If you are searching for ways on how to make a face mask with hair ties, you have come to the right place. To help you solve your dilemma, we have shared different ways on how to make a simple face mask using an item that you most probably have at home, which is hair ties. We have gathered patterns and tutorials that you can easily follow. You do not know how to sew? That’s alright. We have also shared no-sew patterns specifically for those who are not good with needlework.
How to make a face mask with hair ties? If you want a simple face mask without sewing, you can use hair ties for ear loops. The hair ties will make sure that the mask stays on your face and will not fall off while you are walking or moving your head. Because they require no sewing, it will take only a few minutes to make the masks.
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As the world navigates through the Coronavirus pandemic, more efforts are exerted to reduce the spread of the virus. The CDC now recommends wearing a cloth face cover. The reason for this is that there are asymptomatic carriers who can spread the virus without knowing it. When people go out in a public setting, they recommend wearing face masks. These are non-medical grade face masks made from simple materials like handkerchiefs, scarves, and bandanas. Read the rest of the post below for patterns and tutorials that you can follow.
DIY Face Mask Using Bandana and Scrunchies
If you have a bandana lying around on your closet, you can use that as a material for your face mask. Now, all that you need are two hair ties and you can start making the face mask. A video tutorial shared by Bridget on her Instagram account shows how to make a simple face mask using a bandana and a pair of scrunchies.
✅ Video – DIY Face Mask Using Scrunchies and a Bandana
In the video below, Bridget who is also a hairstylist demonstrates how to make a face mask using scrunchies and a bandana. You can easily follow how she folds the bandana and attaches the scrunchies at both ends. It is a simple way to create a face mask if you do not know how to sew. Check out the video tutorial below.
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Over here making masks 😷 I actually sent this to my mom in AZ because she can’t find masks anywhere. Never have I ever appreciated a bandana and scrunchies more! Hope everyone stays protected! 💛 #covid19 #diy #hairstylist #scrunchies #bandanna #prevention #everylittlebithelps Health care professionals suggest: Wash hands before touching and/or putting mask on. Once mask is on, do not touch, adjust or play with mask. Take off and wash hands immediately. Wash bandanna after use. 🙌🏻😷
Homemade Face Mask Using Fabric and Hair Ties
If you have a scrap of fabrics at home, you can also use that to make a face mask. The Jolly Jabber site shares a tutorial on how to make a mask using fabrics and two hair ties. They have provided various size options that you can choose. Moreover, they share a pattern that you can download and print. Follow the steps below.
- 2 fabrics
- 2 hair ties
- Coordinating thread
- Fold under 1/8 inches lengthwise on inner and outer fabrics (topstitch)
- Place fabrics right sides together
- Stitch using 1/4 inches seam allowance around the edges
- Leave 3 inches opening along the top (backstitch)
- Trim the four corners to the stitches to remove the bulk
- Flip mask inside out and press well with iron
- Make pleats by folding mask in a zigzag pattern every 3/4 inches
- Press well with iron
- Insert elastic hair ties and pin in place
- Topstitch making sure to avoid the hair tie (backstitch)
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 with Hair Ties
The video below shared by Mr. Crafts on YouTube tackles how to make a face mask using hair ties and fabrics. It demonstrates how to cut the fabric using a pattern. You do not need a sewing machine to make this mask. You can simply hand stitch to sew the mask together. The tutorial also shows how to attach and sew the hair tie into the mask. Watch the video below.
No-Sew Face Mask Using Hair Ties and Handkerchief
Another way to create a simple face mask is to use handkerchief and hair ties. You can do this in just a few minutes. The Japanese Creations site shared information and steps on how to create the mask. It is an easy method that even kids can do. If you are in a hurry and need to have a face mask, you can create this simple and quick mask with hair ties and handkerchief. Follow the steps below.
- 2 hair ties
- Place the handkerchief face down
- Fold the top to the center
- Next, fold the bottom to the center the flip over
- Fold the top to the center
- Then fold the bottom to the center then flip over
- Thread the ends of the handkerchief through the hair ties
- Fold the sides of the handkerchief then flip over
We have also written this article that tackles the best materials to use in place of elastics. Check out the article for more tips and information.
✅ Video – Pleated Face Mask Using Hair Ties
The video below is shared by the Japanese Creations site on their YouTube channel. It demonstrates how to make a face mask with the same materials and steps as above. It is a simple and easy face mask that you can do without sewing. Check out the video below if you want to watch how the mask is done.
Simple Face Mask Using T-shirt and Hair Ties
If you have plenty of old t-shirts that you no longer wear and stocked in your closet, you can turn them into a face mask. How can this be done? The Passion for Savings site shared a tutorial on how to make a face mask using t-shirts and hair ties. It is an easy, no-sew face mask that you can do in just a few minutes. Check out the steps in making the face mask below.
- Tightly-woven t-shirt
- 2 hair ties
- 2 safety pins
- Start by cutting off the neck and sleeves of an old Shirt or Tank Top
- Cut up the sides removing the seams from each side of the shirt (adjust the size if you need a smaller or larger face mask)
- Fold your fabric in thirds horizontally
- Add one hair tie to each end of the fabric so that it looks like a bow-tie
- Fold the Fabric in thirds vertically tucking the raw edges into the finished edge
- Safety pin the fabric that is tucked inside the end of the other side from the middle of the face mask using 2 Safety Pins
✅ Video – How to Make a Face Mask Using T-shirt and Hair Ties
Tripta shares the video below on YouTube. It tackles how to make a face mask using a t-shirt and hair ties. To sew the mask together, she used a hand-stitch method without using a sewing machine. It is an ideal mask that you can do if you know how to do hand stitches. In the video, she demonstrates how to make a template on a piece of paper and how to measure the t-shirt. She also showed how to attach and stitch the hair ties into the mask. Watch the video below for the tutorial.
Tips on How to Make a Face Mask with Hair Ties
To make sure that the health workers will have an adequate supply of medical face masks, the CDC recommends that the general public should wear cloth face coverings. There are a lot of tutorials and patterns that you can follow if you want to create your face mask. You can choose from a wide array of materials that are available like fabrics and hair ties. Below are some tips on how you can make a face mask with hair ties.
Choose a Fabric
According to the CDC, you can use tightly woven yet breathable materials when making cloth face coverings. They have also included on their website some instructions on how to use cotton bandana or t-shirt to make a face mask. You can also use multiple layers of fabrics and add a filter into the mask. You can make do with the materials that you have at home like pillowcases, bedsheets, or bandanas as long as they are from tightly-woven or cotton fabrics.
Choose fabrics that:
- Can reduce virus transmission to and from the mouth and nose
- Can easily wrap around the face and are also comfortable next to the skin
- Are easy to sanitize, wash, and dry
If you want a disposable face mask, you can use paper towels. We have written this article that tackles how to make a face mask with paper towel. Check out the article for tutorials and patterns that you can use.
Make it Comfortable
When making the mask, make sure that you measure it on your face so that it fits snuggly. There should be no gaps between your face and the mask. On the other hand, you also want the face mask to be comfortable so that you will not be tempted to touch or adjust the mask. Also, make sure that the mask is made from breathable material and will not make you feel suffocated.
Wearing the Mask
Make sure that you are wearing the mask properly. A mask is of no use when it does not fit tightly into the face, and there are gaps wherein the virus can enter. According to the Rochester Regional Health, the following are how you should wear the mask.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Inspect your face covering for holes or tears
- Place covering over your mouth
- Hold by ear loops and place a loop around each ear
- Pull the covering over the bridge of your nose, mouth, and chin
Removing the Mask
When removing the mask, take it off by the hair ties rather than touching the front of the mask. It will make sure that any bacteria present in front of the mask will not transfer into your hands. According to the CDC, you need to be extra careful not to touch the front of your mask and your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your face covering. Do not forget to wash your hands after handling your mask.
Washing the Mask
The CDC has provided general guidelines on how to properly clean cloth and fabric masks:
- Fabric face masks should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use
- A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering
- Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and
- wash hands immediately after removing
Where Can I Download Face Mask Patterns?
You can download face mask patterns online for free. You can also watch videos that tackle how to make a template or pattern according to your face measurement. We have also written this article about the different face mask patterns and tutorials that you can follow. We have provided tutorials for both sewn and no-sew patterns.
What If I Have No Hair Ties?
Rubber bands will be an ideal alternative if you do not have hair ties. They are elastic and will also make a good ear loop for the mask. For more information on how to make a face mask using rubber bands, you can check out the post that we have written. We have tackled the different ways on how to make face masks using various materials like bandanas and t-shirts with the use of rubber bands.
Are Elastics Also Good For Making Face Masks?
Yes, elastics are ideal for making earloops for face masks. They are usually used in sewing, so most elastics can work with various fabrics. They are also stretchable and will not easily deform when washed in hot water. Read this article that tackles how to make face masks with elastics for more tips and information. We have shared the top elastic products that you can purchase and use for making face masks. We have also shared tutorials on how to make face masks using elastics.
You have reached the end of this post that tackles how to make a face mask with hair ties. We hope that the patterns and tutorials that we have shared have helped you in making a simple face mask using materials that you have and hair ties. Do not forget to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Thank you for reading!