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How to Sew a Face Mask Tutorial and Patterns and Hand Sanitizer Recipe

 Sewing a face mask

Dear Good's Store customers,

At Good's Store, we are paying close attention to the COVID-19 pandemic and complying with all state laws. As you know, the stituation is changing daily.

In response to the current public health crisis, we are offering you these resources for educational purposes. This is not medical advice and the resources have not been evaluated by the CDC or FDA.  Nor should they be considered replacements for things approved by the CDC for preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Please stay safe, and stay well!

Fabric Mask Pattern (from WellSpan Health)

This face mask pattern was approved by WellSpan Health and this tutorial was created by Good's Store. This for a face mask that has a filter pocket. Do not insert any fabric for a filter. WellSpan will supply their own.

 Download the pdf here.

Supplies for making face masks

Step 1:

Using 100% cotton fabric, cut a 9” x 12” rectangle.

For straps you can either use 1/4” elastic (cut two- 7” pieces), or cloth ties. (You will need four- 15.5" pieces. You can use bias tape or make your own fabric ties.) You will also need a twist tie or pipe cleaner. (I cut my pipe cleaner with a wire cutter).

Face mask sewing step 1

Step 2:

Sew a ¼” hem along both of your 9” sides. You can use a zigzag stitch to reduce fraying. Then along the 12” sides, measure and mark 3” in from each corner (on the face side of your fabric). Use these marks to position and pin your elastic or cloth ties. If you are using elastic, attach it in a loop as pictured. If you are using ties, attach one piece at each mark.

Sewing facemask

Step 3:

To form a pocket in your mask fold in 2½” on either side. (The face side of your fabric should be on the inside.)


Completed step

Sew along these sides making sure to back stitch over your elastic or ties to secure them.

Sewing face mask

Inside out

Ironing face mask

Now turn your mask right side out and iron it, being careful not to touch your elastic with the iron as it can melt.

 Stitching around pipe cleaner

 Sewing face mask

Step 4:

Now insert and center your twist tie or pipe cleaner inside the fold on one side of your mask. Stitch around it to hold it in place.


Making face mask

Step 5:

Create 3 evenly-spaced ½” deep pleats on both sides. Pin the folds in place, and top stitch along the sides making sure all your pleats are facing the same direction.

Finished handmade facemask

Your face mask is now complete!

Person wearing face mask

Pack your finished masks in a gallon ziplock bag: 20 masks per bag

WellSpan Donation Drop-Off Locations:

501 Alexander Dr.
Ephrata, PA 17522
Hours- 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

711 S. Eighth St.
Lebanon, PA 17042
Hours- 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

1660 Orchard Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Hours- 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

450 S. Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Hours- 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WellSpan Health and Surgery Center
1227 Baltimore St., Hanover, PA 17331
Hours- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

601 Memory Lane
York, PA 17402
Hours- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Masks can also be dropped at these locations:

Conestoga Mennonite Church
2779 Main Street
Morgantown,PA 19543
Hour: Tuesday–Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phone: 610-286-9124

Good’s Store- East Earl
1338 Main Street
East Earl, PA 17519

Good’s Store- Quarryville
333 West 4th Street
Quarryville, PA 17566

Good’s Store- Schaefferstown
2499 Stiegel Pike
Schaefferstown, PA 17088

Good’s Store- Ephrata
1686 Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522

Notice: If you are donating masks to any of these drop-off locations, your mask must be made according to the above specs.

If you run out of elastic, check out this pdf for instructions on how to make ties for your mask.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe

1. 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)

2. 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)

3. 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead. 

Combine ingredients.


DIY Face Masks Being Collected by CAM

There are also face masks are being collected by Christian Aid Ministries. Please read the instructions carefully for when and where the masks are needed. Download the PDF here.

As a resource, we have included other face mask options. 

100% cotton or a cotton blend is the best choice. If you are making masks for an organization, please check what the organization is requesting.

If elastic is unavailable, try adding ties to your mask instead.

Mask Pattern I: Making a Three Pleat Face Mask

View and download a PDF pattern for making a Three-Pleat face mask here.


Mask Pattern II: Making a 3-D Face Mask

View and download a PDF pattern for making a 3-D face mask here.


Mask Pattern III: The Mask Effort: Covid-19 Mask

View and download the instructions here.


Mask Pattern IV: From the Michigan Health Alliance

View and download pattern and instructions here.


Making a 4-ply Face Mask Tutorial

The tutorial that was previously on this page can be found at: 

 Printable PDF version here.


  • Thanks for this wonderful explanation. I would love to make 2 layer cotton face mask at home. Cotton fabric is breathable and can easily wear all day.

    2 Layer Cotton Face Masks

    Christina J. Banks
  • I had craft pipe cleaners that worked very well when doubled. I had an 8" square of cotton on the outside and flannel on the inside against the face just to make it softer in making one with a pocket for a ventilator.

    Trudy Skibbe
  • Wire edged ribbon can work as the nose piece. See more information here on making face masks.
    This site below also is extremely helpful in understanding how well homemade masks work as opposed to regular surgical masks and also which materials are best…

  • Thank you for the tutorial. I am assuming you would want to use cotton fabric for these? I think all I have is canvas right now on hand

    Tracy Root
  • I would try a pipe cleaner… they have a little more bending staying power than a bread tie.

    Robert S

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