Skip Navigation Website Accessibility

search our store

Pleated Mask Tutorial

MATERIALS FOR ONE MASK:

  • 12” of ¼” elastic cut into two 6” pieces or 2 pieces of fabric 2”x36-44” in length, or 2 1-yard pieces of bias.
  • 8.5 x 9-10” piece of tightly woven fabric such as shirting or high thread count quilting fabric (200+ threads per inch) for exterior
  • 8.5 x 9-10” piece of tightly woven fabric such as shirting or high thread count muslin for lining
  • One 3-6” piece of 24 or 20 gauge wire with ends bent up to prevent sharp ends from poking through fabric, (a paper clip will work as well) for the nose piece.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING BIAS OR FABRIC STRIPS:
  1. Cut your main/outer fabric, and lining fabric to 8.5x10 inches ( you can go a little smaller depending on your own comfort level ...8.5x9 will also give good coverage ). The interfacing is optional if you don’t have it or choose not to use it.I
  2. If you want and are able to find any, you can use interfacing as an additional layer and fuse it to the wrong side of the main/outer fabric
  3. Lay your 2 fabrics ( main/outer and the lining ) with the “right” sides together. ( your lining fabric may look the same on both sides, if this is the case then whichever side will work, you can’t go wrong! ) Using a 5/8” seam allowance, stitch along the “top” and “bottom edges, the 10 inch edges ( or if you’ve cut smaller, the 9inch edge ), leaving the 8.5 inch sides open.
  4. Turn right side out, press and top stitch the top and bottom edges.
  5. Make the pleats. I have seen instructions online for different masks that call for 3 pleats, some call for 2 pleats. I have tried both and both seam to work absolutely fine. For this kit and tutorial, I did 3. Here’s where I admit I’m not that great at making pleats. What I do is I fold down 1 1/2 inches and then fold THAT fold back up on itself by 1/2 inch. And I use a little metal seam gauge to make my folds consistent and accurate otherwise I’d have no hope.
  6. Prepare your seam binding. My kit had single fold so I folded and pressed one side towards the center.
If you havesingle fold bias tape, fold and press one side towards the center, or if you have a strip of fabric, first fold the strip in half lengthwise and press, then fold one side towards the center fold and press.
If you have double fold bias tape, unfold and press one side open.

6. Mark the center point of your prepared seam bindings AND mark the center point of the raw edges of your mask. Your can be really precise and measure and mark with chalk or a fabric pen or just make a finger crease and eyeball it. I eyeballed it.
7. Lay the raw edge of the seam binding against the raw edge of the now pleated mask and sew it down.
Once sewn down, flip the seam binding over to the back, encasing the raw edge of the mask within the seam binding.
Almost done! All that is left to do now is sew down the length of your binding to keep the raw edges tucked in and tidy. Now repeat Step 7 for the other side of the mask.

8.  You can take it to your ironing board and give it a good press but it sort of falls into place since everything has already been folded and pressed. Sew as close to the edge as possible to sew the binding closed, and you’re done!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING ELASTIC:
  1. Cut your main/outer fabric, and lining fabric to 8.5x10 inches ( you can go a little smaller depending on your own comfort level ...8.5x9 will also give good coverage ). The interfacing is optional if you don’t have it or choose not to use it.
  2. If you want and are able to find any, you can use interfacing as an additional layer and fuse it to the wrong side of the main/outer fabric
  3. Lay your 2 fabrics ( main/outer and the lining ) with the “right” sides together. ( your lining fabric may look the same on both sides, if this is the case then whichever side will work, you can’t go wrong! ) Using a 5/8” seam allowance, stitch along the “top” and “bottom edges, the 10 inch edges ( or if you’ve cut smaller, the 9inch edge ), leaving the 8.5 inch sides open.
  4. Turn the mask right side out. Tuck in the raw edges on both sides about 1/4” and pin in place.
  5. Place one end of elastic at top of side edge, and slide it into tucked edge, and place other end at bottom side edge. Pin in place. Repeat with other sides.
  6. Top stitch the around the mask.
  7. Make the pleats. I have seen instructions online for different masks that call for 3 pleats, some call for 2 pleats. I have tried both and both seam to work absolutely fine. For this kit and tutorial, I did 3. Here’s where I admit I’m not that great at making pleats. What I do is I fold down 1 1/2 inches and then fold THAT fold back up on itself by 1/2 inch. And I use a little metal seam gauge to make my folds consistent and accurate otherwise I’d have no hope.
  8. Topstitch the pleats in place on both sides. You are finished with the pleated mask!


Thanks,

Piper

Contact Us

  • Esther's Fabrics
    181 Winslow Way E Suite D
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    Call us now: 206-842-2261
    Email: info@esthersfabrics.com
Logo