The newest fashion statement and recommended way to protect yourself from the spread of COVID-19 is the medical facial mask. Seeing masks across faces while at the grocery store or on a walk is the new norm.
If you’re looking to buy a pre-made mask online or sew one at home, we’ve gathered a collection of fun, kid-friendly mask patterns to make the experience a little less scary for little ones, plus tips for making your own masks at home. With fabric patterns like Ninja Turtles, trains, planes, Minnie Mouse and Olaf, your kids will feel pretty cool in their new face masks.
Where to Find Fabric
Several stores online are selling fabric so families can make their own facial masks at home.
Amazon has a variety of kid-friendly fabric options. This Paw Patrol-themed fabric features all the puppy pals on a pale blue background. Batman and his other superhero friends can be found on this Superhero fabric on a white background. Elsa and Anna are featured on this purple Frozen fabric, or if Toy Story is a favorite in your house, try this Toy Story 4 fabric on a white background. Animal lovers will enjoy this jungle safari fabric, or your feline-loving friends will love this cat fabric. Little kids will love the smiling blue whales and red crabs on this Whales Adventure fabric. Teens might enjoy this sunflower fabric pattern or this Paris fashion fabric. And for the sports fans, try these baseball or soccer themed fabrics.
If you’re looking for Disney-themed fabrics by the yard, Etsy is the place to find it. Many of the Disney Princesses are available on a variety of fabric options at the ReapNSew Shop. Smiling big Olaf fabric on a pale blue background is available at the Angelfabric Shop. Spiderman, Frozen, Cinderella and more fabrics can be found on the AuntSandysSewing Shop. A variety of Minnie Mouse fabric patterns are available from the SewnbyRachel Shop. This Avengers fabric is ready for a sewing fight from the CountrySnuggles Shop. Roaring dinosaurs, bright pink piglets and fun-loving sushi fabric are also fabric patterns available on Etsy.
Fabric.com has a large selection of mask patterns kids will love. While they’re selling out fast, many are being restocked quickly. For kids who are always in motion, how about these airplane, construction vehicle, sailboat or train fabrics? This Sesame Street fabric is exclusive to Fabric.com and shows all your favorite characters waving hello from windows, which is perfect during these times. Restocking soon are these cool fabric patterns of Cat in the Hat, flip flops, unicorns and Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
Michaels is allowing customers to buy online and pick up their order curbside, or have their orders shipped. Harry Potter fans will love these two fabric patterns: white hufflepuff house pride fabric or green stripe slytherin fabric. There are two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fabric options, one that is blue with the all turtle power, and one that is green for turtles in training. Frozen, Minecraft and Dora the Explorer fabrics are all available at Michaels as well.
How to Make Your Own Mask with Fabric
Things You Need
- 3 pieces of 6 inch by 9 inch fabric
- 2 pieces of elastic 1/8 inch by 7 inches; this can be elastic from an old shirt, boxer shorts or underwear if you can’t find elastic to purchase
- Sewing pins or clips
- Sewing machine
Layer the three pieces of fabric on top of one another and pin or clip the ends of the elastic pieces where you’d like them placed on the fabric. Sew around the border of the fabric using a ¼-inch seam and double stitch over the elastic ends, but be sure to leave about a 2-inch hole on either end of the mask where the elastic bands are. Once sewn, flip the fabric inside out using the hole openings. Then create two folds about ¼ inch wide from the top and clip your folds in preparation to sew. Sew all the way around the entire border of the mask, closing the former openings on the edges. Your mask is now complete! You can watch the video above for more detailed instruction on how to sew a face mask.
How to Make Your Own No-Sew Mask
Things You Need
Making a no-sew mask requires a few folds of 22 inch by 22 inch fabric or bandana. (Watch the video above fo detailed folding instructions). Place the coffee filter in the center of the fabric prior to folding the fabric for added protection. Add the hair ties to either end of the folded fabric about a quarter of the way in on each side. Take the ends of the folded pieces and fit them inside one another. Then use the hair ties to fit them around your ears while covering your nose and mouth with the fabric.
Where to Buy Pre-Made Masks
If DIY isn’t your thing, we’ve found a few options online for pre-made masks.
Etsy: Many crafters and shops are making and selling reusable and washable cloth masks in a variety of solid fabric colors and patterns.
Patterned Options: Kids will love this colorful dabbing unicorn face mask, as well as this Super Mario and Sonic face mask. Both are available on Amazon, along with other patterned options.
Full Face Shield: For kids who may hate wearing masks, check out these hat options with a clear, plastic face shield that hangs down in front of the face.
At-Home Activities For Kids
Movie Night Kit
Boys Movie Night
Toddler Paint Night Set
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