How To Make A Fabric Mask Band

My finished fabric mask band
Fabric Mask Band

During this pandemic, many of us that quilt or have sewing skills have started using these skills for making fabric masks for health-workers and people in our community.

As we learn to navigate better ways of making our masks with the materials we have available, it has been brought to our attention that people who must wear a mask all day for work are finding the elastic rubs and hurts the ears.

I am so thankful for all the people that have provided patterns and tutorials on how to make our masks. (If you need a face mask tutorial Jenny Down of Missouri Star Quilt Company has a great video.  Now I am seeing patterns and tutorials for headbands with buttons on them.  But most of our men probably do not want to wear a headband.

So I ran across a picture of a fabric mask band  . . .

I couldn’t find a pattern or tutorial for it, so I decided to try my hand at making a face mask head band.  This band is much easier to make than the headbands, takes less material and can be worn by men and women.

If you would like a PDF file, please contact me and I would be happy to send one to you.

Band fabric
Two pieces of fabric for making band.

Cut yourself a 3 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle.  This size can be adjusted should you find you need larger or smaller.

Fabric mask band folding example
Example of folding fabric for band

Fold your fabric in half and press.

Process to make fabric mask band
The first fold in making the band

Take each edge and fold towards center.  Then press seams.

fabric folded
Example of fabric folded

Your piece should look like the bottom piece of fabric.

Folded fabric
Folding fabric to make band

(This process is much like making a binding.)

Fold your piece in half again and press.  Now go over to your machine.

Open your piece and fold down the edge about a 1/4″ and sew it down.  Do the other edge the same way.

Your piece will look like this when done.  Now fold it in half again.

sewing the face mask band
Sew all around the edge of your fabric.  To finish things off, find two buttons to sew onto the band.  Have some fun with it and try to find colorful button to match your fabric.

Now sew all around the edge of your fabric.  Sew on a button to each end of your fabric.  Make sure the button is big enough to hold the elastic.

Completed face mask band
A finished face mask band

The way that this is sewn should make it stand up to several washings

My example for making a face mask band
(Not my picture) Picture of a band

This is not my picture and it is the one I saw posted in a Facebook group. It really shows how the band is placed and used with the mask.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful and it provides a more comfortable way for your mask wearers to wear their masks.  Be sure to check my post on making face masks with the AccuQuilt tumbler.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.


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4 thoughts on “How To Make A Fabric Mask Band

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  3. Linda Watkins

    I would love to have a pattern for this band extender. My email address is l.watkins8@charter.net.

  4. JulieBee

    This is such a thorough tutorial for making these bands! I would love to have the pattern, please. Thank you, Cyndi.

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