This gorgeous face mask pouch has three pockets, one for clean face masks, one for dirty plus a slip pocket for your hand sanitizer too!
The face mask holder is perfect if you have to wear face masks all day. Personally I choose to change my mask once it becomes damp with moisture, replacing with a clean fabric mask. This handy face mask pouch keeps your facemasks clean.
If your teen has to wear face masks to school this face mask holder is ideal, they can change their mask at break and lunch for fresh clean masks. A great back to school sewing project!
Since publishing I have been advised that it may be possible for the infection to be passed from the used pocket to the clean pocket by a fellow sewer. I am not an expert in infection control, however, I have two suggestions, firstly fold the used mask so the outer layer is folded inwards secondly change the interlining to a plastic shower curtain. To keep up to date with the latest advice for the safe use of masks please check the World Health Organization’s website. My understanding is that the wearing of masks is to prevent the wearer from giving the infection to others.
Personally I am rather passionate about bag making – if you are new to bag making I have the perfect Beginners Bag Making Course for you which covers so many essential skills for bag making, and includes many free bag tutorials. If you prefer printable bag pattern pieces check out my ebook Bag Making for Beginners.
- 1 Piece of fabric 5 1/4" by 7" for outer flap closure (see notes if you wish to make it from patchwork)
- 1 Piece of fabric 6 1/4 by 7"for front of slip pocket and outer zip pocket
- 1 piece of fabric 7 by 4 1/2 " (inner flap)
- 1 piece of fabric 7" square for inner slip pocket lining
- 1 Piece of plain fabric 7 by 11" (inner pocket lining)
- 4 pieces of fabric 2 3/4 by 2 1/4" (zipper tabs)
- Iron on Interfacing - Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex Fusible Woven
- 2 7" zips
- Sewing machine
- Walking foot
- Zipper foot
- Taylors chalk
- Steam Iron
- Iron interfacing to the wrong side of all fabric pieces except the zipper tabs and the pocket lining, following the manufacturers instructions.
- Fold in short edges and long edges of zipper tabs, then fold in half so the zipper tab is the same width as the zipper
- Enclose each end of the zipper inside the tab. Trim the zip so the zip itself is 5 1/2", total length (including zipper tabs) 7"
- Stitch each zipper tab to secure.
- Place the zipper, with the zip pull to the right (if you are right-handed), place your inner 7" square wrong sides aligned to the top edge of the zipper. Pin in place. For this bag, it is the mustard fabric forming the lining of the hand sanitizer pocket.
- Machine stitch, using a zipper foot. If you struggle to sew past the zipper pull, pause with sewing machine needle in the fabric, lift the foot, pull the zipper pull back to the already stitched area, lower the foot and continue stitching.
- Fold the fabric away from the zipper and press with a hot iron. Topstitch along the edge of the zipper.
- Repeat for the second side of the zipper, with your inner flap fabric measuring 7 by 4 1/2". Set aside.
- For the outer bag repeat steps 5 - 8.
- Create a button loop out of elastic. Place so the loop is facing inwards, centrally on the top of the external closing fabric. Baste in place.
- Open one of your zips.
- Lay the right sides of your outer fabric and inner fabric facing each other. Add the pocket lining to one side (it doesn't matter which). Pin.
- Using a round object (I used my pin box) mark a curve for the corner of the top closing flap, with tailor's chalk.
- Machine stitch around all edges, a walking foot will help your sewing machine cope with the layers of fabric when stitching across the zipper tabs.
- Trim edges, cut into seam allowance towards stitches on the curves.
- Turn right side out, pushing corners and curves out. Press.
- With the inner bag facing you turn up the bottom edge by 2 3/4 " to create the slip pocket. Pin.
- Stitch the sides of the slip pocket, ensuring you backstitch at the top of each side.
- Lastly, fold the closing flap down to work out the position of your button. Sew the button in place.
If you wish to have a patchwork closure make the patchwork fabric first, I cut two strips of fabric lengthways and one vertically. Press the seams open and topstitch to secure. Cut to pattern size and then apply your interfacing, in one piece.
I love making bags – check out my many free bag patterns.