It’s back to school time, with masks for kids, in the midst of this global pandemic. Let’s leave the politics out of this and focus on keeping kids safe as they head back to the classrooms to learn. Why send them with boring masks, when you can make some with their favorite characters, patterns, and colors? One of my friends reached out for some masks for her daughter who is heading into kindergarten this year (Happy first year of school, Alexa!!). I couldn’t say no to making a kid size variation of the masks from last spring.
Kid Approved Fabrics
I had a ridiculous amount of fun fabric shopping. Stores like JoAnn’s have a lot of options for kid approved fabrics. They have a large selection of character prints (for personal use only) and a lot of fun prints. One of my favorites was the glittery space fabric. I absolutely will be making one with that fabric for myself. Check out your local quilt stores as well for cute, high quality fabrics. Additionally, Etsy also has a wide selection of more niche fabrics, though they do tend to be higher in price per yard.
Sizing for Masks for Kids
First of all, everything is cuter in miniature, right?!? Zero exceptions here! My mom is the source of my pattern and as I mentioned in the spring post, she’s made countless masks for family and friends in all sizes. I reached out to her for the ideal sizes for a 5 year old and she shared her table of sizes for kids/teens. As I get feedback on how these fit, I will update this chart.
Materials & Supplies
How to Sew Masks for Kids
- Fabric PrepAfter prewashing and ironing your fabric, cut the one of each per mask of Front, Backing, and Lining Interface per the chart above. Be sure to pay attention to any fabric directionality when doing this so your print isn’t sideways. I was making the Child’s Medium for a 5 year old so I cut:
Front: 8.75” width x 6.75” height
Backing: 6” width x 6.75” height
Interfacing: 6” width x 6.75” height
2. Fuse interfacing to lining per the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Right sides together, center the front fabric to the lining. Use pins or clips to hold the pieces in place.
4. Sew a straight stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance on the top and bottom. After that, turn right sides out and press.
5. Fold the top down, wrong sides together, to form the nose pleat. For the medium, I folded it down 3/4″ and clipped it place. Again, be mindful of your print direction. This will be the top of your mask.
6. Top stitch along the fold of the nose pleat and the bottom of the mask. For the nose pleat fold, try to stitch as close to the fold edge as possible. I used an 1/8″ seam and it seems too large, in my opinion.
7. Form the pleats: start by folding the mask in half, wrong sides together and press. After that, open it up and press the bottom edge to the middle crease you just made, and also the top fold edge to the middle crease.
8. Next, turn it right side up, and fold so the pressed creases are the bottom edges of the pleat folds. Press and clip the pleats in place.
9. Sew 1/4″ seams on each raw edge to lock the pleats in.
10. Fold in the raw edges to form casings for the elastic. I had to put my walking foot on to get through the thickness of the fold with the pleats. If you have a machine without enough clearance, this will help tremendously! Remember to backstitch on this seam.
Final Assembly: Elastic
11. Use a safety pin to thread your elastic through the casings and tie to make the ear loops.
Here’s the final mask, ready for school! I hope all your children have a safe and fun year of learning! Stay safe and healthy!