DIY: Face Mask #5 Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps by OMG! Heart

This is a 3-Layer Mask with Adjustable Straps that uses Lightweight Cotton Muslin. This design is based on the Vera Wang Pleated Mask pattern as previously posted here with a tutorial. I liked the design and construction of the Vera Wang version but I didn’t like the fit. So I modified it to suit my needs. I have added adjustable straps and converted the pattern to a 3-Layer Mask.

Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps by OMG! Heart

Original Mask Pattern by Vera Wang. Loop + Strap Adjustable Strap Design by OMG! Heart. Strap design is free for publication or commercial use as long as it includes a credit to OmgHeart.com.

Pleated Fask Mask with Adjustable Straps by Omgheart.com Pleated Fask Mask with Adjustable Straps by Omgheart.com Pleated Fask Mask with Adjustable Straps by Omgheart.com

Materials
Lightweight Cotton Muslin, 100% Cotton (3 8×8″ Squares)
1/4″-Wide Elastic Tape (2 10.5″ each)
Wire Tape (7″ optional)
Thread

Finished Size
Adult One Size
7.5″ x 3.75″, Pleated

Instructions

1. Cut
Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

Cut 3 Squares 8″ x 8″ (fabric)
Cut 2 Elastics 10.5″ (for straps + loops)

2. Stack and Sew
Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

Stack squares and sew beginning at bottom right corner and ending at top right corner.

Beginning at right edge, 2″ from bottom right corner, sew down until 1/4″ from edge. Pivot fabric.

Place first loop- Open top flap, place elastic loop between fabric. Align cut edge of elastic flush against fabric (right raw edge) and top seam. Backstitch in place. Continue sewing down to 1″ from edge of fabric.

Place first strap- Open top flap, place elastic strap between fabric. Align cut edge of elastic flush against fabric (right raw edge). Make sure elastic is 1/4″ from bottom raw edge. Backstitch in place. Pivot fabric.

Sew down to 1/4″ from next edge. Pivot.

Place second strap- Open top flap, place elastic strap between fabric. Align cut edge of elastic flush against fabric (right raw edge). Backstitch in place. Continue sewing down to 1″ from edge of fabric.

Place second loop- Open top flap, place elastic loop between fabric. Align cut edge of elastic flush against fabric (right raw edge). Make sure elastic is 1/4″ from bottom raw edge. Backstitch in place. Pivot.

Sew down about 2″. Stop sewing here. Backstitch. This leaves an unsewn gap (approx. 4″) to turn inside out.

*Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

3. Turn Inside Out
Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

Turn inside out using gap. This should reveal the elastic straps and loops.
Before turning inside out, press back and fold unsewn seam, if desired.

4. Mark Pleats
Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps
With straps oriented at top and loops oriented at bottom, mark pleats along edges with elastic (left + right edges). 1 1/4-inch pleat, 3/4-inch gap. Mark 3 pleats.

5. Topstitch
Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

With mask oriented as above, begin stitching in top left corner. Backstitch. I use a very slim seam allowance. Reinforce pleats with darts, if desired. Done!

Pleated Fask Mask with Adjustable Straps by Omgheart.com

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