If you want to make a fabric face mask but don’t have a sewing machine, here are 5 ways to make a seamless face mask with materials you can find at home (like bandanas and hair ties).
Using fabric face masks will help “slow the spread” in communities and reserve medical grade surgical masks and N95 respirators for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
Most face mask tutorials require a significant amount of patience with a sewing machine or a needle and thread. However, this post will show you how to make a seamless face mask at home, regardless of your sewing skills.
Make sure you follow good hygiene and proper mask-wearing procedure. When covering your face, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands immediately after removal.
What Is The Best Fabric For Homemade Face Masks?
The researchers found that cotton t-shirts and cotton pillowcases are the best household supplies for making face masks, as they can trap tiny particles and remain breathable.
5 Ways to Make a Seamless Mask
Woven Shirt with Bandana and Hair Ties (or rubber bands) with
Bandana and Fabric Strips With T-Shirt with Fabric Ties and Safety Pins
- How to Make a Face Mask with a Bandana and Headband One of
the simplest and fastest ways to make a seamless face mask is to use a bandana (handkerchief or large cloth napkin) and two hair ties. If you have these materials at home, you can make a simple cloth face wrap in about a minute.
Lay the handkerchief, bandana, or piece of fabric flat first. Fold the top and bottom inwards to meet in the middle. Then fold the bandana in half again. There will be four layers of fabric. Then use two hair ties to create ear loops. Thread a hairpin through each end. Slide the hair ties a few inches towards the center of the folded bandana.
Then fold the ends of the bandana to meet in the middle. You want the ends to overlap slightly so you can tuck one end into the other. This will help keep the ends secure.
Wear the mask with the flat side out and the ends facing your face.
If the mask feels too tight around your ears, you can adjust the position of the hair ties to make them wider.
Remember to wash the bandage after each use or if it gets wet during use.
Using Rubber Bands Instead of
Hair Ties If you don’t have hair ties or feel discomfort around your ears, you can replace simple rubber bands. Fold the bandanna in the same way, but use a rubber band instead of a scrunchie.
- Using Fabric Strips Instead of Hair Ties
If you prefer to tie the mask behind the head rather than behind the ears, you can secure the mask with fabric ties.
To make the stripes, I cut two strips 1 ‘wide by 18’ long from a tee. Put the ribbons where you will place the ties and fold the bandana as before.
Wear the mask by tying the fabric strips around the back of your head and neck.
- How to
Make a Mask from a Woven Shirt Another way to make a non-sewn mask is to cut the sleeve of a (too large, no longer worn) shirt.
For this mask, I used a button-up shirt made of very tightly woven broadcloth. I cut a cross section of the sleeve measuring approximately 8 ‘by 9’. Fold each of the cut edges about 3/4 to the middle and press down with an iron. If you have fabric glue, you can use a small amount to fix these folds. Then add strips of fabric, slanting lacing or other straps. Thread them through the opening and tie them at the back of the head and neck to put on the mask.
- Using Safety Pins and Fabric Tapes
Perhaps you would prefer to use 4 fabric ties on your mask, one at each corner. In this case, you can use a safety pin to attach long strips of fabric to your mask.
Use four small safety pins to attach the fabric strips to the sides of the mask.
Fabric stripes will be tied at the back of the head and neck. Many people find it more comfortable to wear for a long time.
- Facial Mask with T-shirts How ru
If you have an old t-shirt, you can turn it into a face mask.
Cut this shape out of a tee, starting with a folded edge. The two straps should be about 12 ″ long and 1 wide, and the rectangle at the folded edge should be 4 wide and 14 long. Once opened, the middle rectangle should measure 8 x 14.
Place the cut piece and fold the top half over the bottom half. (This will give you two layers of fabric on the main part of the mask.) After making this fold, the four ties will be at the four corners. To put on the mask, tie the straps to the back of the head and the back of the neck. You can position both straps behind the head to adjust the fit.