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How to Sew a Face Mask with Adjustable Elastic Ear Loops


face mask pattern adjustable ties

I’m so excited to make a new batch of face masks that have adjustable ear loops! The masks that I sewed 6-9 months ago really need replacing and this time I was able to find the perfect ear loops with an adjuster that are soft and comfortable, plus they ensure a good fit. I changed the template that I used for cutting out my face mask fabric (to account for sewn-in ties), so I’m sharing a new template with you that includes 5 different sizes from child small all the way up to adult extra large.

This easy sewing tutorial also includes a video with tips and tricks so even if you’ve never sewn face masks before, your first one will turn out perfect, I promise! The video should start automatically in the video player within this post, but if it doesn’t, you can find it on my YouTube channel here.

This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The blog post below contains everything you need (including the free template) and is totally free to read, print, and sew! Just hit CTRL +P on your computer to print. The Optimized for Printing PDF download for $2 is totally optional.

These new face masks are shaped very similarly to the Olson Mask Pattern that was previously my favorite. I needed to change the design to account for shorter sides (no elastic casing) plus I added 4 extra sizes.

I gathered some new information about cloth masks from the CDC website. It says:

Multi-layer cloth masks can both block up to 50-70% of these fine droplets and particles and limit the forward spread of those that are not captured. Upwards of 80% blockage has been achieved in human experiments that have measured blocking of all respiratory droplets, with cloth masks in some studies performing on par with surgical masks as barriers for source control.

These masks have 2 layers of fabric, but of course you can use more layers than that if you would like better protection.

After you are vaccinated, you can sew a pretty Vaccination Card Holder Wallet to keep your record in.

Click here to download the free SewCanShe Face Mask Templates

The free template includes the following sizes:

  • child small (for ages 2-5)

  • child large (for ages 6-10)

  • adult medium (great for tweens, teens, and women)

  • adult large (for women who want a more generous fit plus men)

  • adult extra large (for men who want a more generous fit)

To sew a face mask with my template, you’ll need:

  • about 1/8 yard tightly woven cotton fabric (or other fabric of your choice)

  • 2 adjustable ear loops



Cut out the free template along the line for your desired size.

Use the template to cut 2 mask exterior pieces (1 reversed) and 2 lining pieces (1 reversed).

The easiest way to do this is to fold your fabric in 2 layers right sides together, pin the template on top, and cut out both layers at once. Then repeat for the remaining set.



1. Place the two mask exterior pieces right sides together and pin if desired. Sew the curved edge with a 1/4’’ seam allowance.

Sew the two lining pieces together along the curved edge in the same way.

2. Sew the ends of the ear loops to the mask exterior piece at the sides.

The ends of the loops should be 1/4’’ away from the corners as seen above.

Tip: watch my video above or on YouTube for a different speed method for sewing on elastics!

3. Place the mask lining piece on top, right sides together and pin around the edges.

Tip: make sure that the top edges of the mask are lined up – and one is not upside down! 🙂

4. Sew all the way around the mask with a 1/4’’ seam allowance, leaving a 2’’ opening along the bottom edge on one side for turning it right side out.

5. Trim a little bit away from each corner to reduce bulk, without cutting the stitches.


6. Turn the face mask right side out through the opening and press gently. Turn the edges at the opening to the inside and press.

7. Topstitch all the way around 1/8’’ from the edge for a nice professional look (and to close the opening at the same time).


Enjoy and stay safe!

I’m adding this tutorial to my list of the 5 Best Easy and Free Face Mask Patterns. Let me know which one is your favorite!



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  1. Patricia Pfeiffer says:

    The adjustable ear pieces look like a great idea, but where doyougetthemor how do you make them? They seem to be the most important feature of this mask,but you don’t say much about them.

  2. when I print the pattern on an iPad or Mac I find it prints too small – the inch guide is more like 7/8 " using the outside edges when measuring.

    1. I that case I would cut out the pieces with about 1/4” extra fabric around all sides. It will work out! 🙂

  3. Darlene Hawkey-Cruikshank says:


    I bought the precut elastics, but I wasn’t sure how to use them. Then this pattern popped up. I saved it and used it, but I modified it. So, I thought I would share this with you. I printed 3 copies and cut the back patterns to make a pocket for a filter like the Olson mask. I made 2 to send to my daughter in CA (I live in WI) and she really liked it. I also took your advise and bought more of the cut elastic with the bead to adjust it on Amazon. the colors are really nice. If this is something you would like to share on blog, please feel free. You give so much so I thought I would share with you this time. Thanks sew much.


  4. Becky Goodroe says:

    I been doing them kind of masks for 6 month I now made more sizes small youth, youth, junior, teen, teen plus, adult, adult small, adult medium, adult large and xlarge

  5. Christina says:

    Love, love, love your patterns! Your videos make the projects so simple to follow. I know this must take a lot of time to break down each part with written steps, pictures, and videos, and I appreciate you going that extra mile to make sewing simple and fun! 🙂

  6. Leann Lewington says:

    Thank you Caroline, this Face Mask is just sew easy to sew !!! I have now made 94 of these and I think I have a bit of material left, to get to 100. Thanks heaps, Leann L.

  7. thank you so much for this pattern and the easy to follow tutorial

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