Face Masks & Co. Sewing

Face Mask with Filter Pocket and Nose Adjustment

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This is a tutorial on the best fitting face mask yet – the face mask with nose adjustment. Its top edge is reinforced with wire which allows you to adjust the mask to your nose so the mask will stay in place on your nose. The mask has tunnels for an elastic band that hold it behind your ears and a filter pocket in case you want to insert any kind of a filter.

To make this mask you’ll need a pattern which you can download here. I’ve drawn two sizes – adult and child. The adult pattern is quite large, I feel very comfortable in it but it’s very easy to adjust in case you need it bigger or smaller. When you print, don’t forget to uncheck the “Adjust to page” box.




  • pattern – download here
  • 100% cotton fabric – you will need 3 layers (outside, inside, pocket): I found some great designs for the outside layer here and I like to use plain white like this one for the inside layer and the pocket
  • elastic band width 0,5 cm – 50 cm is enough even with a reserve for mistakes
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • scissors
  • pins
  • wire – I use thin wire – 1 mm thick, however, you can use a thicker one, just make sure you can shape it with your fingers
  • wire pliers – round and for cutting
  • safety pin

How to make the face mask


Print the pattern and cut it out – The seam allowance of 0,5 cm is included, however, the mask is pretty large and you can make the seam allowance up to 1 cm. The pattern is half of the mask, so you need to fold your fabric and place the pattern on the fold where indicated.

Cut 3 same parts – one for the outside, one for the inside and one for the pocket.


Fold each piece in half right side inside and stitch where indicated by the blue line.

When you open the pieces, they should look like this.

Close the piece that will be the pocket and cut off about 2,5 cm on the short edges.

Fold the short edges about 0,5 cm and stitch.

Place the inside layer of the mask right side up and place the pocket on it also right side up and pin well. Make sure the centers are aligned.

Place the outside layer on top of it wrong side up and pin again.

Stitch 0,5 cm around the edges, leave one short side open (blue line).

Turn the mask right side out through this opening.

Stitch 0,5 cm from the upper and lower edge (long sides). This will create a tunnel for the wire.

Inserting Wire

Fold the stitched short edge about 1 cm and stitch – this will create a tunner for the elastic.

Next, take the wire and make a round loop at one end. This will prevent the wire from making a hole in your fabric.

Insert the wire in the tunnel in one of the long sides. Push the wire in until you feel it has reached the other side of the mask.

Then bend the wire where the pocket is attached.

Pull the wire out until you see the bent point.

Cut the wire where it bends and make a loop.

Push the wire back in.

Now is the time to fold the open short edge in and stitch. If you did everything right, the wire ends where the pocket starts and folding the short edge will keep the wire in place.


Attach the safety pin to the elastic band and pull it through the tunnels on the short sides.

Make a knot binding the ends of the elastic together and then put on the mask on your face and the elastic behind your ears to see if it fits. If it doesn’t, adjust the knot. You can leave it like this and use the mask with these knots.

Or you can cut the elastic right below the knot and sew the ends together.


Your face mask with nose adjustment is done. When you put it on, try to shape the wire to fit your nose.

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  1. Bee says:

    I can’t seem to download the pattern. It opens in a new window, but if I try to print it shrinks. even if set at 100%

    1. Petra says:

      Thanks for letting me know. Once you open the photo it probably shrinks automatically to fit your screen. You need to click on it to make it the original size. Then download it with the right click and print it with the Adjust to page button UNCHECKED. The size is fitted to the European DIN A4 sheet. Hope it works, it does for me.

  2. Cecily Mahoney says:

    Petra, I can’t download the pattern at all. It just gives me a new screen of the same discussion.

    1. Petra says:

      Thanks for letting me know, Cecily! Bug corrected, it works now. The link will transfer you to the pattern page. Thanks again!

  3. Kristy Ramsey says:

    Great mask! What are the measurements of the mask pattern? I want to be sure my printer is printing it right. Thank you!

    1. Petra says:

      Hi Kristy, I forgot to include the 1 inch/1 cm square! I updated the pattern, now you can see the squares there so when you print the pattern the squares should be 1 inch and 1 cm and that’s how you know the scale is correct.

  4. Kim Barr says:

    Is there a step by step instructions without the pictures?
    Thank you

    1. Petra says:

      Hi Kim,
      so far there’s just this tutorial I wrote on this kind of mask.

  5. Kristy says:

    Thank you, Petra!!!

    1. Petra says:

      Any time!

  6. Cindy says:

    These are great! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for modifying any of these with a “window” for use with hearing impaired who may rely on speechreading to communicate.

    1. Petra says:

      Hi Cindy, I’ve seen a few masks like that and if the time (and especially my children) allow it, I plan to make a tutorial on it, too. The problem with these masks is that to properly sterilize a mask you should not only wash it but especially put it in boiling water and the “window” material doesn’t handle this temperature very well. The best would be to wear transparent face shields like sign language interpreters do in the Czech Republic (also some doctors) – it would actually also be much more sanitary than face masks, but I’m afraid it’s not going to happen. Anyway, I plan on doing that tutorial, yes;-)

  7. Kerri Ellis says:

    Thank you so much for the great patterns and directions.

    1. Petra says:

      Thank you so much for visiting!

  8. Thank you so much for all of your time and effort in creating and sharing your patterns.

    1. Petra says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read what I write 😉

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