How to make a denim face mask with Joann tutorial

Given the Coronavirus emergency, I decided to buy back the sewing machine and experiment with various tutorials on how to make denim face mask.

Fabric face masks are easy to make and a joy to donate—and this quick tutorial will walk you through the DIY. Denim face mask isn’t a surgical mask, but in light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.

Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost, for example old jeans.

P.S. Denim face mask coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Why is CDC recommending cloth face coverings instead of medical grade face masks? Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders, as recommended by CDC guidance.

How to make a denim face mask with Joann tutorial


  • Body Fabric- Denim 10-12 oz  or 100% cotton fabric
  • Fabric Ties 2 yards – Use 1/2″ double fold bias tape, 3/8” Twill Tape, 3/8” Grosgrain ribbon or make your own using knit or woven fabric
  • Lightweight, nonwoven fusible interfacing
  • Pattern template (download PDF under print description above)
  • Basic Sewing Supplies


  1. Download the pattern by clicking “download PDF” below Print Description on the right.
  2. Cut four of pattern out of denim (cut 2 together, twice) Apply interfacing to wrong side of denim pieces.
  3. Cut fabric ties to about 18” each.
  4. To make your own woven fabric ties, cut strips 1 1/2″ X 36” long. Fold strip in half long ways and press. Fold raw edges in toward center fold and press again. Stitch down the side to close tie. Cut to 18” length and finish one side by folding twice about 1/4″ and stitching to secure.
  5. To make your own knit fabric ties, cut strips of knit fabric 1 1/2″ wide. Stretch strips out until knit fabric rolls. Trim down to 18” lengths.
  6. Match two pieces of denim right sides together, and sew the outer curve using 3/8” seam allowance. Repeat with remaining two pieces. 
  7. Open pieces and press both seam allowances to the right.
  8. Top stitch down the seam allowance, about 1/4” from the seam.
  9. Lay one half of the mask down with the right side facing up. Pin raw ends of fabric ties in each corner, placing them 1/2″ up/down from the top and bottom edges. Finished tie ends should extend toward the middle of the mask. Once ties are pinned in place, bundle the tie ends together in the center of the mask.
  10. Match front and back pieces right sides together, nesting center front seams.
  11. Pin and sew around the exterior of the mask, leaving a small opening at the bottom of the mask between the center front seam and corner.
  12. Clip across corners, taking care not to cut through the stitching.
  13. Turn mask right side out and press.
  14. Top stitch around the mask, closing the hole at the bottom in the process.

Please read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions for all tools and materials used. Provide adult supervision if children participate in this project. Masks are not intended for hospital or medical use and are not OSHA certified. Please follow CDC guidelines for use of masks.

You may also be interested in the blog post 8 good habits to boost your Immune System.

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