Do you want to know how to make a face mask? What template should you follow in making a face mask? What are the materials that you can use? To help you decide, we have rounded up some of the best tutorials and patterns that we can find. Making face masks is affordable as compared to buying one, and you won’t be pulling valuable resources from the health care community.
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According to the CDC, cloth face coverings are not surgical or N95 face masks. Rather, you can make these kinds of masks are from various fabrics and materials that you already have at home. If you are interested in making and wearing a non-medical face mask, the choices of materials can be overwhelming. There are many DIY tutorials that you can find online. Some take a few minutes and requires no sewing, while others are more complex. There are tutorials and patterns for every skill level.
Cloth face coverings are not designed for Coronavirus. They are not an alternative to medical-grade face masks. These masks are the last resort due to the extreme shortage of medical face masks. The general public may use cloth face coverings in lower risk situations or when going out in a public setting. It is still best to stay indoors and maintain social distancing. Avoid touching your face and always wash your hands.
Face Masks Tutorials and Patterns
It does not matter if you do not know how to sew; you can still make a face mask that you can use and reuse. Most of the cloth face masks are washable and reusable so you can save money as compared to buying a disposable mask. Below are the tutorials and patterns that you can follow.
1. Bandana and Rubber Bands
One of the most common materials used when creating DIY face masks is bandanas. They are large enough to cover the face, and most are from soft and breathable fabrics. This tutorial shared by Kristin Omdahl on her YouTube channel is ideal for beginners. It is a quick and easy tutorial using two materials: a bandana and two rubber bands. It does not require any sewing and done in a few minutes. Take a look at the tutorial below.
✅ Video – DIY No-Sew Face Mask
Kristin shares how to fold the bandana to shape like a mask. Pay attention to how she folds the bandana. Using two rubber bands, she creates an ear-loop so that the cloth mask will stay on your face and will not fall off. You can try this simple DIY the next time you need to go out in a public setting.
We have also written an article that tackles how to make a face mask with rubber bands. For an in-depth discussion on the different ways to create a mask using rubber bands and for an in-depth discussion about the topic, read the post here.
2. Handkerchief and Hair Ties
Another pattern that you can do using the handkerchief is shared by the Japanese Creation site. The steps are almost the same as the one above but use two hair ties instead of using rubber bands. Hair ties are a great alternative if you do not have rubber bands at home. They are also elastic and will secure the mask around your face.
✅ Video – DIY Pleated Face Mask
The video below shows the step-by-step instruction on how to create a pleated face mask using a handkerchief and two hair ties. By folding the handkerchief, you can create pleats like that of the surgical masks. The hair ties will also secure the handkerchief on your face making sure that it will not fall off. Check out the tutorial below.
3. T-Shirt and Rubber Bands
This tutorial is shared by the CDC and is ideal for those who do not know how to sew. Children can even do this quick and easy method. If you have many old t-shirts at home, you can turn them into cloth face coverings. It is an inexpensive way to create a mask, and you will also be recycling those old t-shorts that have been sitting on your closet into a mask.
You can also check out this article that we have written about how to make a face mask without elastic. We have shared alternative materials that you can use for both sewn and no-sew face masks.
✅ Video – Make Your Own face Covering
In the video below, DR. Jerome Adams of the U.S. Surgeon General demonstrates how to create a face cover with the use of an old t-shirt and rubber bands. Cut out a section from the t-shirt and fold it according to the instructions to shape like a mask. Place a rubber on each end to secure the mask on your face. Check out the video below for the demonstration.
For more information about the different kinds of materials that you can use when creating face masks, you can also read this article about the best fabrics and materials for antiviral face masks. We have discussed the different kinds of fabrics and materials that are available and how effective they are when used as alternatives for antiviral face masks or cloth face coverings.
4. Headband Mask
Another tutorial shared by the ArtSun on their YouTube channel is how to make a headband, sleep mask, and mask face from an old t-shirt. It is a multi-functional and clever creation that you can easily do at home. It requires minimum sewing that you can either do with a machine or by hand. Check out the video below for the tutorial.
✅ Video – Three from One Headband and Mask
The video below demonstrates how to make a headband that van turns into a sleep mask and a face mask. Cut a section using an old t-shirt. You can add an extra layer of cloth for the nose and mouth area as an extra filter. There is no need for rubber bands or any elastic when making this type of mask. Watch the video below for the full tutorial.
5. Spare Fabric and Elastic
You can also create a face mask with the use of spare fabric and elastics. Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company shares a video on their YouTube channel on how to create a mask with the use of a few materials. The elastics will keep the mask in place, making sure that it will not fall off. You will also need some knowledge of sewing when making this mask. The good thing about fabric masks is that you can wash and reuse them. Check out the video below for the tutorial.
You can also check out this post about the best elastics for face masks that we have written. In the post, we have discussed the different kinds of elastics that you can use when making face masks. We have also provided video instructions and patterns that you can follow.
✅ Video – How to Make an Easy Face Mask that’s Washable and Reusable with Spare Fabric
In the video, Jenny demonstrates the right way to measure and sew the face masks. She cut the fabric according to a specific measurement and attached the elastics on the side. She also makes use of an iron to press the edges of the mask to make sure that it is nice and flat before sewing. Watch the video demonstration below.
6. Non-Elastic Face Mask
If you do not have elastic, you can still create a face mask that is adjustable using a fabric that you already have at home. Creating a mask is quick and easy. Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company is back to teach us how to make a face mask that is adjustable by using fabrics. It is a great option if you do not have elastic at home.
✅ Video – DIY Fabric Tie Face Mask
If you do not have elastic but would like to make sure that the mask stays on your face, you can use extra pieces of fabric to tie the mask around your face. Jenny demonstrates how to measure, cut, and sew the face mask so that it will perfectly fit around the face and head. Watch the video tutorial below.
7. Tightly Woven Cotton Fabrics
Foedtert shared a step-by-step instruction on how to create a face mask from tightly woven cotton fabrics. You can use high thread count sheets and pillow cases to create the mask. According to the instructions, the fabrics should be washed and dried on hot water to pre-shrink them before sewing. You can also create ties with the same fabric that you are using if you do not want to use elastics.
8. Cotton Face Mask
Face mask tutorials can be found in different online platforms. For instance, Juliana Sohn shared on her instagram account a pattern on how to create a face mask out of 100% cotton. She took photos of the measurements of the patterns and the steps and posted it on her account. She also provides tips on how to add filter into the masks for extra protection.
✅ Photo – Face Mask Tutorial From Juliana Sohn
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I know many people are busy mask making right now. In case you are stuck at home and wanted to make one, here’s an easy one I found online. These step by step photos should make it self explanatory to make, but let me know if you have questions. I left the side slot open because I was going to use it to slide in a filter to add extra protection to this two-ply, 100% cotton mask. I’ve read online that hepa vacuums bags can be cut up and used as mask filter. It’s hardcore DIY time folks! I used the small size to make this one and it fit my son, who is 5’9”, comfortably. It fit me too and I’m 5’3”. Link to the Fu Face Mask pdf pattern is in my bio. Note: These cloth masks are not intended to replace surgical masks or N95 masks. Any hospital that has requested homemade masks has no intention of using them to fight covid 19. They are put to use in other parts of the hospital. Since so many of us could be infected, asymptotic spreaders or carriers it’s so important that we all wear a mask when we go outside. . . . . . #masks #fufacemask #quarantine #covid-19 #coronavirus #makemasks #millionmaskmarch #facemask #masks4all
9. Face Mask with Filter Pockets
For an added level of protection for your face masks, you can also add filter pockets into it. This pattern shared by the ithinksew site tackles how to create a face mask with filter pockets. You will need wires, elastic bands, and a fabric to make the face mask. You can download the pattern on their site and try doing it at home.
✅ Video – DIY Reusable Mask
The ithinksew site also shares this video. After downloading the patterns on their website, you can watch the video for step-by-step instructions on how to make the face mask. You can create a mask with an interchangeable filter for added protection. Watch the video below.
10. Vacuum Cleaner Bag
Among the materials that you can use when making face masks are vacuum cleaner bags. The eTurboNews site has shared their pattern and tutorial on how to create a face mask using a vacuum cleaner bag. You can use the one that you are using for your vacuum. You will also need hair ties or rubber bands when making this mask.
We have also written an article about how to make a face mask with hair ties. In the article, we have gathered the different materials that are used to make ties for face masks. We have also shared tutorials and patterns on how to make face masks with hair ties. Check out the articles to learn the many ways to make face masks using various materials for hair ties.
✅ Video – Face Mask Using Vacuum Cleaner Bags
In the video below, a healthcare professional discusses how to create a face mask using a vacuum cleaner bag. He also shared the benefits that you can get from using vacuum cleaner bags when making face masks and why they are the safest material that you can use. Check out the video below for the instructions.
11. Tissue Paper
Another material that you can use in making face masks is tissue paper. This material is not the safest because it can easily get wet and damaged. However, many people are still using to cover their faces when going out in a public setting. This tutorial from the BKReader site discusses how to create face masks using paper towels. It is easy to do and requires no sewing. Make sure that you throw the face mask properly after use.
We have also written an article that tackles how to make a face mask with paper towels. Check out the article for patterns and tutorials that you can use for making paper towel face masks.
✅ Video – Tissue Paper Face Mask
The video below shows the step-by-step instructions on how to use tissue paper as a face mask. As an added protection gear, the video also shares how to create a face shield using a file folder. Wear the face shield on your face after wearing the face mask. It will prevent the tissue paper from easily getting wet or damaged while you are wearing it. Watch the video below for the demonstration.
12. Paper Towel Mask
Another option that you have is a paper towel. It is a common household item that you can find in your kitchen. You can make a mask out of it. However, like the tissue paper face mask, you also need to dispose of the paper towel mask after use. This video shared on YouTube by Maison ZiZou tackles how to create a face mask from a paper towel under five minutes. It is quick and easy to do.
✅ Video – Disposable Mask from paper Towel
The video below shows the step-by-step instructions on how to make a face mask from a paper towel. Maison shared this easy to do a mask on her YouTube Channel. All that you need are paper towels, elastic cord, and glue. Fold the paper towel to make pleats and make sure that it stays in place by applying glue. Then, attach elastic cords on the sides that will act as ear-loops for the mask. Check out the video below for the demonstration.
We have also written this article that tackles how to make a pleated face mask. Check out the article for patterns and tutorials that you can use.
13. Dish Towel
This video tutorial from the tom’s guide site shows how to create a face mask using dish towels. For the ear loops, you can use bra straps, bathing suit straps, hair ties, or rubber bands. You will need some sewing skills for this. If you do not have a sewing machine, you can sew the dish towel by hand. Check out the site for the complete tutorial.
Check out this post about how to make face masks with hair ties for more patterns and tutorials. We have shared different ways on how to make a mask using hair ties as ear loops. It is an ideal alternative if you do not have elastics or rubber bands at home.
14. Coffee Filter
You can also use a coffee filter when making a face mask. Either make a pocket on the mask to insert the coffee filter for added protection, or you can make a whole mask out of the coffee filter. Kathryn shares the video below that from the Do It On A Dime YouTube channel. It shows how to create a face mask using coffee filters, rubber bands, and some paper clips. Watch the video below for the tutorial.
✅ Video – Coffee Filter Face Masks
With the use of three simple materials, you can create a face mask that will filter the air that you breathe. Make sure that you fold the coffee filter accordingly, like what is shown on the video below to seal it. Check out the step-by-step tutorial. (The coffee filter tutorial starts on 1:24)
15. Pillow Case
Tech Made Easy shared on their YouTube channel on how to make a face mask with the use of a pillowcase and some rubber bands. The mask is easy to do and takes only a few minutes. You can choose any pillowcase that you have at home. This mask is reusable and washable. Make sure that you wash it after every use.
✅ Video – Washable Face Mask Using a Pillow Case
The video below shows how to make a face mask using a pillowcase. It is a no-sew tutorial. All that you need is a pillowcase and two rubber bands. Simply fold the pillowcase so that it will perfectly fit into your face. Place a rubber band at each side to keep the mask in place. Watch the tutorial below.
A video shared by the Headcovers.com on their YouTube channel shows how to make a no-sew face mask using a scarf. All that you need are a scarf and some rubber bands or hair ties to create an ear loop. It is easy to do and will only take a few minutes. It is your best choice if you need a temporary cloth face cover.
✅ Video – Scarf As A Face Mask
In the video below, Tiffany from the Headcovers.com demonstrates how to create a face mask using a scarf and two rubber bands. You can also demonstrate how to tie to scarf around your head as a makeshift face mask and use the rubber band or hair tie to make sure that it stays on your face and will not fall off. Watch the tutorial below.
17. Non-Woven Polypropylene Reusable Grocery Bag
According to the Popular Science site, you can also use a reusable grocery bag that is made from non-woven polypropylene to make a face mask. They have shared a step by step instruction with images on their website on how to create the mask. You will also need two pipe cleaners or plastic coated twist ties.
18. Easy Face Mask Pattern
The Sew Can She site shares this pattern. She is using the Olson face mask pattern. You can find the free pattern on her website. For this particular pattern, you will need a sewing machine to sew each pattern together and form a mask. If you are good at sewing and have a sewing machine at home, you can try doing this face mask.
We have also written this article that tackles the best adjustable face masks. Check out the article for a list of products that you can choose from.
✅ Video – Face Mask Pattern
Check out the video below for a tutorial on how to sew the patterns together so that you can create a reusable face mask. You can use a fabric of your choice in creating the mask. If you are familiar with sewing using a machine, then it will be easy for you to do this mask. Watch the video below for the tutorial.
19. Face Mask Sewing Pattern
Another pattern that you can follow is shared by the Craft Passion site. This pattern also requires sewing. She has shared free downloadable face mask patterns in various options, which includes a normal face mask, face mask with a pocket filter insert or as a surgical mask cover, and a removable nose wire add on. You can choose an option that you want to download and make.
✅ Video – Face Mask with Pockets for Filter
Below is the video tutorial on how to make a mask with pockets for filter from the patterns shared by the Craft Passion site. In the video, she shows the different patterns that make up a face mask with pockets. You can choose the fabric that you want to create the mask. She also shows how to sew each separate pattern to create a mask. Check out the video tutorial below.
20. Fabric Face Mask Pattern
STATE the label which is a clothing brand has also shared patterns on their Instagram site on how to create a face mask using cotton jersey or cotton woven fabrics. According to their post, Amanda, who is their seamstress, has been meeting with ER nurses at the local hospital to work together and design a mask that works for them. You can print the patterns and use it to create your own face mask.
✅ Photo – Face Mask Pattern From STATE the Label
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Like so many others, we are rallying to sew masks for our local healthcare providers. Our seamstress Amanda has been meeting with ER nurses at the local hospital and worked together to design a mask that works for them. These are just made out of fabric (ideally cotton jersey or a cotton woven) along with some thin elastic for straps, and can be easily sewn on home sewing machines. They are not medical grade but are better than no protection at all – which sadly is what many hospitals are now facing. We whipped up a pattern and have it available for download on our website. I will link to it here in our profile. Please feel free to print these out, follow directions, and sew as many masks as you can for your local Hospitals. Starting Monday we will also have bags of scraps and supplies available outside our studio. Follow the link to read all the details and please feel free to share. 💪🏼⚡️ thank you @tincup and AK for making this happen so quickly. 🌈 we set up a link on the page where you can donate if you wish. All proceeds go directly to our seamstresses who would love the extra work right now. ❤️
21. Approved Pattern Information for Homemade Masks
The Great Falls Clinic has released approved patters for homemade masks on their website. You can find the materials that you can use as well as the dimensions for both the face masks and ear loops. They have also provided approved alternatives or substitutions in case a material is unavailable.
We have also written this article that tackles polyester and if it is good material for face mask. Check out the article for more information.
We hope that you have decided on the best options that you can use to make a DIY face mask from this list of free face mask tutorials and patterns that we have gathered. There are many tutorials and patterns that you can choose. Of course, you also need to consider your sewing expertise. If you are not that good at sewing or do not have a sewing machine at home, you can choose to make no-sew face masks. On the other hand, you can create a sewn and embellished face mask if you are a skilled sewer. Bear in mind that these masks are not a substitute for medical face masks. Though you are wearing them when going out in a public setting, you still need to wash your hands and maintain social distancing.