Face Mask with Ribbon Using Sewing Clips Tutorial by ILikeBigButton.com April 13 2020


As a precaution, I have been making our family some face masks. Nothing fancy, I was limited to what supplies I had on hand. I made a mask with Elastic earlier, this one will be with ribbon ties.

So with some fabric scraps, ribbon (they mentioned you could use shoelaces as an option), sewing clips, and my trusting sewing machine, I found a set of instructions and struck out.

Here is the first version I made:




  • Face Mask Instructions (I used these as general guidelines)
  • 2x 9.5" x 6.5" pieces of Fabric
  • 4x 18" of Ribbon or brand new Shoelaces (this is a good average size, but may need to be adjusted if you are a smaller person)
  • Sewing Clips
  • Sewing Machine


1. Cut out 2x 9.5" x 6.5" fabric rectangles.

2. With right side of 9.5" x 6.5" fabric facing up, pin a piece of 18" ribbon in each corner. Like so.

3. Pin the second piece of 9.5" x 6.5" fabric facing down to the fabric with the ribbon pinned to it. Make sure the tails of the ribbon don't get caught in the edges while sewing. I tied the ribbon into loose loops to keep them from finding their way into the edge seam.

4. Sew a 1/4" seam starting about 1/2 way on the long side. Go all the way around the perimeter, stopping when you have about 1.5" to 2" left. Make sure to go back and forth at each of the corners to anchor the ribbon. Leave that gap so that you can turn the face mask right side out.

5. Turn the mask right side out and iron it flat.

6. Make three pleats lengthwise, like you are folding a paper fan. I eyed it and used the sewing clip width as my pleat measurer, but if I was making more than a handful of these, I would make myself a template to make this part easier. The pleats help the mask form around the wearer’s face. Secure each pre-sewn pleat with a sewing clip as pictured above.

7. Now sew a 1/4"  stitch around the outer perimeter of the mask face, going back and forward over the corners to add more stability to the ribbon.

8. Then, top stitch a second time around the outer edge about 1/4" in from the first round of stitching.

9. Tada! You have a finished face mask.

*Afterthoughts, my kiddos will need smaller masks, this one seems best sized for teens to adults.