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How to Make a Face Mask!

It’s fun and easy to make a face mask for yourself, your child, or someone you love! Follow along with the steps below and show off your mask with the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

Gather These Materials

  • Cotton fabric
  • Rope elastics
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Ruler or measuring tape

Follow These Instructions

  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end.
  • Put the right sides of the fabric together.
  • Cut out 9″ x 6″ for adult and 7.5″ x 5″ for child.
  • Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, then stop.
  • Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold.
  • Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner. Sew a few stitches forward and back.
  • Sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Put an elastic with the edge out.
  • Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  • Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop and cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  • Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  • Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy. 

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