How to Make Your Own Washable and Reusable Masks with Pocket for Filter

Iloilo City, Iloilo – As the supply for masks run low, people are starting to worry where to find one as personal protection while the city and province is placed on an enhanced community quarantine.

JCI Iloilo Ilang Ilang, in partnership of Binky Pitogo and friends came up with a guide on how to make your own masks.

Make Your Own Mask

Time to start a family project or a virtual project with friends! Let us make masks for ourselves and for our loved ones too. Let’s sew the boredom away!

The Inner and Outer Pattern

Inner Layer

Outer LayerMaterials Needed and Steps

1. Fabrics

2. Garter

3. Thread

4. Scissors

5. Sewing Machine (or you can use your hand)

Materials Needed

Step 1. Cut two sets of pattern for the mask. One pair for the outer layer and one pair for the inner layer. The inner layer should have additionals 1/2 inch allowance for the pocket folds.

Step 2. Sew together the two front layers with its 1/2 inch allowance.


Step 3. Separately sew on the opposite edges of the inner layer.

Step 4. Put together the two patterns for the inner layer leaving a two-inch gap to serve as pocket slits.

Step 5. Put the outer and inner layer together from the wrong side.

Step 6. Turn the mask to the right side and run a stitch around the top part of the mask.

Steps Final

Step 7. Cut two lengths of garters at 6 and 1/2 inch each.

Step 8. Run a stitch through each garter to make a loop.

Step 9. Sew the garters on both ends.

Step 10. Make adjustments as needed.

If you want to download a template for the pattern, JCI Iloilo Ilang Ilang have one that’s ready for printing.


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