You can make face masks using simple materials like cloth and rubber bands. The CDC now recommends the general public to wear cloth face coverings as a voluntary health measure to help slow down the spread of Coronavirus. If buying a mask or sewing one is not ideal for you, you can easily make a DIY face mask using simple materials you already have at home like rubber bands.
How to make a face mask with rubber bands? The CDC shared some tips on how to create a face mask using a t-shirt and two rubber bands. Cut a square on the t-shirt. Fold it to the middle from the bottom, then to the middle from the top. Repeat the same process twice. Place one rubber band on each side of the cloth and fold the edges to the middle and you have yourself a no-sew face mask.
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Homemade DIY face masks are a great choice and can be more comfortable and practical as compared to tying a bandana or scarf around your face. Many people are sewing their face masks as a last resort, but if you do not have any talent for sewing, do not fret because you can quickly make a cloth face mask with a couple of items and no sewing involved.
DIY Face Mask Using a Bandana and Rubber Bands
You can create a face mask in about five minutes. There is no need to shop for supplies because you can use an old bandana that you have been keeping in your closet and two rubber bands. This method is shared by the Spruce. Check out the steps on how to make the simple face mask below.
- 2 rubber bands
- Lay the fabric flat on the table with the patterned side facing downwards and backside facing up.
- Fold the top edge down until it reaches the center of the fabric.
- Fold the bottom edge up until it reaches the center of the fabric meets the top edge that you folded down.
- Complete two more folds by folding the top down to the middle and the bottom up to the middle. It creates pleats that will make the mask fit your face.
- Fold the right and left sides of the fabric towards the center. You now have a smaller piece of fabric in the shape of a rectangle.
- Slip the rubber bands on each end of the folded fabric leaving a few inches on end.
- You can now wear your DIY face mask.
These masks are reusable and easy to clean. Simply remove the mask after use and put the bandana on the washing machine. You should wash the face mask after every use.
Check out this post about the best cloth face masks that we have written. We have gathered a list of the best cloth face masks that you can purchase. Moreover, we have provided information on the factors that need to be considered when purchasing cloth face masks online.
✅ Video – DIY No-Sew Face Mask
This YouTube tutorial, shared by Kristin Omdahl on her channel, follows the same steps as the one above. Bear in mind when fitting your mask, the edges should fit snuggly against your skin. These masks are helpful for those who are venturing out in public to buy groceries or run essential errands.
Homemade Face Mask Using Handkerchief and Rubber Bands
Another tutorial on how to create a face mask using rubber bands is shared by the Japanese Creations site. They are using hair ties instead of rubber bands. That is also a great alternative if you cannot find any rubber bands at home. You can use two regular hair ties.
- 2 rubber bands/hair ties
- Place the handkerchief face down.
- Fold the top to the center.
- Fold the bottom to the center.
- Flip over the handkerchief and fold the top to the center once more.
- Fold the bottom to the center.
- Flip over the handkerchief and thread the ends through the hair ties.
- Fold the ends of the handkerchief, and your mask is now ready to use.
It is a great alternative if you do not know how to sew. Using rubber bands or hair ties will secure the mask into your face making sure that it will not fall off. It is a quick and easy solution to have a face mask that you can use when going out. However, homemade masks are not a substitute for medical masks.
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 – Pleated Face Mask Using Handkerchief and Hair Ties
For an actual demonstration of the steps above, you can watch the video below. You can easily make a pleated face mask that is secured on your face using two simple materials.
Disposable Face Mask Using Vacuum Cleaner Bags and Rubber Bands
Another item that you can use around your home is a vacuum cleaner bag. Aside from cloth, this is also a good material for making a homemade face mask. The steps and methods below are from the Kimkomando site. Check out the instructions below.
- Vacuum cleaner bag
- Paperclip/thin wires
- Rubber bands
- Cut the vacuum bag into a rectangle making sure that all layers are together.
- With the inside of the bag facing upwards, fold twice along the bottom and top.
- Fold the bottom corner of the bag.
- Using a paperclip or thin wire, straighten the vacuum bag.
- Take two rubber bands and fold the edges of the bag around them. Secure the folds by stapling them.
- Push the straightened wire through the center of the top. Provide an inch of space and push the end back through.
- Stretch the rubber bands around your ears to hold the mask against your face. Pinch the wire to secure the nose area.
It is a good option if you want to have a disposable mask. As compared to cloths, you cannot wash a vacuum cleaner bag. Make sure that you dispose of the mask after every use. We have also written this post about the different face mask tutorials and patterns. In the post, we have shared various videos, patterns, and instructions on how to make a face mask. We have provided tutorials for sewn and no-sew face masks.
✅ Video – How to Make a Face Mask Out of a Vacuum Bag and Pipe Cleaners
The video below tackles how to make a face mask from a vacuum bag and pipe cleaners. It is also another option that you can opt for if you want to create your face mask. According to the video, researchers at Cambridge University found that vacuum bags filtered out 94 percent of tiny particles that spread many diseases. Check out the video below to find out how to make one.
Face Mask Using Cotton Fabric, Coffee Filter, and Rubber Bands
You can also double the protection that you can get from a mask by putting a coffee filter in the middle of the fabric. This method is shared by the Readers Digest site. It is an easy face mask that you can make if you do not want to purchase a mask or if you are not good at sewing. Check out the materials and procedure below.
- Cotton fabric/bandana
- Coffee filter
- Rubber band/hair ties
- Fold the fabric in half.
- Next, fold the coffee filter in half and place it in the center of the folded fabric.
- Fold the bottom third of the fabric up, then fold the top third of the fabric down.
- Loop one rubber band around each of the folded fabric.
- Fold each end of the fabric towards the center and tuck them into each other.
- Adjust the mask to make sure that it covers your mouth and nose.
Avoid touching the fabric in front of the mask and make sure to discard to coffee filter after every use. Wash the fabric with hot water and detergent to make sure that it is clean. Check out this post about the best elastics for face masks. We have gathered the best elastic products that you can purchase and use for your homemade mask. We have also shared tutorials on how to make face masks with elastic ear loops.
✅ Video – No-Sew Face Mask
Below is a video shared by Kathryn. She demonstrates how to do a face mask using fabrics and coffee filters. These masks are not a substitute for medical masks, but they can be used to help slow the spread of the virus. Check out the video below for the instructions.
What Fabrics Can I Use?
There are many kinds of fabrics and materials that you can use when creating homemade face masks. According to the experts, you should use tightly-woven, thicker fabrics are best. Dr. Scott Segal, Chair of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health said, “You want a high thread count, heavy cotton fabric. It’s sometimes referred to as ‘quilters cotton’ as opposed to the lower-grade, more open weave, printed cotton fabrics that you might find at a large discount fabric store. You also need two layers of fabric. The sandwich made between makes it harder for particles to find their way through.”
You can check out this post about the best fabrics and materials for face masks for more information. We have tackled the different kinds of materials that you can choose from and which of them are the most effective when it comes to filtering small particles.
I Cannot Sew, What Patterns Should I Use?
There is no standard design when it comes to creating DIY masks. You can find various patterns online that you can follow. Studies show that covering your face with a cloth face mask is better than wearing no mask at all. The CDC has shared a few patterns that you can sue if you do not know how to sew. These patterns include using coffee filters, old t-shirts, and rubber bands.
Can’t I Just Use A Surgical Mask or Respirators?
The CDC asks that surgical masks or respirators should be saved for health workers exposed to a far higher dose of the virus as compared to what a person can encounter on a quick trip to the pharmacy or grocery store.
You have reached the end of this post that tackles how to make a facemask with rubber bands. We hope that we have provided answers to your questions and that the patterns and methods that we have shared can help you in making a mask that you can use when going out in a public setting. Making a DIY mask requires a few materials. They are easy to make, and if you do not know how to sew, there are always no-sew patterns that you can follow. Thank you for reading!