Today I’m trying out the popular Face Mask Dies by Crafter’s Edge which die cuts layers of fabric easily and helps you make masks quickly. With schools opening, wearing a mask is the safest bet these days. It’s a great idea to make a bunch of these to have on hand!
If you have never die cut before, I was happily surprised with the Crossover 2 die cutting machine can do it all. I show you easily die cutting fabric can be!
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Supplies you will need:
- Crossover 2 die cutting machine
- Crafter’s edge Face mask dies: The Face Mask Dies set comes with dies to make 4 different sized masks.
- Fabric Scraps that are large enough as the die size. Cotton works best here.
- A sewing machine
- Sewing or quilting pins
- A pair of scissors
- Elastics for ear loops (see more info below in the post)
How to use Face Mask dies: Step by step tutorial:
Below I show you how to die cut and assemble your face mask.
Fold your fabric so that right sides are together and place die on top. You will need two different fabric layers, one for the inside and one for the outside of the mask.
Run your die sandwich through the die cut machine
Sew along the top curved edge with your sewing machine
Open out the seam and iron. Seen here is the small size of die.
Now fit the two masks into each other, with the right sides facing each other.
Back to the sewing machine, and now sew along just the top and bottom.
Turn the mask inside out, iron and then pin the elastics in place
Carefully sew the sides with a top stitch. I like to go over the elastics a couple of times to make sure it is secure in place.
And your mask is ready to be worn!
This is the simplest way to explain how to sew a mask.
Advantages of using the Face Mask Dies:
The ease of cutting multiple fabrics at once with a single run through the die cut machine is the best part! This speeds up the mask making process nicely.
What size masks can you make with these Face mask dies?
The Face mask dies set comes with 4 sizes of dies. Smallest, small, medium and large. I never really tried the smallest size, that would seem to work best for babies or toddlers.
The small size though fits my youngest daughter (8 years old and petite) and would work well for toddlers and pre schoolers.
The medium size. It was absolutely the perfect size. This size fits me and my 10 year old best and actually fits my husband as well. He did prefer the large size as it covered more of his face.
Pictured below- all three of us are wearing the medium size masks. It’s a little loose on my younger one in the group photo but she wanted to wear it for just the photo as it matches. I ended up making a matching one in the smaller size for her later. You can see on the right that the small size fits her snugly.
What elastic should you use for making a face mask?
I would recommend using a 1/8th inch elastic for the ear loops. You can alternately use a 1/4inch elastic as well if you want them to super sturdy.
I searched online and purchased two colors of elastic- a black and white and while they both are 1/8th inches I felt that the flat black one sat better on our faces.
How long should the elastic be for a face mask?
You’ll need 2 elastics to make each mask. Additionally, make sure to insert about 0.75 to 1 inch of the elastic into the mask while sewing.
- Small size mask: 7.25 inches long
- Medium size mask: 7.5 inches long
- Large size mask: 8.5 inches long
What is the best size for a face mask?
I would definitely recommend the medium size face mask die. In my first sitting, I made 2 large, 6 medium and 3 small sized masks for my family. I used up a bunch of small fabrics (in such pretty prints) that I had collected over the years. It felt great to put them to good use.
Let me know what you think of these masks below in the comments or if you have any questions about the face mask dies!