Make Your Own Facemask

If you’ve lost your facemask since last lockdown, why not make your own?

Kiwis living in Auckland and the Coromandel and wider New Zealand are being strongly encouraged to wear face masks when out in public.

This advice comes from the following announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield that New Zealand has entered a level 4 lockdown.

Spotlight is stepping in to help residents access the appropriate materials and a free, downloadable sewing pattern is available on the Spotlight website.

A huge range of fabrics for making suitable, reusable cloth face masks and face coverings is available to purchase online from Spotlight.

Free sewing patterns are available for download here, including instructional videos.

A DIY project guide for making ear-savers for added wearer comfort can be found here.

Spotlight stores nationwide will remain closed under Alert Levels 3 and 4, however, customers will still be able to shop online for home delivery.

Spotlight CEO Quentin Gracanin said “Spotlight is committed to helping New Zealanders get through this recent lockdown with access to the materials and items needed to help protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. If you’re a keen sewer, we encourage you to make masks for yourself and the members of your bubble.”

At Alert Level 4, New Zealanders must stay home other than for essential movement and are encouraged to wear a face-covering when leaving home for essential trips.

See below for Spotlights instructional mask-making video and step-by-step guide.


  • 1/2 Yard (0.5m) of 1/8″(3mm) -1/4″(6mm) wide elastic

  • 2 pieces of fabric: 7 3/4″ x 7 1/2″(19.5cm x 19cm) (Suggested fabrics: Tightly woven cottons)


  1. Cut two pieces of elastic each measuring 7″(18cm) long. 

  2. On the outside, pin ends of elastic to one face cover section, centering at large circles. Baste. 

  3. Pin face cover sections together. Stitch outer edges in a 1/4″(6mm) seam, leaving an opening.

  4. Turn cover right side out, sew the opening. Stitch close to finished edges. 

  5. To make pleats, on the outside, fold along solid lines through all thicknesses. Bring folds to broken lines. Baste 1/2″(1.3cm) from finished edges. 

  6. On the outside, stitch along basting. Stitch again 1/8″(3mm) away from the first stitching.
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