Sew Your Own Face Mask
Through this online course you will have the opportunity to develop your
knowledge and understanding of basic sewing techniques, progress your practical
skills in hand and machine sewing, and access an elementary introduction to
simple pattern drafting.
You must have experience of sewing by hand or using a sewing machine, with a
knowledge of fundamental requirements such as accuracy, seam allowance, and
simple construction methods. You will need some basic sewing tools and
equipment and you must have access to a suitable device to access the online
Develop your sewing skills learning how to construct simple face masks for you,
your family and friends to wear. As we move around in this new socially distanced
world we can retain our individuality by donning a handmade, bespoke piece with
its own storage bag.
This online course will focus in the creative making process required to construct a
face mask, from pattern drafting to completed piece. Step by step tutor
demonstration will guide you through from start to finish.
Your dedicated tutor will be available for you to contact and for supervision
through your course journey online Wednesdays, 1-3pm.
These simple, easy to construct face masks will utilise fabrics and threads you
may have in your stash! For additional resources, order online from fabric and
haberdashery suppliers. Some of the retail outlets remaining open may also stock
affordable basic sewing equipment.
Resources you will require:
Pencil, pens, eraser
Tape measure, ruler
Fabric – Washable cotton or cotton mixes
Hand sewing needles
Elastic, ribbon, twill tape
Loop turner, turning set or other turning equipment
Bamboo pointer or any other tool to push out corners
Optional: decorative pieces such as lace, ribbon, bows etc to embellish your
mask should you wish.
Key skills you will develop:
Hand sewn stitches
Step by step construction methods
Where can it lead?
This course will furnish you with the basic sewing skills and allow you to have a
firm foundation from which to further develop your knowledge, understanding and
After this course you may wish to advance to a Beginners course, and eventually
on to an accredited course in order to gain a qualification in the subject.
In terms of employment, you may use your skills in jobs such as:
Repairing clothing/textile items
Altering hem length
Working at home making very simple items to sell yourself online or at
craft fairs/pop up shops
Working in the voluntary sector
Repairing and altering garments/textile items for resale
Upcycling garments for resale