DIY Masks


Caroline C., Staff Writer

You may have noticed that everyone has been donning face masks. Face masks are now both recommended and required. However, it can be hard to find them now that everyone uses them. But don’t worry, here’s how to make your own! You can even make it with fun, colorful fabric!

For a sew mask: (These steps are from this site here)

You will need at least 20 by 20 inches of 100 percent cotton fabric. You will need either 4 strips of cotton fabric for ties, 4 shoelaces, or two flat sewing elastics (7 inches long each.) You will also need a sewing machine or a needle and thread.

  1. Fold the fabric in half. Cut out a 9.5” by 6.5” rectangle, and create two identical layers.
  2. Take the four pieces of cotton fabric/shoelaces/elastic.
  3. Fold each piece of fabric twice lengthwise. Fold it once more to tuck the rough edges inside.
  4. Sew a straight line along the middle. (Doing this can prevent the edges from fraying.)
  5. Now you have to attach the strips to the mask. To do so, pin down the 4 fabric ties, one piece on each corner.
  6. Do you feel like making a sandwich? Take the second layer of fabric and line it up with the first. The sides your want facing everyone should face outward, and your two fabric pieces should be sandwiching the fabric ties or elastics.
  7. Find the middle, and sew a straight line across the mask, about 1/4 inch above the bottom edge, and sew toward the bottom left-hand corner
  8. As you sew, make sure that the elastic or fabric ties are secured in the corners. Your needle should go through the three pieces of your mask: the top layer, the end of the fabric tie, and the bottom layer.
  9. Sew all around the perimeter.
  10. Turn your project right-side out from the little 1 ½” gap. Your ties should stick out.
  11. Using pins, make three staggered pleats lengthwise on the mask, like a fan.
  12. Keep the “pleats” and pins in place as you stitch around the perimeter again. Keep a fourth-inch distance from the seam.
  13. You now have a completed mask! Adjust it to fit you comfortably.

For a no-sew mask: (These steps are from this site here)

You will need a bandana or a 22”x 22” square of fabric, paper lips or anything to close the top (optional,) and something to use as straps, likely hair ties, rubber bands, shoelaces, or string.

  1. Lay out a bandana or fabric cut-out
  2. Fold the top and bottom in to the center (You can close the top with paper clips)
  3. Fold the other top and bottom in towards the center
  4. Fold the sides in towards the center, placing your ties at the folded crease. If you’re using hair ties or rubber bands as loops, loop these around the fabric. If you’re using string, place the center of the string in the folded crease and pull the straps tight
  5. Tuck one end of the fabric into the other
  6. Put the mask on your face and adjust the straps. Then, you can adjust the mask as needed to cover your nose and mouth.


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