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How to Make a Washable Face Mask? (DIY Tesda Guide)

How to Make Washable Face Mask? (DIY Tesda Guide)


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provide a step-by-step guide on how to make a washable face mask, due to its shortage. This is to encourage the public to create their own face mask.

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How to Make a Washable Face Mask?

Watch the tagalog tutorial below:

Recommended Materials

  • Piece of Cloth
  • Ruler
  • French Curve
  • Lapis
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Shears
  • Pin
  • Thread
  • Pinking Shears
  • Sewing Machine
  • Electric Iron
  • Elastic Bands
  • Sabong Panlaba
  • Pattern Paper (Download Link)

Preparation of pattern and cutting of fabric

  1. Draw a horizontal baseline and create a right angle by drawing a vertical line.
  2. Mark the portion where both lines meet as Point A.
  3. From Point A, measure 5 3/8 inches upward and mark the line as Point B.
  4. From Point A, measure 3/4 inches to the right and mark the line as Point C.
  5. From Point A, measure 3 3/8 inches to the left and mark the line as Point D.
  6. Using a french curve, draw a curve line from Point C to Point D.
  7. From Point D, draw a slanting line with 2 5/8 inches and mark the line as Point E.
  8. From Point E, draw a horizontal line to the right with 4 5/8 inches and mark the line as Point F.
  9. Connect points B, F, and C using a french curve.
  10. Add a 3/8-inch allowance on the following sides: E to B, D to C, and B to C.
  11. Add a half-inch allowance for E to D.
  12. Cut the pattern. This will serve as the pattern for both the two outer layers and two inner layers of the face mask.
  13. For the inner pocket of the mask, trace the previously-prepared pattern.
  14. From Point C, measure 3 inches to the right, mark the same, and draw a vertical line to the side of Point E to Point B.
  15. Cut the pattern. This will serve as the pattern for the inner pocket of the mask.
  16. Lay patterns on the folded fabrics (to create a two-piece panel in one cut).
  17. Cut two pieces of fabric for each layer of the mask (inner, outer, and pocket layers of the mask).

Sewing the fabric

  1. Prepare the cut materials/fabric and the sewing machine for operation.
  2. Sew the center front curve on each layer of the mask (outer, inner, and pocket).
  3. Fold and sew the side part of each layer (E to D).
  4. Create a “knotch” at the center front of the curve of each layer using the pinking shears to ease the curves.
  5. Flatten the center front curves of the layer using an iron.
  6. Lay the pocket layer in front of the inner layer. Ensure that the front portion of the pocket layer is facing outward.
  7. Lay the outer layer in front of the pocket layer. Ensure that the back part of the mask is facing outward.
  8. Sew the top and the bottom part of the mask.
  9. Using the cutting shears, clip the curve lines of the top portion.
  10. From the side, invert the layers. Place the outer layer in front and the pocket layers at the back of the mask.

Finishing Touches



  1. For the ear loops, cut two pieces of garters or elastic bands with a length of 5 1/2 inches.
  2. Insert and sew the garters in both side-corners of the mask.
  3. For a neat finish, sew the top and bottom edge of the mask, leaving 1/8-inch allowance.
  4. Wash and iron the mask before use.

This tutorial on how to make a washable face mask is brought to us by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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