Now that masks are becoming a part of everyday life, I’ve been making a few different styles. I’m trying to find the most comfortable way to make them! This 3D mask template will make a protective face mask that doesn’t sit right on your face for more comfort and breathability.
If you are also looking for more face mask options, try this one! The 3d mask pattern is free to download below and comes in 5 sizes for kids and adults.
This style is a folded style, kind of like an origami mask or a Japanese mask style. Since the mask pops up it sits off your face a little bit which gives you some room to breathe.
The 3D mask template included in this post is a free, printable download.
These have been my kids’ favorite masks to wear which is great! I don’t anticipate them adjusting the masks as much as the others and the elastic I used doesn’t bother them!
Plus you can make them in super cute patterns! The flat front of the 3D mask style makes a perfect place to show off cute fabric.
Not only do these homemade 3D face masks look cool, but they are also super fun to sew!
I love how tiny they fold up – so great to stash in a purse or backpack.
This mask may look a little complicated, but I will walk you through the steps to sew a homemade 3D mask easily and quickly!
3D Face Mask Elastic Options
First, let’s talk about elastic! The type of elastic you choose matters as different elastics make a big difference in terms of comfort! Since the 3D Mask Template creates a very comfortable mask, you want to choose equally nice elastic to make the whole mask easy to wear.
- I recommend this super soft elastic in either 1/8″ or 1/4″ width (affiliate links)
- I’m using 1/4″ for this tutorial
- Basic sewing elastic can be found at most craft stores
- Bead elastic is very thin and comfortable – use 1-2mm
3D Mask Template Materials
- 100% cotton fabric
- highly quality quilting cotton is recommended for best protection
- Elastic choice, see above for options
- Filter material
- Nose pieces, optional
Print the 3D mask pattern
Click the button below to download the face mask pattern, free for email subscribers! Put your email in the field and you’ll be taken to the download page. If you are already subscribed, just put in your email again and you will be taken to the download page. If you use the same email address, you won’t get two emails!
If you are having trouble downloading the pattern, join the See Kate Sew Facebook Group and click on FILES.
- Toddler, ages 3-5
- Little Kid, ages 4-7
- Big Kid, ages 8-11
- Adult S, teen/adult
- Adult M, adult
Choose your size based on your age group. If you know you have a smaller or larger face, feel free to size up or down accordingly. Size can also be adjusted in the length of the ear loops.
Need more sizes? The new extended sizes pattern includes Adult L and Adult XL.
Print the 3D mask template pattern at 100% or DO NOT SCALE. The 3d mask template prints out on two pages. Trim the right edge of the first page and overlap it with the second page if you are making one of the larger sizes.
Elastic Lengths for face masks with ear loops
I recommend trying the mask on before tying off the elastic so you have time to adjust the elastic length if needed. Here are some average elastic lengths for masks to start with. Adjust while trying the mask on. Tie a knot where desired and cut off extra elastic.
- Toddler, ages 3-5 – cut 2 pieces 6-7″ long
- Little Kid, ages 5-7 – cut 2 pieces 7-8″ long
- Big Kid, ages 8-11 – cut 2 pieces 8″ long
- Adult S, teen/adult – cut 2 pieces 9″ long
- Adult M – cut 2 pieces 9″ long
- Adult L – cut 2 pieces 9″ long
- Adult XL – cut 2 pieces 9″ long
Mask adjustments for hard of hearing or ear differences
If you or the intended wearer has an ear difference, like a missing ear, small ears, low or high ears, or wears hearing aids, ear loops may be not be the best option. You can use this same pattern, but create elastic to go around-the-head instead of the ears. Simply cut a piece of elastic long enough to go from one side of the mask and around your head to the other side. Instead of connecting the loop on the same side of the mask to wrap around the ear, around-the-head elastic will connect at the top of the mask to the top of the mask. The other piece will go around the bottom of the mask, around the head/neck to the other side bottom. See an around-the-head mask in this post.
This could be a better option for fidgety children, too!
DIY 3D Mask Sewing Pattern Instructions
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
I will show you how to sew a 3D Face Mask without a filter pocket first. If you want to add a filter pocket, scroll down and see how to do that! It’s a simple step at the beginning of the process.
Click link below for a printable PDF of these instructions.
Cut out 2 layers of fabric.
Pin layers together with right sides together. Pin.
Sew along the top and bottom of the mask fabric, leaving the sides open.
Clip the corners to reduce bulk.
Turn right side out through one of the side openings.
Push out corners and press.
Optional: topstitch along top and bottom edges.
At this point you can add a NOSE piece or wire to the mask. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how to do this. A nose piece is not essential for this mask since it fits nicely over the nose, but it can add some extra shaping.
Use pattern piece fold and press top and bottom edges.
Center your fabric on the pattern piece and find the fold lines that coordinate with your side.
Topstitch along the folds, 1/8″ from the folded edges. Do this on both sides.
If you open the mask, it will look like this:
Press well again.
Fold side edge under 3/8″ TWICE and press well. This will create the casing for the elastic.
To avoid having to thread elastic through later, tuck the elastic in the corner of the fold and pin over it.
Sew along the edge and backstitch. Be sure you don’t catch the elastic in your stitching.
Tie elastic ends together. Repeat on the other side.
To create the 3D folds, fold the angled edge of the flap up and pin next to the casing.
Repeat on the other side.
Sew. Stitch back and forth over the pleat a few times to be sure it stays in place.
Repeat on the other side and you’re done!
Add a filter to the 3D mask
To add a filter pocket to the 3D mask, cut 1 filter pocket piece on a fold of your fabric.
Fold and press under 1/4″ TWICE on both long sides of the fabric. Sew.
Press in half with wrong sides facing. Pin at the top of one of your mask pieces.
Pin at the bottom as well. The filter pocket is shorter than the mask height so you will have to reposition the fabric in order to do this.
Place the second mask piece over the filter pocket and pin. Sew along the top and bottom edges, just like in the steps above.
Turn right side out and press. Now you have a filter pocket on the inside of your mask. Complete the mask as shown in the steps above, moving the filter pocket out of the way as you sew the main mask pieces.
When your mask is finished, tuck the filter pocket into the mask. You can replace the filters easily with this method and the pocket also creates a more protective barrier.
3D Mask with Nose Wire
To add a nose wire strip to the 3D mask, follow these instructions! I am using these Aluminum Strips from Amazon (affiliate) but you can also use a pipe cleaner as shown in this post. I prefer the aluminum strips because they are a stronger metal and so easy to insert!
Place your wire strip at the top of the mask, after you have pressed and topstitched the top and bottom.
You can mark where the strip will lay with a chalk pen or fabric marker. Then sew a casing around it. You will want to anchor the strip with stitching on both sides, but only sew one at first.
Slip the aluminum nose wire in through the opening at the side seam.
Push it into the mask casing.
Then finish sewing the casing. Make sure to backstitch a few times at the anchor points. Do not sew over the metal!
Then finish the face mask as shown in the original instructions! If you are doing a filter pocket, you can move the pocket out of the way to complete the casing.
More Face Masks to Make
Here are a few more free mask patterns plus tips and tricks for customizing your face mask!
- The basic child mask is easy to sew and comfortable to wear
- See how to use pipe cleaners as a nose wire
- These masks don’t contain elastic which is best for sanitizing at high heat
- Best masks for grocery store runs – 3 versions
- Surgical Cap or Scrub Cap Tutorial and Pattern
- Tips for making lots of masks faster!
- Printable ‘Take a Mask’ Download for delivery drivers