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Over the weekend I completed something I’m really proud of! Honestly, I worked like a dog because I felt the urgency to share this tutorial with the world. If you happen to follow me on social media, you already know that I created the Best Fit Face Mask. After struggling with several different patterns online I bemoaned the fit on all of them. Not one of the face mask were any I could wear for any length of time. You could say, I consider myself a face mask connoisseur especially because I searched for years to find my more form-fitting and comfortable masks used for carpentry or demolition.


Best Fit Face Mask

As a general contractor and woodworker, I had searched for form-fitting and comfortable masks to protect my lungs from dust and debris and had my favorites. Several didn’t have a good tight fit around the nose, which inevitably meant I was blowing sawdust out my nose at night. A good fitting mask doesn’t allow air to come in next to your nose. For that reason, I knew there were better options than most of the sewing mask patterns I found. After a weekend, I designed this easy sew Best Fit Facemask Tutorial for use by the public and medical professionals trying to protect N95 and surgical masks while also staying safe during the COVID crisis. (These are not a replacement for N95 or surgical masks. These masks are designed to add an additional layer of protection.) Looking for a simple, stylish, and better fitting face mask? Well, I have you covered. Get it? Covered? ;-D

Truth be told, my Mom reminded me I’ve been sewing and perfecting this design for almost forty years! This is me sewing a quilted rainbow vest (remember Punky Brewster?!)

And this was my costume for Future Day in elementary school. It’s a bit crazy that I thought the future was a place where we’d have so much smog we couldn’t breathe clean air. My costume was a mask with an oxygen tank on my back made from an egg carton. Kind of scary how our current day is a place where we fear the air we are breathing.

Thank goodness, we don’t have to wear tin foil covered milk jugs on our heads. I much prefer wearing the Best Fit Face Mask, a more form-fitted cloth mask with adjustable ties around the ears to fit a wider variety of faces (and keep from irritating the ears after wearing for long periods of time). The mask pattern also has an optional filter pocket, should you need the extra protection (although, frankly it gets harder to breathe the more layers you add.)

Here are a few details about the mask:

  • Two Sizes (Medium and Large)
  • Easy to Sew
  • Filter Pocket
  • Adjustable Nose Clip
  • Fitted around nose, chin and cheeks
  • Less Fabric Waste

Are you ready to make your own Best Fit Face Mask?
Click here to be taken to the full instructions with video and downloadable instruction sheet with templates!

One more thing, I share several options for materials, especially because there seems to be a shortage of elastic.

Prefer to purchase a Best Fit Face Mask? This is the link to the database of sellers.

150 replies
  1. budandtony
    budandtony says:

    Thank you for sharing your EXCELLENT mask template. I tried others but yours is by far the best!
    From a ‘senior’ handy lady who appreciates all handy women who aren’t afraid to get in there and fix things.

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  2. Debra Gutenson
    Debra Gutenson says:

    Can you give more details on the craft bead? When I google that there are so many different types! Thanks. And thanks for this tutorial. I’ve tried two other types of masks, keep looking for the “perfect” one for fit. I can’t wait to try yours. Thanks for guidance on the beads.

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  3. Audrey
    Audrey says:

    Thank you SO much for this pattern. I’ll go rush off to try it out. I’ve been making masks, some patterns seem to fix ok, but the fitted patterns I’ve tried seem so small and haven’t fit well. I can tell this one is larger and I have a feeling it’s going to get my stamp of approval. Thanks again!

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  4. Donna F
    Donna F says:

    Hello: this might help. I had to go Brittany website and then find the actual site for the face mask then find the place why to click on “find instruction and template for the better fitting face mask: or something similar. Hope this helps. The Command P did not work for me.

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  5. Lori C
    Lori C says:

    Great pattern! Very well written instructions. I’ve tried several others, but like this one the best. Thank you for sharing it.

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  6. CRMyers
    CRMyers says:

    I really enjoyed watching your video of the best fit face mask with filter and love this great design.  
    As a Healthcare worker, these masks are greatly appreciated especially the filter ones.
    Can you tell me how I can see the public database so that I can order some of these masks that are being made, especially the filer ones.  Thank you in advance for your time.

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  7. Anne Ladd
    Anne Ladd says:

    Can I use OLY fun material between the layers on your mask?
    Is a medium ok for a child, say 7-12?
    Thanks,
    Anne

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  8. Jenny Roseboom
    Jenny Roseboom says:

    I love this pattern. Is there any way to get the template in a different format such as .jpg, or .svg?

    I’m a teacher. I’m going to be helping deliver meals to students this week and was wanting to make a mask. I don’t have a printer here at home but I do have a Cricut! If I have the template in one of those formats I should be able to cut out a pattern.

    Thank you so much!

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  9. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Your pattern is fantastic! I made one for myself, then printed out the medium at 90% scale to make a slightly smaller one for my wife, to fit her better. I love the tip to use t-shirt material for the elastic bands. I have some fabric left over from making leggings, and the spandex content makes it comfortable and super stretchy. Definitely a challenge to thread through the bead, but very secure once it’s in there. Well done, and thank you for publishing this!

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  10. Sheryl Swayze
    Sheryl Swayze says:

    I love this pattern, thank you for sharing it! Will it work to use cloth ties that can be tied behind the head?

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  11. Merrily
    Merrily says:

    I just finished making one! Thank you for the pattern and video instructions. I made it from materials I had in my home. I used half a pipe cleaner folded over and encased it in double fold bias tape before inserting it in my cotton fabric. Since I only needed one for my personal use, I just made a loop of 1/4″ baby elastic instead of making it adjustable (used about 8″ on each side). I used the large pattern and it fit fine over the nose and out to the ears but was a bit long in the chin, so I just folded it under after it was done and tacked it. I will now be comfortable and stylish when I need to shop for essentials!

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  12. Cherie in Pacifica
    Cherie in Pacifica says:

    Hello there, just wanted to thank you for the amazing, clear, instructions. I hadn’t sewn in years, and tried four other patterns, but loved yours best. Thank you! Have any of your readers sent feedback as to what scaling works best for small children? My kids are 4 and 6, and I’d like to make some for them and their friends. I’m thinking something like 70% would do the trick, but figured you may have received feedback from others.
    Thank you again for helping us protect and entertain our communities through these fun masks!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Because children are a wide variety of sizes, you will need to downsize the template by printing the medium mask smaller. From limited testing, we found reducing the medium mask by 12% when printing yielded a mask that fit a four year old, but was still too big for a two year old.

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  13. psmanna
    psmanna says:

    I wanted to make myself a mask, my daughter, her husband and my grandsons. Plus, a few friends. I went out to get some elastic and material. You can guess what happened. I came home empty handed.
    Desperate measures.. I started cutting the elastic out of my underwear.
    Then, I went online and your best fitting mask was the first thing that my eyes.
    I used your t-shirt and bead idea to replace the elastic.

    THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SHARE!!!
    I believe you will love it.

    To make my nose pieces I used my kitchen shares to cut a disposable aluminum backing pan into strips. Then, I carefully folded the pieces four times about 1/4 wide and cut them to desired length. I covered some of them with electrical tape but stopped because I was concerned about what would happen to the tape in the washer.

    I wish there were some way I could send you a picture.
    To make the liners. I took the filling out of a pillow, washed the outside cover and cut it to the pattern.
    Finally, I used pillow cases for the outer cover.
    Grand total 99cent for the beads

    Bonus. . When it’s all over I have a reason to get new pillows and a set of cases.

    Thank you for the pattern. It was easy to make and comfortable to wear.

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  14. Amy Smith Dundon
    Amy Smith Dundon says:

    Hi! Thanks for a great pattern. I made an alteration to the assembly process that really helped me. Before doing the foldover / hems on the top and bottom, I stacked the liner and the outside on top of each other and sewed them together along the nose / chin seams I had previously sewn and then snipped.

    It made it way easier to work from there and finish the mask.

    Hope you are safe and healthy!

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  15. sue weston
    sue weston says:

    thank you for your wonderful tutorial. so glad you included a pattern to use and if i have a problem i can com back to your tutorial. i will be making some today for hubby and me. i need to make him several as i’m sure he will loose them and get them dirty where they will be needing washed. i love the pattern for the inside liner so i can use a different color for hubs to know what is inside and outside. i never thought of a coffee flat bag tie. i just threw out and empty coffee bag this morning. i’m going to get it out of the garbage and wash it up and use it. i can’t thank you enough for this. thank you many times over.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Yes, but I don’t have any kids to test on. Because children are a wide variety of sizes, you will need to downsize the template by printing the medium mask smaller. From limited testing, we found reducing the medium mask by 12% when printing yielded a mask that fit a four year old, but was still too big for a two year old.

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  16. Deborah W Krysa
    Deborah W Krysa says:

    I cannot figure out how to use the button instead of the bead for the slider. Will someone please explain how to attach the twine? Thank you!

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  17. Lauren Simmen
    Lauren Simmen says:

    Not a sewer, not very crafty. These masks were not difficult and do fit better than any other mask I found!! Thank you for the design. The coffee bag nose piece was also the best idea!

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  18. Deborah W Krysa
    Deborah W Krysa says:

    Then knot the ends of the twine together? I apologize, I just can’t picture it! I guess I should go out and buy beads!!
    Thanks for your help.

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  19. bernieb
    bernieb says:

    I think your mask is exactly what I’m looking for; I’ve tried 2 other patterns and they are ok, but not quite right for me. I will try this tonight! Thank you! PS. I need to check out more of your blog.

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  20. KAITLIN LIMMER
    KAITLIN LIMMER says:

    Hi! I love love love your mask! Is there anyway to turn it into an svg so I could use my cricut maker to cut the fabric instead?!

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  21. Mary Anne Enriquez
    Mary Anne Enriquez says:

    Can you please give the pattern with measurements on a grid for those of us without access to printers right now? Thank you.

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  22. Sheila Boyd
    Sheila Boyd says:

    Thanks going to make a few tonight. BTW I found these work great for nose clip. I encased them or used electrical tape to stop edges from ripping through. I also clipped off the pointy ends and trimmed the length of it down.

    https://www.staples.com/Staples-Self-Adhesive-Fastener-2-3-4-Width-2-Capacity-100-PK/product_1798845?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:1798845&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=1798845&KPID=1798845&gclid=CjwKCAjw7e_0BRB7EiwAlH-goDlyQANbqYGeTh1d2CbUKQ_o9_ujiq66MP9RU7k45p3doIHJKjwhsBoCKQYQAvD_BwE

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  23. Lori Fricke
    Lori Fricke says:

    Can I use duct tape instead of electrical tape? If not do you have any other tape suggestions. Ran out of coffee ties which worked great.

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  24. Sandy
    Sandy says:

    This was the best face mask pattern I have found. Much better fit and easier to make than the pleated ones. Thanks!!!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      As posted in the instructions, I do not have children’s sizes: “Because children are a wide variety of sizes, you will need to downsize the template by printing the medium mask smaller. From limited testing, we found reducing the medium mask by 12% when printing yielded a mask that fit a four year old, but was still too big for a two year old.”

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      As posted in the instructions, I do not have children’s sizes: “Because children are a wide variety of sizes, you will need to downsize the template by printing the medium mask smaller. From limited testing, we found reducing the medium mask by 12% when printing yielded a mask that fit a four year old, but was still too big for a two year old.”

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  25. IanR
    IanR says:

    Hi
    Thanks so much for this. I managed to make one for size and now I will adjust to fit. A bit rusty with the machine but ok.
    I used blackout curtain lining which has a slightly flocked finish so very soft and comfortable on the face, and I washed it first at 60°C because we will want to sterilise them to check for shrinkage. I think white is good because you might have to bleach it.
    Those coffee bag ties are also to be found on pasta and sometimes bread where I am. I used a sort of mouldable garden wire though and it keeps the shape very well. It’s a quite thick and soft one and designed to keep its shape.
    I didn’t have any elastic so I used cord like the sort of thing you would use on a roller blind . You have to loop one part over your head and the second part tie it at the back of your head but you’ve got to use what you have. I might try elastic later if I can find any.
    Thanks again.

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  26. MARILYN WALKER
    MARILYN WALKER says:

    THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!!I I HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH AND LIKED YOURS THE BEST. I HAVE 15 GRANDCHILDREN AND AM IN CHARGE OF MAKING MASKS. iS THERE A WAY YOU COULD PUT UP A PATTERN FOR 7-12 AND UNDER 7? I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH. THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      l apologize for not being able to directly answer your question. Look at the top of the comment thread on the YouTube video (https://youtu.be/-t_Gz3lGwF8) for my FAQ comment which answers your question. You can also get answer directly on this page which was linked in the video description, but here it is again: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/

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  27. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    Do you find that that these are breathable? I have a cloth mask that conforms to my face. I sweat terribly and after a while I feel like it’s harder to breathe.

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  28. Karen
    Karen says:

    I used a piece of thread to pull the cord or elastic thru the bead, just feed the thread thru the hole on the bead, make a loop with your cord, feed the thread thru the loop and back thru the bead. This allows you to pull the loop thru and it “thins” out the cord when you pull or stretch it.

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  29. Joanne Ohlman
    Joanne Ohlman says:

    Brilliant, and so generous. Thank you for such detailed and user-friendly instructions. I just found your site today, and it is by far the most useful for creating a well-fitting mask. Merci!!

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  30. Anne Burden
    Anne Burden says:

    Thank you for posting this, I have made a few other designs for other people but have found yours to be the best fitting and it’s easy to make too! I’ve made one for each of my family and now making some for my parents. So thank you again for helping keep us safe.

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  31. Denise
    Denise says:

    This is the best fitting mask, thank you. For my first mask, I did use a featherweight fusible pellon for extra filtration without adding the bulk of a filter pocket. It definitely reduced the bulk and increased the filtration. With allergy season ramping up in my area, I could definitely tell the difference. I applied the pellon to the back of the outer fabric layer but it can just as easily be applied to the inner liner.

    I did find coffee bag ties on Amazon. They are not prime but it is cheaper than buying more coffee and easier than making your own plus shipping was only 5 days. They also have a sticky back that can help them to stay put when sewing.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      l apologize for not being able to directly answer your question. Look at the top of the comment thread on the YouTube video (https://youtu.be/-t_Gz3lGwF8) for my FAQ comment which answers your question. You can also get answer directly on this page which was linked in the video description, but here it is again: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/

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  32. Jacquie Schuster
    Jacquie Schuster says:

    I made a few using denim as the front panel. My husband says this is the best fitting of the trial and error masks I have been making…in search of “the one”. And your coffee clasp idea is brilliant.

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  33. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    LOVE THESE! Thanks for sharing. I was unable to find fabric on my trip out to Walmart. I wanted to get all I needed at one time as to not come back. So i began looking at tea towels and napkins, but then saw the pretty patterns on the Pioneer Womans quilted place mats!!! They have a lining already. They’re comfortable, breathable, pretty and sew-easy to do! I wish I could post some pics.

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  34. Dan
    Dan says:

    Made masks for my family and some friends. The fit was good using t-shirt material. Very easy and quick sewing, I did modify the template a bit. Thanks so much.

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  35. Fran
    Fran says:

    Loved your mask made several used Flexible Plant ties from the Dollar store instead of wire.Washes well and had good bend memory. Thanks for the pattern

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  36. Patty O'Club
    Patty O'Club says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern, and your tutorial was really helpful. It really is the best fitting mask. What size bead did you use? I can’t seem to find one that works in my jumbledy bead box.

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  37. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Love this mask. I tried several other types but yours is the best- now on to making a template for a small six your old!

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  38. Susan M Dolan
    Susan M Dolan says:

    Loved your mask pattern… made one for myself and husband. question on cleaning.. all info says to wash in washer and put in dryer but am afraid of the tape i used for nose wire. (duck tape). for now I hand washed for 5 mins in hot soapy water , rinsed and then soaked in boiling water for 5 mins based on research. Would love to hear thought on putting in dryer to dry. Sure would be quicker.

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  39. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    Ok! How did you use the button method for this project? Could you provide a bit more details for using this method please?

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      l apologize for not being able to directly answer your question. Look at the top of the comment thread on the YouTube video (https://youtu.be/-t_Gz3lGwF8) for my FAQ comment which answers your question. You can also get answer directly on this page which was linked in the video description, but here it is again: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      l apologize for not being able to directly answer your question. Look at the top of the comment thread on the YouTube video (https://youtu.be/-t_Gz3lGwF8) for my FAQ comment which answers your question. You can also get answer directly on this page which was linked in the video description, but here it is again: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/

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  40. Donna
    Donna says:

    Hi Brittany, Thanks so much for making this pattern and tutorial. I make these and donate them to a local facility. I love how they can adjust to different face sizes. They are relatively easy to make (I’m new to sewing). The pattern is easy to cut out and it uses very little waste for the fabric. I love the idea of using coffee bag flat ties for the nose clip. I made minor adjustments, just because I was using material I had on hand. For those in the same situation: I used craft beads with a hole that measures between 2-3mm. Also, I used 1/8 inch soft stretch elastic. (I bought these items a few years ago for a project) I used a thread and needle to put the bead on the elastic. The elastic works great, but it doesn’t gather the fabric at the edge of the mask quite as much as the cords and thicker elastic does. I’m on my second batch of masks to donate when I though, I should let Brittany know how amazing her masks are. Well they’re great! Thanks again, Donna

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  41. Linda G
    Linda G says:

    Just a suggestion, Hostess bag donuts are inexpensive and also have the double layer twist ties like your coffee bags that can be used. Making one of your masks this weekend thank you for this post!

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  42. Liz
    Liz says:

    Hello,

    Love this tutorial… so you have a kids template? Or how to modify your template for a smaller face? Thanks so much..

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      l apologize for not being able to directly answer your question. Look at the top of the comment thread on the YouTube video (https://youtu.be/-t_Gz3lGwF8) for my FAQ comment which answers your question. You can also get answer directly on this page which was linked in the video description, but here it is again: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/

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  43. Deanna Briggs
    Deanna Briggs says:

    Hi Brittany – Thank you for making your pattern available! It’s the best one I’ve seen so far. I have no intention of selling masks. I’ve made about 10 so far for my family and close friends. It’s easy to put together! At first I could not find beads anywhere – so as a workaround, I went into the toy section of Target and found a key chain kit with the beads! Ta Da! work around! LOL Again, thank you!

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  44. Patricia Hitchcock
    Patricia Hitchcock says:

    Hello Brittany, i just got around to trying out your pattern for face masks, and wanted to thank you for an easy and well-fitting mask. I couldn’t find any craft beads, so I looked in my sewing supplies and found something that would do. They look like miniature grommets that one would pound into fabric; no memory of ever using them. Have a lot of quarter inch elastic, so I used that, threaded through the tiny grommet thingies, knotted elastic together. The grommet things slide up easily for making the elastic tighter. I was able to make the masks with what I could find around my home thanks to your creative ideas for the various parts. I had made another style of mask with a paperclip for the nose, but hadn’t thought of the electrical tape to keep it from working through the fabric.
    As a side note, I wash masks in cold water as that is all there is in my laundry room, and hang them in the sun to dry. Easier on elastic and I figure the time in the sun (all day) is sterile enough.
    Again, thanks for an elegant mask tutorial and and inspiring method for using materials at hand.

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  45. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Hi there! I love this mask, and so does everyone else I’ve made one for! Thank you for posting this! I’ve made around 25 for family and several of my friends (at no cost). A few are in pharma sales so they requested extras for work. I didn’t have any beads for the adjustable straps so I stole my hubby’s paracord and he tied sliding knots to make them adjustable. I really appreciate you sharing this pattern!

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  46. Janet Billey
    Janet Billey says:

    Brittany, I want to say thank you for sharing your amazing pattern! It fits well, is comfortable and love how easy it is to adjust. I have been making them for family & friends and to donate. I have shared your pattern with friends and family.

    Thank you so much for helping to keep us safe!

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  47. Teresa Lampert
    Teresa Lampert says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! These are amazing!! Like you, I was accustomed to form fitting masks and these are amazing!! They stay put! I have made them for adults and children alike and the pattern has been preferred over SO many others! As you didn’t have a small pattern available, I did modify your medium pattern by simply adjusting, as needed, and it is amazing!! I have pictures if you want them! You are truly brilliant and your pattern is very much appreciated!!

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  48. Maria
    Maria says:

    I would like to thank you for sharing your patterns for this mask. I have made many different styles of masks and yours is by far the best. My husband is an essential worker and though I have made him several masks your mask fit him the best. Just as a simple fyi. You made mention you were having a little trouble feeding the paracord through your bead. I found that if you bend the cord in half and slip a piece of strong thread through the loop and pull the thread through bead, tug gently the cord will go through easily. Thank you again and be well.

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  49. Layne
    Layne says:

    Brittany, this is truly the best fit mask! I’ve made several for family and the fit is amazing. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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  50. Wendy Trecartin
    Wendy Trecartin says:

    Absolutely the best fitting face mask! I made several for my husband and son and they both said this pattern was the best fit by far! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.

    I do have a question…..do you have a pattern for children (or what percentage would I decrease the medium size? I ask because my 9 year old grandson has to go for his first of three surgeries on June 23rd and mom is having a hard time finding a face mask that fits him.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      l apologize for not being able to directly answer your question. Look at the top of the comment thread on the YouTube video (https://youtu.be/-t_Gz3lGwF8) for my FAQ comment which answers your question. You can also get answer directly on this page which was linked in the video description, but here it is again: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/

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  51. Cherie Y Chan
    Cherie Y Chan says:

    Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful pattern. I have made and distributed hundreds of these so far, including some for my daughter’s girl scout troop. Attached is the letter which accompanied the note:

    To the Daisies of Troop xxxx
    Congratulations on graduating from Kindergarten!
    For our Summer Activity Pack Project, I learned to sew masks with my mom. We wear these to keep ourselves and our community safe. Even though things might be weird these days, if you see another girl wearing this same mask, you will be recognizing a friend.
    If you would like us to make more masks for you in the same size, please cut out two pieces of fabric according to the template in your packet. The template was made by an inspiring woman we found on the internet. Her website is http://www.PrettyHandyGirl.com. She uses her brain and Power Tools to build cool stuff. She also has adult-size templates for your parents, if you want to cut out some fabric for them too.
    Please remember to also trace out the line for the NOSE and CHIN, but do not cut it out! You can use any fabric your family isn’t using like an old character t-shirt, curtains, or pillow case, so be creative! We aren’t skilled enough to sew masks with stretchy fabrics like leggings, but we can use those for ear loops if you want to cut out 18-inch by one-inch strips for the wrap-around style I made for you, or two 8-inch strips for traditional ear loops.
    Drop off the cut pieces of fabric in a baggie with a note for how you would like your mask to look on my downstairs porch at xxx Avenue with a note, or email me at xxx . I will let you know when we have finished, and return your mask onto my porch.
    With love,
    Amelia

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  52. Mrs Mary Hollingworth
    Mrs Mary Hollingworth says:

    Hi I think this is a fab pattern and it does exactly what it is supposed to do. I wonder if you have a children’s version.
    I am a cancer patient and I have made loads for friends and family to raise money for my local hospice who are struggling . I have a local waste free shop who want to help by putting them in their shop to help raise money for the hospice I hope this is ok.

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  53. Liz J
    Liz J says:

    I have made 15 of these masks so far, and am in the process of making 15 more. Feedback so far has been very positive, and my neighbor has declared them the most comfortable mask she has tried yet. TIP FOR MAKING THE PATTERN FIT KIDS: scale the medium pattern to 80% with your printer or copier. They fit my 6 and 8 year olds great. Thanks for putting all the work into this design!

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  54. Mary
    Mary says:

    Thankyou for what looks like a simple faff-free mask. Just printed the pattern and wonder if you could make the
    1 inch box non-black… it uses quite a lot of ink and slows printing down.

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  55. mary dubois
    mary dubois says:

    love the pattern. have used it for friends but also noticed men with beards can’t put it under chin. so i don’t cut out chin. sew around it and the men love them. like the nose also sent to my neice for her girls to make for the girl scouts. made in america by a girl scout. thank you for making this pattern

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  56. Cjsu
    Cjsu says:

    Your mask patterns have been the best to work on. I’ve made hundreds and I love yours the most. Thank you for your generosity in providing these patterns and excellent instructions to work on.! carol suto

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  57. A
    A says:

    The small and medium templates are the same. I made the medium and it was too big. I printed the small and lined them up to see the difference and they’re the same.

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  58. Anne
    Anne says:

    Can not find the pattern and have been searching for two hours and I’m so frustrated. Looking for pattern for best fit face mask.

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  59. Cara Jones
    Cara Jones says:

    I love this pattern, I have made 7 or 8 masks. I use the coffee filter ties for the nose clip, and the untied hair elastics with pony beads for the ears; but the elastics were too wide, so I sewed them in half lengthwise. And the last one I made I stitched up the whole front instead of just the chin and nose so I have a little more space.

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  60. Carol Ziemer
    Carol Ziemer says:

    OMG! I love the bead on the tie threaded in the “u” pattern tie. I have family members who have problems tying behind their heads but don’t like the behind-the-ear ties. Since our governor issued a mandate for face masks going into effect tomorrow, I need to make additional masks and will be trying this new bead idea. This may help get them to wear masks more frequently. Thank you for sharing.

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  61. Sue
    Sue says:

    Thanks for providing the templates and instructions for everyone! Could you check the template for the small mask? It appears to be the same size as the medium.

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  62. Alison
    Alison says:

    I like this pattern and have been making them, so far about 15. Please give me advice about how to avoid getting bunched up fabric as I sew around the center where the nosepiece is and also the bottom center. I tend to get a fold of fabric under my stitching there. Any recommendations?

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  63. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I love this tutorial and pattern. I’m a new sewer and have cranked out multiple masks thanks to your help. I have discovered the use of pot holder loops as a nice alternative to elastic. Nicer on the ears and my daughter happened to have a large stash!

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  64. Jenn
    Jenn says:

    Thank you! I have made several hundred masks based on your design (I modified for a lower cut around the eyes and no folded edges). I have donated over $1000 to COVID relief groups. Thank you for sharing!

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  65. Kellie
    Kellie says:

    I made 3 of these masks back in April, and I love the design and fit. Do you know whether anyone has adapted this pattern to have a clear window for the Deaf community? I plan to make some in response to a request, but I much prefer the comfort and fit of this pattern over the one they’ve suggested.

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  66. Susan
    Susan says:

    I could not get this pattern to work for me. When putting front to back I did not have enough fabric on the front to fold down on the sharp vee in the middle of the inside lining. I tried to adjust, but finally gave up. Very disappointing. Anyone else with this problem?

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