No-Sew, DIY Face Mask

With COVID-19 it’s more important than ever to protect yourself, family and friends. The U.S. federal government recently changed its recommendations on April 3, 2020, suggesting not that all residents wear homemade facial coverings when they go out.

Though there’s a ton of awesome face mask tutorials out there, most require a sewing machine or assumption that you already know how to so. Never fear, we’ll show you how to create your own beautiful face mask without the need to sew. You can make these face masks out of T-shirts or bandanas.

What materials are best for face masks?

The CDC recommends two layers of tightly woven 100 percent cotton fabric, such as quilter’s material or bedsheets with a high thread count. A group of scientists and doctors at Wake Forest University recommends holding fabric options up to bright light and choosing something that doesn’t let a lot of light show through.

A group of Cambridge University researchers compared filtration and breathability of different types of homemade mask materials, and here’s what they found. They concluded that masks made from pillowcases or cotton T-shirts struck the best balance.

What face mask pattern should I use?

There’s no perfect pattern or consensus for a DIY face mask. Studies have shown that any face covering is better than nothing.

With that said, there are a few patterns that have gained popularity:

  • Quick cut t-shirt face covering
  • Bandana face covering

We’ll go through both to show you how to create your own DIY, no-sew face mask.


Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering

Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

Tutorial

Bandana Face Coverings

Materials

  • Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
  • Coffee filter
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)

Tutorial

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