If you live in a hot and humid climate (like me!) then you know how stifling it is to wear a face mask. This face mask for hot weather is based on the Singapore government-issued face mask. It has a single dart for shaping around the nose. The mask efficiently covers just the nose and mouth – no more, no less.
The great thing about this design is that it is super easy to make! It only comprises two pieces of fabric, plus elastic, and takes less than 30 minutes to sew.
- Cotton or lightweight fabric that is washable and breathable
- Thread the same colour as your material, or use a contrasting colour for extra flair
- 34cm or 13.5 inches of elastic (cut in half). You can also re-use elastic bands from disposable face masks
Face Mask for Hot Weather Pattern
If you are printing the pattern on a home or office printer, set the print scale to 100% in settings. Do not select “scale to fit” as this will warp the design. Likewise, if you are taking your file to a print shop let them know you want it printed at 100% scale.
Check that your pattern printed correctly by comparing the cm and inch scales at the top of the page to a ruler or tape measure.
Alternatively, you can trace the pattern onto tissue paper directly from your laptop or computer screen.
Watch the video tutorial or keep scrolling for written instructions.
Cut the fabric
Pin your face mask pattern onto a folded piece of fabric and cut so you have two copies. Mark the top of the dart with notches or pins.
Create the dart
For both pieces, fold the fabric at the top so the dart notches (or pins) meet. Mark the dart point with a pin. Sew from the notch to the dart point thereby creating a triangle. Watch the video tutorial at 2:21 for the section on darts.
You can backstitch at the top of the dart (i.e. where you made the notches). However, do not backstitch at the fine point of the dart. It is better to tie the loose thread together with your fingers and snip.
Finally, push the dart to the right side on both pieces and iron flat.
Sew top and bottom seams
With right sides of the fabric facing together and wrong sides facing outwards, pin the pattern pieces together. Sew along the top and bottom curves using a 1cm or 3/8 of an inch seam allowance. Leave the side flaps open.
Clip and grade the seams
Trim the seam allowance down to .6cm or 1/4 of an inch. This reduces bulkiness at the seams. Grade by making small cuts along the curves so the fabric sits flat. Be careful not to cut through thread! Watch the video tutorial at 5:42 for the section on grading.
Flip and iron
Flip the mask out so the right side of the fabric is now showing. Iron flat. You can use scissors, or another pointy object, to push the seams right out when ironing in order to achieve a crisp finish.
Add ear bands and topstitch
Measure and cut your elastic for the ear bands. Each ear band should be around 17cm or 6.7 inches in length. A thin or softer elastic is more comfortable to wear. You can also re-use ear bands from disposable paper face masks as well as hair ties or pieces of stocking in place of elastic.
Push in the ends of your face mask to tidy the edges by around 1cm or 3/8 of an inch and iron flat. Insert the edges of your ear bands and pin.
Topstitch by sewing 2mm or a scant 1/8 of an inch around the perimeter of the entire face mask. This will secure the ear bands.
If you are using a contrasting or brightly coloured thread, the topstitching will also serve as a design feature.
Your face mask for hot weather is now ready to wear! This face mask design is not too big and not too small. It appropriately covers just your nose and mouth.