Our Favorite DIBY Face Mask Hacks

I know I’m not the first to lament that face masks have been the most trending pattern throughout all of the 2020 seasons. In years to come they may even take their place of honor among the most memorable in fashion flashbacks. The Mom Jean. The Tube Top. The Mullet. The Face Mask.

While we may not look back in embarrassment, it will certainly be a reflection we wish had never been. Nevertheless, here we are. And since here is where we may hang for the next little while, we might as well live our best life wearing our most comfortable mask.

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Mask Pick

It is no secret that our go to mask of choice is the DIBY Club Fabric Face Mask, because we only bring you the best. With a contour fit which keeps close to your face, shape designed to minimize air leaks and binding to further ensure an ideal fit, this mask is nurse approved (and designed in collaboration with Jessica Nandino RN)  and it only makes sense why we reach for it. Also, did we say, FREE? (Snag it here.)

That said, we understand that for various reasons, sometimes you need something beyond the basics. Hair length can be a huge consideration in mask selection as ties can easily catch and snag loose locks. Perhaps the masks are for your littles who may have trouble retying them on their own as they head back to school . Or maybe the security of a filter is what you need to keep your mind at ease. Well, where there’s a mask there’s a hack. Here are our top four favorite hacks to take your DIBY mask to next level custom, comfort and peace of mind.

Elastic Top Band

This hack is my personal favorite. As a mom of little girls and a curly haired lioness myself, ties are not my friend, as they have the tendency to snag our locks. Replacing the ties up top with an elastic removes the steps where snagging occurs and keeps our mask in place all day. It’s also an ideal option for little ones, as it’s easy for them to slide it on and off without help. Additionally, with the bottom ties still in place, it simply hangs around their neck like a lanyard when not in use.

Take your head measurement from about an inch in front of your ear, around the back to the same point on the other ear. Subtract a ½’ from that measurement and cut a piece of elastic to that length.

Gather supplies: (2) binding, (1) 1/4″ wide elastic using above measurement, and (2) mask pieces.

Assemble your mask using your DIBY Club instructions till you are about the attach your binding.

Attach your bottom binding per the instructions.

Attach your top binding to the fabric face then press the seam up towards your binding.

Trim your binding so an excess of ½” hangs over each side edge.

Fold the short ends into the binding till it aligns with the edge of the mask. Press.

Place one end of your elastic on top of the folded binding edge then enclose it between the binding. Pin in place.

Topstitch your elastic into place on both ends.

Repeat on the other side.

Finish attaching your binding by top stitching along the entire length of the binding.

Finished!

Elastic Sides Bands

This is the standard for elastic bands on masks. I like having a couple of these around because they are quick, easy and no nonsense, especially for kiddos.

Starting about 1″ in front of the top of your ear, measure down and around your ear to a ½” in front of the bottom of your ear. Add an inch. You want this to rest comfortably or else your ears will be pulling.

Gather your supplies: (2) binding, (2) 1/4″ wide elastic, and (2) mask pieces.

Assemble your mask using your DIBY Club instructions up until you are about to attach your binding.

Trim your binding so an excess of ½” hangs over each side edge for both the top and the bottom.

Using the same method from the instructions, attach your binding to either your top or bottom edge then press the seam up towards your binding.

Fold the short ends into the binding till it aligns with the edge of the mask. Press.

Place one end of your elastic on top of the folded binding edge then enclose it between the binding. Pin in place. Repeat on the other side with new elastic.

Finish attaching your binding by top stitching along the entire length of the binding.

Attach the binding on the remaining raw edge.

Working on one side, take your elastic from that same side and place the end into the binding as you did before. Stitch into place and then repeat on the other side.

Finish attaching your binding by top stitching along the entire length of the binding.

Finished!

Reversible Option

Sometimes you want to get as much as you can out of one mask. This hack is perfect for those wanting a reversible option and also gives it a sleek professional finish no matter which way you look at it. Just remember that you don’t want to be reversing it while you’re wearing it out and about if you are using it to prevent the spread of germs. 🙂

Assemble your mask per the DIBY instructions up to sewing your pleats into place.

After stitching your pleats down, turn your mask inside out and sew each dart individually. You will now have four darts sewn.

Return the mask right side out, and press your darts away from each other to reduce bulk. Your darts will now sit between your layers rather than directly on your nose.

Filter Pocket

A little extra security never hurt anybody. Take your mask to the next level and add an insert pocket for protective filters.

When cutting out your lining piece, do not cut on the fold. Instead add a 3/8” seam allowance to the middle edge and cut two mirror pieces.

On one of the pieces, use a fabric pen to mark a 2” opening in the middle of the seam.

Using a 3/8” seam allowance, place right sides together and starting from the top edge stitch down then stop at the top of your 2” gap. Backstitch to ensure it remains in place.

Repeat on the bottom edge. Press your seam open.

Now you have an opening to slide in your filter. From here, the mask can be assembled as normal.

Keep Calm and Mask On

I’ll admit it, I’d much rather be putting my creative hacks to use on a new swimsuit for the beach or a shirt for Disneyland. Masks are a new reality to many of us and one we aren’t too thrilled over. Still, creativity in any form is fantastic therapy and a good fitting mask is a great start to making the best of an unpleasant situation. Sewing custom clothing has always been our thing. Why should our masks be any different? From my sewing table to yours, stay healthy my friends.

3 thoughts on “Our Favorite DIBY Face Mask Hacks”

  1. Safe with masks!

    Just wanted to post a word of warning concerning the Reversable Mask concept! It is actually very dangerous to wear both sides of your mask. You are only to touch the elastics when putting the mask on and taking it off. Most of all you should NEVER EVER flip your mask and place it on your face with the contaminated outside touching your face! I would not give a reversable mask to a child, who can hardly be expected to remember this and would very likely want to try it on both ways. Please place a warning about this on your site as you surely wouldn’t want people to increase their risk of contamination wearing your Reversible Masks..?
    Stay safe and study the health authorities instructions about safe mask wearing!

  2. Thank you so much for this tutorial hack! The DIBY mask is a favorite among those I have made masks for (over 100 now, from multiple patterns) and these tips are great. I do add a filter pocket, but my version was too bulky for ear elastics. Your filter lining works much better! And, just in time for the next set I have been asked to make! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, which is definitely the best fitting pattern I have found, and for adding the hacks!

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