Please note that this tutorial on how to make a colour block face mask is not medically approved – I’m a crafter, not a doctor. 🙂 But the design is quadruple layered with space for an additional filter. So as far as DIY masks go, this one should be pretty good at keeping germs contained.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out earlier this year, I’ve been sewing up face masks on repeat. I’ve made around 30 now – for myself, my partner Gareth, friends and family. They’re a liiiittle repetitive, but they’re also a satisfyingly quick make. Swings and roundabouts!
I’ve not shared a tutorial on how to make them yet, because it seemed like every website in the world was doing so! And I didn’t have an alternative face mask tutorial that improved on the ones I had seen elsewhere.
However, I had a strike of inspiration this weekend. Someone complimented my DIY Mondrian-inspired wall art – and I thought, why not make a colour block face mask with a similar design?! Colour block is my go-to design choice, so this new mask has shot right to the top of my favourites so far.
I made mine using small cotton offcuts from a sewing class I taught last year (it’s a good scrap buster project!). I used soft pastel shades of blue, green and grey – but you could mix if up with bold colours, monochromes, neons, or even glitter/metallic fabrics.
How to make a colour block face mask
Tools and supplies
- Lightweight cotton fabric in mutiple colours
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Sewing machine
- 1cm wide elastic
1. Cut your coloured cotton into 10cm x 14cm rectangles. You’ll need 9 of these rectangles, in any combination of colours you choose.
2. Position your cotton rectangles into a 3×3 grid, arranging them until you like the layout.
3. Take two of the rectangles that are next to each other and sew them together along their joining edges, right sides together. Use a straight stitch and a 1cm seam allowance.
4. Open out the rectangles to reveal the right sides. Press open the seam from the back, so it lies flat and reduces bulk.
5. Repeat this for the next rectangle along, so you make a connected strip of 3×1 rectangles.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have three separate strips of 3×1 rectangles. Join these strips together in turn, using the same process of placing them right sides together, sewing and pressing open the seam. Don’t worry too much about lining up the squares perfectly, or using a precise seam allowance (you’ll see in the photos that my grid was very wonky!) – this will be disguised when the face mask is assembled.
7. From here, you can use any preferred method to turn your colour block fabric into a DIY face mask. I would highly recommend this free worksheet by HIROCOLEDGE – it’s a very simple pattern, that makes a comfy mask. It’s the pattern I’ve used for almost all of my masks.
I really, really like the abstract, Mondrian-esque vibes of this colour block face mask! It’s just the right balance of colourful and interesting, without being over the top. 🙂
Plus, if you follow the worksheet pattern I’ve recommended in step 7, then you can also slip a filter into it for extra protection. And when you’ve worn it, just throw it in the wash and re-wear it again and again.
Happy crafting! – Mike.
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