Introduction: Homemade Mask - No Sewing Required

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a concern across the country. As a community, we will be forever changed by this occurrence. Our daily routines include efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID 19. We do this as a community because we owe it to ourselves and one another to try to keep each other safe.

One of our daily routines that we are all familiar with are these fun little wardrobe additions known as “face coverings*.

I know that there are a lot of mixed feelings about face masks. Believe me I am with you, I have had feelings from all ends of the spectrum such as feeling purposeful, annoyed, indifferent about the whole thing. So to help my fellow mask wearers, I thought I would create a quick tutorial about how to make a quick face covering without a sewing machine using stuff around the house and how to properly wear my homemade mask.


•Piece of fabric (approximately 16” x 16”) – This could be an old piece of clothing, handkerchief, bandana. **A fun back to school idea would be to go to the local crafts store and let the kids pick out some fun patterns.

•Rubber bands or hair ties.

•Scissors if cutting your own square.

•Ruler (to measure the fabric if making your own square)

•Pen for marking measurements to cut the fabric

Step 1:

Collect any needed materials listed in the Materials section. For my example, I am using a bandana and hair ties since that is what I have at home

Step 2:

Pick up the outer edge of your fabric and fold it in half.

Step 3:

Take the top edge and fold it down halfway.

Step 4:

Repeat Step 4 for the bottom edge and fold it up towards the middle.

Step 5:

Grab one of the hair ties and slide it over the end of the bandana.

Step 6:

Repeat Step 6 using the second hair tie on the opposite end.

Step 7:

Take one end of the bandana and open it up so that it forms a hole.

Step 8:

Grab the other end of the bandana and tuck it into the created hole.

Step 9: Result!

You now have a completed face mask with the hair ties as the ear loops

Step 10:

Loop the hair ties over your ears and cover your mouth and nose with the fabric. Tada!! You have a homemade facemask without using a single needle or sewing machine.

To be completely honest, this is very fun but if you are like me and have oddly shaped ears the hair ties do not work as well. If I do this again, I will definitely try some elastic bands.

Step 11: Face Covering Guidelines

Using the guidelines above determine if you need to wear a mask. You have determined that you are going out in a public setting and..basically anytime you are out in public where you will be exposed to someone outside your household, you should wear a mask. Let's move on to Step 2 to make a quick and easy mask at home