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MOST Ministries
Face Masks 

As a result of COVID-19, MOST Ministries’ Team Members will be required to wear face masks while serving around the world due to government regulations.  You can help our Team Members go and share the Gospel around the world by making face masks!  The first sample comes from the CDC website, but feel free to use any face mask instructions.

Completed Face Masks can be mailed to:

MOST Ministries

655 Phoenix Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI  48108

Questions?  Contact MOST Ministries by email or call 734-994-7909.

Face Masks - Sample 1
Click here for printable instructions.


  • Two 10 x 6" rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6" pieces of elastic
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine


1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric


3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.

2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.


4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

Face Masks - Sample 2
Click here for printable instructions.


  • Mask body - cotton muslin (cut approximately 9.5" x 13", washed and ironed)
  • Ear loop holders - cotton muslin (cut approximately 4.25" x 1.25", washed and ironed)
  • Ear loop - soft knit, adjustable
  • Nose wire - flat aluminum, self-adhesive on one side


  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pleat guide & ear loop holder guide (handmade from light-weight cardboard)
  • Washable glue stick (not required, but helpful)



1. Fold the mask body in half to create a double-layer                    2. Press the seam open. Remove the paper backing
 9.5" x 6.5" rectangle.  Sew a 1/2" seam allowance                            from the adhesive side of the nose wire. Adhere
 along the 9.5" long edge.                                                                the nose wire to the seam allowance near the seam.


3. Turn the mask body right-side out, taking                                    4. Lightly mark the left and right edges of the mask
care not to bend the nose wire. Press flat.                                           body according to the pleat guide. Fold and pin
Seam close around nose wire so it will stay                                          the pleats. From the front of the mask, the pleats
in place during multiple washings.                                                       should face downwards.



5. Base the pleats in place.                                                             6. Lightly mark two of the ear loop holders according
                                                                                                        to the marks on the ear loop holder guide.


7. Stack 2 ear loop holders (one marked and one not)                           8. Fold the ear loop holders at the at the seam and
with one ear loop between. Sew with 1/4" seam along                              press so the ear loop extends in one direction
the long edge. Repeat with the other holders and ear                                and the ear loop holders in the other.
loop.                                                                                                     Fold in each of the ear loop holders along the                                                                                                                long axis and press. You are making a binding                                                                                                                 that will enclose the edges of the mask body.



9. Place each of the ear loop holders on the                                   10. Topstitch the ear loop holders in place.  Using a
left and right sides of the mask body so that                                        stitch shape that includes a left-right component
the ear loop holders enclose the raw edges of                                      (similar to a zig-zag) will help secure both the front
the mask body.  Fold in the top and bottom                                          and back sides of the ear loop holders in case the

edges of the ear loop holders.  The glue stick                                       folded edges on the front and back don't exactly
will help here, as will trimming some of the                                          align.  Remove the basting.

excess fabric from the top and bottom extensions.


Put a decorative stitch on each side of the nose wire (just for fun).


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