Make your own face mask holder so you don’t lose your mask! This strap has clips on the end to clip to your mask so it can hang on your neck like a lanyard when you aren’t using it!
These are great for back-to-school or even just running errands.
Plus you can use a cute fabric to make your mask even more fun!
This mask is easy to adjust – just make it longer, shorter or even thicker to fit your mask preference.
The clips will prevent the face mask from falling to the floor if it happens to slip off.
These homemade fabric lanyards only require a tiny bit of fabric, so you probably have enough on hand already!
Let’s get sewing!
Face Mask Holder Materials
- 1/4 yard cotton*
- 2 lobster clasps (affiliate links) – I love little ones that are 3/8″ or 1/2″
*Sub for 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon if you prefer a quicker method!
How to Make a Mask Strap
Cut a strip of fabric 2″ wide by 24″ long. Depending on your type of mask and preferences you may want to make the strap longer or shorter.
For kids, cut the fabric 2″ wide by 20″ long. Again, depending on your type of mask and preferences you may want to make the strap longer or shorter. Comfort is key for kids!
Fold under 1/2″ on the long sides and press the raw edges into the center of the fabric.
Fold in half again and press.
Topstitch along both sides of the lanyard strap.
Stitch 1/8″ from the edges.
Thread clasp onto strap. Fold under 1/2″ twice.
Stitch fabric in place and backstitch to hold clasp. Repeat on the other side.
Now clip it to your mask and you’re ready to go!
Choose to match the colors in your mask or pick a fun contrast!
Make a Mask Strap with Ribbon – Super Fast Method
Instead of using fabric, you can make this project with grosgrain ribbon. Fabric will hold up through the washing machine better, but if you don’t plan on washing the face mask strap, you can whip up a lot of lanyards with ribbon. This could be a good method if you are making a lot for a school class or other organization.
I used 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon for this. I prefer grosgrain because it is a thicker ribbon that doesn’t fray too much.
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- Surgical Cap or Scrub Cap Tutorial and Pattern
- Tips for making lots of masks faster!
- Printable ‘Take a Mask’ Download for delivery drivers
cheryl a davis
thank you for your pattern and tutorials.
This is such a great idea! My father has Alzheimer’s and is forever losing his masks. He and my mom live in a senior living facility and are required to wear masks and My 91 year-old mom can’t find his lost masks. I am so happy to discover your solution-mom will be happy too. Thank you sooo much for your solution and awesome instructions!
Lanyards are a great idea for kids! Thank you.
Is there away to make it a break away lanyard for safety reasons ?
I was thinking of trying these with little pieces of velcro for my kids. I know there are actual safety breakaway clasps out there, but an alternative could be a small piece of velcro instead of the lobster clasps. The velcro may be enough to hold it with normal use, but I think would come off with a harder pull.
This is so cute and awesome!! SO fast to make. Longest part was ironing to make it right! Thank you for sharing. Made one, and gave it to mom for her trip this week so she doesn’t have to worry about where her mask is.
I love the idea for the straps for the masks! And the instructions are simple enough. I have made a crocheted strap with a 1″ button on each end so you can put the ear elastic around the button and save your ears. I saw a nurse wear one so came home and made a dozen in one afternoon.