Non-Pleated Face Mask With Filter Pocket

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Non-Pleated Face Mask - women's over the ear mask made with pink fabric with cherry motifThe most recent orders from our governor include wearing masks when in public so I decided to make a set of masks for my family. I found a free pattern online for a non-pleated mask with filter pocket.



Editor's Note: If you are attempting this project for the first time please note that the original mask pattern has been slightly revised, version #3. You will note that the seam allowances are now set at 3/8ths inches rather than 1/4". The designer has also added an additional fabric allowance on the tab for the mask to accommodate wider elastic or ties. The steps are essentially the same as those published here.


  1. Download, print, and cut out the template in the size you need. This version has a main piece and a liner piece.
  2. Non-Pleated Face Mask - printed pattern cut out
  3. Fold your fabric, wrong sides together, then pin the main pattern piece to the fabric. Repeat for the liner pattern piece. You should now have 2 pieces for the main layer and 2 pieces for the liner layer.
  4. Non-Pleated Face Mask - pattern pinned to main fabric and cut out
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - pattern lying next to the two pieces from main fabric
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - pin lining pattern to fabric

  5. For the main layer, pin the fabric pieces right sides together. Then sew along the curved edge using a 1/4" seam. Remove pins and tie off thread. Repeat for the liner layer.
  6. Non-Pleated Face Mask - pin curved edge of main fabric together right sides together
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - sew a 1/4 inch seam
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - pins removed, tie and trim thread, repeat with lining
  7. Clip along the curve every 1/2", making sure to not cut through the seam.
  8. Non-Pleated Face Mask - clip curve at 1/2 inch intervals, repeat with lining
  9. Press the seam to one side and top stitch. Do this for both the main and liner layers.
  10. Non-Pleated Face Mask - press seam to one side on both main and lining assemblies and top stitch
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - topstitching on lining
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - both pieces done

  11. For the liner layer, fold the side in 1/4", then fold over again and press. Now sew in place with a 1/8" seam. Repeat on the other end.
  12. Non-Pleated Face Mask - fold in 1/4" on the straight side of the liner, fold in again and press, repeat on other end
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - second fold
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - stitch on machine
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - tie threads and snip
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - view of the liner with ends sewn
  13. Place the liner layer onto the main layer, right sides together. Pin along top edge and sew with 1/4" seam. Then pin and sew the bottom edge with a 1/4" seam. Tie off thread ends.
  14. Non-Pleated Face Mask - pin the liner piece to the main piece with right side together
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - sew a 1/4" seam
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - seam sewn  and pins still in place
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - pulled back photo of this step completed
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - tie threads and cut
  15. Clip top curved edge. Turn mask right side out and press seams flat.
  16. Non-Pleated Face Mask - clip curved seam allowance
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - turn right side out and press seams flat

  17. Clip the edges of the main layer where it is sewn to the liner layer, as shown below. Fold it under 1/8" and then fold again. Pin in place and topstitch from one end to the other, repeating on the bottom edge.
  18. Non-Pleated Face Mask - clip edge of main piece next to edge of liner as shown
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - fold in 1/8" and then fold again and pin
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - pins in main end tab and across the top of the mask, topstitch
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - repeat on the other side
  19. Fold the end of the main layer over 1/4" and press. Then fold the end over to the edge of the liner layer. Pin in place and sew with 1/8" seam. This creates the little pockets for the elastic. Repeat on the other side.
  20. Non-Pleated Face Mask - fold in end of main piece 1/4"
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - fold again to rest right up against the liner and pin
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - sew along the folded main piece 1/8" seam, this creates the channel for the elastic
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - repeat on the other side
  21. Insert elastic and tie. Try on the mask and make sure the elastic holds it tightly to your face, adjusting if necessary. Then gently pull it so that the knots go inside of the mask pocket.
  22. Non-Pleated Face Mask - insert elastic
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - repeat on other end, check fit
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - slide elastic so that the end is inside the channel
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - mask worn with elastic over the ears

  23. Filter Pocket: This mask has an optional filter pocket. One option is to insert a folded coffee filter into the pocket.
  24. Non-Pleated Face Mask - pocket for the filter
  25. You can also opt to use a long, continuous piece of elastic so that it goes around your neck and head. This is a good option if you find that the other hurts your ears. Make sure to try it on and adjust the length of the elastic so that the mask is held tightly against your face. Then pull the elastic until the knot is hidden in one of the pockets.
  26. Non-Pleated Face Mask - alternative elastic using one long piece, pulling through the channel
    Non-Pleated Face Mask -elastic pulled through both channels, ends still loose, check fit and tie as before
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - mask with long elastic above ear and behind the neck
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - finished mask with continuous elastic
  27. The pattern I chose also had 2 different sizes for children. For my son's mask I decided to use 2 different coordinating fabrics for the outer layer which turned out really cute!
  28. Non-Pleated Face Mask -child's version
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - child's mask from the side
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - Snoopy themed child's mask

  29. The pattern also offered patterns for teens/women and adult men. Here is the one I made for my husband to wear at work.
  30. Non-Pleated Face Mask - adult man's mask on model
    Non-Pleated Face Mask - man's mask from the side

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May 3, 20208 found this helpful

I have this free face mask from the original author but your pictures are so much clearer and easier to see what you're supposed to do. Thank you!

May 26, 20200 found this helpful

Super helpful!! So detailed!
Wish I had seen this sooner


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May 4, 20203 found this helpful

Great instructions. Thank you!

May 18, 20203 found this helpful

Great instructions! Very clear and you really made this mask easy and fast to do. Other instructions for this mask has more folding, pressing etc. Yours is much neater and cleaner finish! Well done. Thank you

May 20, 20203 found this helpful

I love your post and pictures! Such a complete posting. I think I can do this now. Thank you!

May 20, 20202 found this helpful

I like your instructions also, thank you.

May 21, 20202 found this helpful

How do I get the pattern ??


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May 21, 20202 found this helpful

You can download it from the supply list, where it says "pattern, download and print (#3-mask with pocket)"

May 22, 20201 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing!

May 26, 20200 found this helpful

all I could do was install the pdf opener, but it wouldn't let me actually open the .pdf. Would love to get the pattern if possible


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May 26, 20202 found this helpful

I'm so sorry you are having trouble. This is the direct link. You should be able to print it directly from here:

June 3, 20200 found this helpful

This looks great. I've been looking for a pattern that "draws up" on the sides. I'm going to try it!

June 3, 20200 found this helpful

This is the pattern I use. But may I say a coffee filter is not a good filter. The best filters for viruses is the Kirby Vac bags or an A/C filter from Filtrete that says it is for viruses and about 8 other things. Just remember that DIY masks are less effective then N95 masks but much better then nothing. Stay safe!!!


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June 9, 20200 found this helpful

Does it take a long time to make?

June 19, 20201 found this helpful

In my opinion, it is all based on your sewing talent, whether it takes long to sew or not. I consider myself somewhere bw a beginner and intermediate sewer. I have sewed 3 different style masks. For me, depending on the day, sometimes the project goes quick and sometimes it can take me 2 hours on one mask. No rhyme or reason.

June 10, 20200 found this helpful

These instructions are so complete and easy to follow. Thank you.

June 14, 20200 found this helpful

Great instructions! Very clear easy and fast to make. Thank you.

July 2, 20200 found this helpful

Love your patterns & your instructions. Thank you so much !!

July 2, 20200 found this helpful

I made the same design and love that

Step 1
I already made the same design and love that it is a little fuller for breathing easier. Thank you for your layout *I used rope elastic make a complete loop. I put the top & bottom loop of elastic over my head and then place the top part of the elastic over my ear the bottom loop at the base of my skull. I can send a picture if anyone wants one.

Step 2
*I also made one with stretch cording made with a 71/2" piece of material that has the same idea for putting in a pocket & it has no darts. I like this one too has it has more room for breathing.

Now to make sure everyone wears one.

July 9, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip of mask 3, I have been making mask 1 for months with elastic over head, I just couldnt get the pattern to be snug doing ear loops. I am going to try mask 3 pattern and awe how it comes out. Again, thank you.

September 11, 20210 found this helpful

Looks good I must try this. Thanks for the patterns


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