Making A Cloth Face Mask

In the current corona virus situation Face Coverings are required in more areas of everyday life. Why not be creative and learn how to construct a mask which is personal to you. A pattern and all materials are provided and will be given out on the day. Your kit will include fabric, elastic and nose wire. If you have specific fabric you would like to use, please feel free to bring it along, but remember it must be tightly woven cotton. Places are limited so sign up as soon as possible.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course welcomes sewers of all levels. It would be beneficial to be able to use a sewing machine. However, this is a small project that could easily be done by hand. It is taught using simple skills and easy to follow professional techniques so that beginners can easily follow our classes.
Please scroll down and click Read more to find out what to bring as students will not be able to share equipment during this course.

What does this course cover

While homemade face masks are not medical-grade and will not protect you from contracting coronavirus, they will offer a barrier to others. They could hopefully discourage accidentally touching your face and show that you are trying to protect yourself and others.
In this creative class the pattern in your 'kit' will be a multi-sized full face mask so that you can make masks for all at home including children. Details of how to make a simple pleated face mask will be available as an added bonus!!

By the end of the course you will be able to:
use a small pattern to cut your fabric.
use basic sewing techniques to make a cloth mask
include a nose wire in your mask.
Identify suitable fabrics for cloth mask making

What will it be like

Learning will be facilitated by individual guidance and support from the tutor as well as peer centred learning. Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently. This will be supported by hand-outs. Students will be encouraged to comment about each other's work (peer centred learning).
Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and initial, on-course and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course.
Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
At the end of the course we will review and assess the work.

What else do you need to buy or do

Please be sure to have all of the following items as students will not be able to share equipment during this course.

The Cloth Mask Kit (provided)
Notebook and pencil/pen
Your own sewing kit containing:
Tape measure
Sharp scissors for cutting out
Machine bobbin (provided)
Lots of Pins
Hand sewing needles
Unpicker or small scissors

What this course could lead to

Other fashion and textiles courses are available at the Mary Ward Centre, you tutor will advise as to your next steps.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’