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3 DIY Face Masks—Easy and Effective

The Center for Disease Control recently recommended the use of cloth face coverings in public. That directive goes on to say acceptable face coverings can be “fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials.” Easy for them to say. But which household items?

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Not all of us just happen to have supplies and equipment stashed away in the event we might ever need a proper face covering.

It didn’t take long for a few very creative folks to come up with and then share their solutions.

No-Sew Face Mask

This is super clever. You will need a piece of fabric that is about 21-inches square, like a  cloth napkin, a bandana-type scarf, or even a piece of fabric cut to this size. Next, you’ll need two stretchy things like hair ties, rubber bands or pieces of narrow elastic.

This video below will quickly walk you through such a clever way to put those items together.


No-Sew Knotted Face Covering

Got an old t-shirt you don’t mind turning into a face covering? Great! Watch this video for complete directions.

Generally,  you’ll need a t-shirt, ruler, and scissors. Cut that shirt into two rectangles. Cut 1-inch “fringe” along the short sides of the rectangles. Next, cut off the hem of the t-shirt, which you will use for ties.

Now, tie the front and back rectangles together at the fringe area. Confused? Watch the YouTube video and you’ll get it in no time.

Some-Sewing-Required Face Mask

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Joann, the national fabric and craft store, moved into action and created this online tutorial.

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For this face covering, which is kinda’ cute, you will need:


  • cotton fabric – at least 12”x 9”
  • lightweight Fusible Interfacing 12” x 9”
  • 1/4” elastic
  • basic sewing supplies


  1. Download the pattern by clicking here.
  2. Cut 1 pattern piece, on the fold, out of the cotton fabric and lightweight interfacing
  3. Apply fusible interfacing to the wrong side of cotton fabric using an iron.
  4. Fold fabric right sides together, matching 9-inch (8-inch) sides.
  5. Sew along the 9 (8) inch side, using 1/4” seam allowance and leaving a space 3” wide in the center to turn mask right side out.
  6. Cut 2 pieces of elastic 7 inches long. Insert into the corners of the two open ends of the mask and pin it into place. Sew across sides, backstitching well over the elastic, to secure the elastic in place.
  7. Turn mask right side out and press seams flat.
  8. Using pattern as a guide, fold up three pleats on each side, making sure the pleats are folded in the same direction. Pin into place.
  9. Topstitch around the entire mask, securing the pleats and closing the opening.

There you go … three ways you can stay safe should you need to be out in the public.


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  1. Susan B. Barber says:

    Can’t find interfacing anywhere so had to improvise. May have to go to the no sew options since elastic has also become a scarce commodity.

  2. Andrea says:

    But no stores have elastic! How can people make facemask #3 when there’s no elastic available ANYWHERE?!?
    Also, as a certified infection control nurse, I would suggest making a small pocket at the top of the mask & using a piece of flexible metal (perhaps from a file folder–available on Amazon) to make a nose bridge so that the mask conforms to your face. You can slip the metal piece out of the mask prior to washing it.

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