Pleated Surgical Mask

Wearing a face mask

I would have never said two months ago that I would be making a surgical face mask at home. It’s virtually impossible to get these lace mouth masks in a pharmacy in all this coronavirus craziness so I just found a good use for some of the fabric scraps in my ever-so-full fabric drawers.

I had some really nice fabrics and decided to use them for this project to make it easier for our kids. It’s really easy to make a pleated face mask at home, you don’t need much experience with the sewing machine. These surgical masks are done following the instructions from the Institute for Mother and Child Care in Podolí’s hospital, Prague. This is a more simple version of the pleated face masks, ideal especially for those who need to sew fast (for example if you need to make a bigger amount of surgical face masks). If you want the somewhat neater version, see the tutorial on Pleated surgical mask 2.

Important notice before we start – do you have symptoms of coronavirus or do you think you might be infected without showing any symptoms? Please contact the authorities responsible for testing in your area.

Supplies for One Surgical Mask

  • 2 squares of 100% cotton fabric 25 x 25 cm
  • 2 cotton laces of 100 cm
  • thread
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Steam-iron both fabric squares and let them cool down.

Stitch them together on all sides. Then here’s the double-layer.

Now start folding. Each fold is about 2 fingers thick, check how I do them:

Fold in a kind of accordion shape but each fold starts about a half in the previous fold.

The folds are what allows the surgical mask to cover the mouth and nose nicely.

The surgical mask should have at least 4 folds.

Fold the sides inside in a width that’s just s little wider than your lace. Simply put – the lace has to fit in this fold.

Stitch the folded sides to create tunnels for the laces.

Pull the laces through.

Your fabric face mask is done! Sterilize it in boiling water for 15 minutes after each use.

You can read an article here informing about the importance of using masks.

And here’s the photo tutorial – you can download it with a right-click on your mouse and select “Save image”