Olson Face Mask Pattern

Welcome to Quilt For Lovers, the “Olson Mask Pattern” was designed by medical professionals to be used when other surgical and N95 masks are not available. Here we always bring the best standards for you!! It is curved to fit the nose and mouth area and has an internal pocket to contain an additional filter (if available), this is an easy tutorial even for people who are new to sewing next!!

You can make many masks with this pattern to share with your family and health professionals in your community and you can share this pattern with others, for everyone to help themselves!!

10+ Free Face Mask Sewing Patterns and Tutorials - I Can Sew This

Here are the template templates for creating kid-sized masks in two different sizes. The models are:

  1. face, mouth and cheek models for children aged 2 to 5 years (page 1)
  2. full size face, mouth and cheek models for children aged 6 to 10 years (page 2)

The sewing and cutting instructions are the same for child-sized masks.

To Make the Olson Mask Pattern, you will need:

  • about 1/4 yard tightly woven cotton fabric
  • 2 hair tie elastics (other types of elastic ties may be improvised)
Layer the fabric with wrong sides facing.
Layer the fabric with wrong sides facing.


The Olson Mask Pattern has 6 pattern templates and specifies cutting one from each template. You may save time by only using templates Mouth 1, Cheek 1, and Face 1.

Cut 2 from Cheek 1, Face 1, and Mouth 1 templates.
Cut 2 from Cheek 1, Face 1, and Mouth 1 templates.

Cut 2 each from pattern templates Cheek 1, Face 1, and Mouth 1.

When cutting, layer the fabric with wrong sides facing so you can cut the two pieces at once and they will be reversed.

Sew Single Hems

Take the cheek pieces and mouth pieces to your ironing board.

1. Press the longest straight edge on the cheek pieces over to the wrong side by 1/4’’.

2. Press the straight edge on the mouth pieces over to the wrong side by 1/4’’.

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3. Sew along the fold on all of these pieces to make simple single hems.

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Sew the Curved Mouth and Face Edges

1/4’’ seam allowance allowed.

1. Place the two ‘Face’ pieces right sides together and sew along the curved edge.

2. Place the two ‘Mouth’ pieces right sides together and sew along the curved edge.

Pin and Sew the Pieces Together

1. Place the cheek pieces and the mouth piece (sewn along the curved edge) on your workspace, with the right sides of the fabric down as seen above. If necessary, refer to the templates to ensure that you are not arranging any of them upside down.

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2. Allow the cheek pieces to overlap on top of the mouth piece by about 1’’ and pin at the top and bottom of each cheek piece.

Do not worry too much about how much to overlap the mouth piece with the cheek pieces right now – you will adjust them for an accurate fit in the next step.

This is the ‘inside piece.’

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3. Place the pinned ‘inside piece’ on top of the face piece, right sides together.

Match the pieces together at the center seams and place pins at the top and bottom center.

4. Line up the straight edges on the sides and pin.

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5. Now carefully remove one of the pins that holds the mouth and cheek pieces together. Smooth and adjust out the fabrics so that they fit nicely between the sides and the center seam.

Re-pin through all layers.

7. Repeat for all 4 pins that attached the cheek pieces to the mouth piece.

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8. Sew all the way around the mask with a 1/4’’ seam allowance.

At each of the corners:

  • stop with the needle down
  • lift the presser foot
  • turn the fabric
  • put the presser foot down
  • continue sewing

When you come to the place where you started sewing, continue sewing on top of your first few stitches and then backstitch to secure.

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9. To reduce bulk, trim away extra fabric at the corners, without cutting the stitching. You can safely cut to within 1/8’’ of the stitching.

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10. Turn the face mask right side out through one of the openings next to the cheek piece. Don’t try to turn through both openings at once, that will get tangled. 🙂

Press the mask to make it look nice.

11. Place one side edge through a hair elastic and fold over by about 1/2’’.

Stitch the side edge down, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure well.

Of course, you may use other types of elastic or make drawstring ties, depending on the needs of the user and the resources available.

Obviously, you can use other types of elastic or make string ties, depending on the user’s needs and available resources.

Tip: If you can’t find 1/4 ” elastic, try folding over 1/2 ” elastic (FOE). It’s soft and flexible – maybe even better than the regular 1/4 ” elastic for making mask ties.


Here is the CDC’s guidance on homemade masks:

“HCP {healthcare personnel} use of homemade masks:
In environments where face masks are not available, the HCP may use homemade masks (for example, headband, scarf) to care for patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE (personal protective equipment), as their ability to protect HCP is unknown. Care should be taken when considering this option. Ideally, homemade masks should be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (extending to the chin or below) and the sides of the face. {source of the quote at cdc.gov}

If your local doctor is ordering face masks from home tissue, he must be really in need. Let’s help them! In addition, I put together a list of US hospitals and medical facilities requesting homemade face masks. I also encourage you to check the local hospital’s website (or call it), because there is probably a need in your own community.”

Stay healthy and safe!

10+ Free Face Mask Sewing Patterns and Tutorials - I Can Sew This

See too: Morning Star Block

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