogging when using a face mask?
This is super easy. You just need to wear a face mask that wraps around your nose in a tight but comfortable way so that when you breathe the air doesn’t come up to your glasses.
What’s the difference between a regular fabric face mask and a fabric fitted face mask?
A regular fabric face mask will usually allow for a gap around the nose area. A fitted fabric face mask is fitted around the nose leaving no gaps between the nose and the mask.
Fabric face masks tutorials at La Creative Mama:
3 Awesome easy & quick DIY Face Masks Tutorials! . If you would like to make your face masks a little prettier you can use this Free Printable Embroidery Template for Face Masks and create cute little embroideries on your face masks 🙂 You can use this embroidery template to decorate any face mask.
You can have fun decorating you fabric masks by playing around with different creative sewing ideas.
Fabric Applique on a fabric fitted face masks
This is a super fun technique! You simply cut your applique template, transfer it into the fabric face mask piece and you can create your own unique mask. At the end of this post I show you exactly how to create a Christmas Fabric Face Mask using fabric applique templates. It’s super fun!
Fitted face mask Tutorial
Materials & Equipment:
- Fabric ( I have chosen a 100% cotton from my sewing stash) Make sure you wash the fabric before making the mask.
- Free face mask pattern (available in my free resource library — get the password for free by filling out the form below)
- Aluminium strip nose wire (optional)
Great new option: elastic and aluminium strip bundle!
Choose your 100% cotton fabric. Prepare the elastic and the nose wire. Download and print the fitted face mask pattern.
Note: The mask pattern provided is for a size medium which works great for most kids 10 years up and most women. If you want to make one size up or one size down simple reduce or enlarge the pattern by 1/4 inch leaving the folded base as it is.
Fold the fabric so that you have a double layer. Place the patter at the edge of the folded fabric. You will be cutting the pattern on the fold.
Cut around the pattern. The seam allowance is already included in the pattern.
Cut the elastic pieces. For the medium size mask I used elastic pieces that measured 7 inches each.
Note: When you cut the mask make sure to transfer all notches marked in the pattern 🙂 this will make life easier when sewing the mask!
Place the elastic pieces in between the fabric and pin them in place. The position of the elastic is marked in the pattern with notches. Follow this guideline for a good fit.
Sew around the mask using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure you leave the gap open at one end as marked in the pattern. You need this gap to turn the mask inside out.
Check out the gap on the lower left side in the illustration below.
Turn the mask inside out.
Press the mask with a hot steamy iron.
Grab the nose wire and place it in the middle of the folded edge of the mask, just to determine its placement.
Once you are happy with the position you need to insert it inside the face mask.
Sew a little casing for the nose wire to stay in place. This step is a bit tricky because you are doing it blindly. You wont be able to see the nose wire because its inside the mask. So, make sure its in place by feeling it with your hands.
Once you are sure that the nose wire is place in the middle of the mask, pin it in place before going to the sewing machine.
Start sewing a few stitches from the edge of the mask towards the inside and then pivot so that you sew a parallel line to the edge of the mask.
Fold the upper edge as shown in illustration below. Pin in place.
Sew the 2 sides and the top edge with a edge stitch. By doing this you will also be closing the gap that was previously open.
Go back to your pattern and check the notches placement for the lower edge pleats. Mark the pleats in place, pin them and sew them with an edge stitch.
When you are sewing the pleats, make sure you go super slow because there will be sewing a few layers of fabric and you don’t want the machine to get jammed :).
Fitted face mask completed!
Download your FREE Pattern now and get started!
Now you know how to make a fitted face mask so that your glasses will not fog up again! Let’s have some fun creating fitted face masks that have fabric applique on them. I want to show you how I am making these cool Christmas fabric face masks for my family!
How to make a Christmas Face Mask using fabric applique
To get started you need to print out the Printable Christmas Templates to use as your applique patterns. You can download the ones I am using for this tutorial by completing the form below!
When using fabric applique on a face mask we need to make sure that we are not using any synthetic fusing in the process. This would only impact negatively on the breathability quality of the mask. So we need to create fun applique motifs only using cotton applique pieces. Let me show you how to do it.
Gather your Christmas templates, your face mask pattern and your fabrics. I have chosen red and green to enhance the Christmas spirit that I want to create.
They are both 100% cotton and they have been pre washed. These fabrics are all fabric scraps from previous quilting projects.
Cut the templates. Make sure that the sizes match your pattern pieces. You don’t want the applique to be super big on your mask. Just play around with the templates.
Cut your mask pattern on the fold as described in the tutorial before.
Using a transfer marker, transfer the template onto the fabric. You can use all sorts of fabric as the applique but always make sure that you go for 100% cotton.
Use a couple of different applique fabrics to create more dynamic fun results.
Cut the applique pieces using your fabric scissors.
Pin the applique pieces on the mask.
Pin them in place.
Sew them with a sewing machine using a zig zag stitch.
Cut your elastic pieces. I have cut mine to measure 7 inches in length.
Form this point onwards repeat the instructions from the fitted face mask tutorials from step 3 to step 7. I am including all the step by step photos below for your reference.
Check out the above tutorial for the detailed instructions.
Step 3: Pinning and sewing the fitted face mask
Place the elastic pieces.
Fold mask and pin in preparation for sewing.
Turn mask inside out.
Step 4: Turn fitted face mas inside out
Step 5: Insert nose wire into fitted face mask
Check placement for nose wire.
Insert nose wire.
Mark the casing with pins.
Sew the casing for the nose wire.
Step 6: Finishing the fitted face mask
Fold the top of the mask.
Sew the top of the mask.
Step 7: Finishing the fitted face mask
Now the face mask is almost finished you just need to sew those pleats in the middle bottom edge.
Follow your pattern notches, mark the pleats and sew in place.
My Fitted Christmas Face Masks with Applique
These are my finished face masks for Christmas. However, you can use any applique shape to transform any face mask, not just for Christmas 🙂 Go for it and have fun!!!!!
More fabric face masks tutorials at La Creative Mama
- How to make a fabric face mask
- How to make a fabric face mask in ten minutes
- How To Make The Best Fabric Face Mask For Your Kids
- Free Printable Embroidery Template for Face Masks