Find out how to make a face mask without elastic. Are you planning to make your own face mask but you do not have elastic at home? If you do not have the time to purchase elastic or you do not want to order online and wait for days for your package to arrive, you can make do with the materials that you have at home. There are many materials that you can use as an alternative to elastic.
How to make a face mask without elastic? You can use rubber bands, hair ties, ribbons, fabric, and many more. Rubber bands and hair ties are stretchable which makes them an ideal substitute for elastics. Ribbons and fabrics can be tied around the head for a perfect fit.
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To help you get started in making face masks without elastic, we have shared tutorials and patterns that you can follow. We have gathered a list of the best materials that can be used as an alternative to elastic. The tutorials below are suitable for every skill level. Check out the rest of the article for more information.
DIY Face Mask with Hair Ties
Among the materials that you can use when making a face mask without elastic are hair ties. If you happen to have hair ties at home, then you can use them as earloops for your DIY face mask. Simply attach the hair ties at both ends of the fabric and secure it by folding the ends together. It is the perfect material for no-sew face masks.
How to Make a Face Mask with Hair Ties
The Evening Strand shared a tutorial on how to make a face mask hair ties. You can use a bandana, handkerchief, of a tightly woven fabric as the main material for the face mask. It only takes a few minutes to make and it is ideal if you need to come up with a face mask quickly. Check out the tutorial below.
- Cotton material of your choice: bandana, handkerchief, or tightly woven cotton fabric about 18″-20″ square
- Two hair ties
- Fabric glue
- Lay the piece of fabric flat. Fold the top and bottom inward to meet in the middle. Then, fold the bandana in half again. There will be four layers of fabric.
- Use two hair ties to create ear loops. Slip one hair tie over each of the ends. Slide the hair ties a few inches toward the middle of the folded bandana.
- Fold the ends of the bandana in to meet in the middle. You want the ends to overlap slightly, so you can tuck one end into the other. This will help keep the ends secure.
- Wear the mask with the smooth side out and the ends against your face.
We have also written this article that tackles how to make a face mask with hair ties. Check out the article for more ideas on how to create your own mask using hair ties.
✅ Video – Face Mask with Hair Ties
Bridget Brager shared the video below on her Instagram account. She demonstrates how to make a face mask using a bandana and two scrunchies. It is a quick and easy way to make your own face mask. Watch the video below the demonstration.
Homemade Face Mask with Fabric Straps
If you have some skills in sewing and have a sewing machine at home, you can make a face mask with fabric straps. The fabric straps should be long enough so that it can be tied at the back of your head. You can choose the same fabric as the face mask or you can choose another pattern for a more attractive look. Fabric strips are a good substitute for elastic.
How to Make a Face Mask with Fabric Straps
Laura shared a tutorial on her Slice of Pi Quilts website. She provides a step-by-step guide on how to make a face mask with fabric strips. She has also included suggestions or alternatives supplied for the materials that she is using. If you have a sewing machine at home, this is a good face mask that you can make. Check out the materials and steps on how to make the mask below.
- Pre-washed fabric (sland Batik fabric)
- Thread (Aurifil 50wt)
- Optional: Lightweight fusible interfacing (Pellon 911FF)
- Pipe cleaners or chenille stems
- Cut (1) 8″ x 14″ rectangle from 100% cotton fabric. If making a mask for a child aged 2-8, cut the rectangle 7″ x 13″. Optional: Cut (1) 8″ x 14″ rectangle from lightweight fusible interfacing. Cut (2) 2″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips from 100% cotton fabric.
- Press the fabric rectangle onto the interfacing rectangle following the manufacturer’s directions.
- Fold the fabric rectangle in half, right sides together.
- Use a 1/4″ seam and stitch along the edge opposite the fold. Turn the tube right side out.
- With the seam along the bottom edge, press flat.
- Stitch along the folded edge, 1/2″ away from the fold.
- Fold one pipe cleaner in half, then insert it into the tiny sleeve just created. Put the folded end in first and use your seam ripper or stiletto to push it in farther so that it is centered in the sleeve.
- Lay the rectangle on your cutting mat, aligning the top edge with a horizontal inch line.
- Find the horizontal line that is 1 1/2″ down from the top edge. Fold the rectangle up along that line. Finger press.
- Fold the rectangle back down along the line that is 1″ from the top. This will create a 1/2″ pleat. Finger press. Use quilt clips on both ends to hold the pleat in place.
- Find the horizontal line that is 2″ down from the top edge of the rectangle. Fold the bottom of the rectangle up along that line. Finger press.
- Fold the rectangle back down along the line that is 1 1/2″ down from the top edge. This creates a second 1/2″ pleat. Finger press. Hold with quilt clips.
- Find the horizontal line that is 2 1/2″ down from the top edge. Fold the bottom of the rectangle up along that line. Finger press.
- Fold the rectangle back down along the line that is 2″ down from the top edge. This creates the third and final 1/2″ pleat. Finger press. Use quilt clips on both ends.
- Using 1/8″ seam allowance, stitch along the right side of the mask to secure the pleats. Use a stiletto if needed to keep the pleats down as they go under the presser foot.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Use a 1″ bias tape maker to press the long fabric strips.
- Fold one strip in half to find the center.
- Place the strip vertically (wrong side up!) along the right side of the mask (pipe cleaner should be at the top). Center the mask with the centerfold of the strip.
- Place the mask on top of the strip so that the right mask edge is almost to the center of the strip.
- Fold the right edge over the top of the mask. Clip-in place.
- Repeat on the other side. Fold the strip in half to find center; center along the left edge of the mask. Lay the mask on top of the strip, almost to the center. Fold over the other edge of the strip. Clip-in place.
- Fold over the end of a strip about 1/2″ toward the wrong side.
- Fold the strip in half.
- Stitch across the end of the strip.
- Pivot the strip and speed sew along the edge of the strip.
- Remove the clips as you get to them and continue to sew all the way to the other end of the strip.
- When about 4″ from the end, fold over the end just like at the beginning. Continue sewing to the end, then pivot the strip and sew across the end.
- Repeat for the second strip.
✅ Video – How to Sew a Fabric Mask with Ties
Erica Arndt shared the tutorial below on her YouTube channel. She demonstrates how to sew a face mask with fabric ties. If you want a visual tutorial for making your own masks, you can watch the video below.
Quick and Easy Face Mask with Rubber Bands
Another substitute that you can use for elastic is rubber bands. They are easy to purchase and chances are you already have them at home. Rubber bands are stretchable and its shape makes it ideal for the ear loops of the face mask. They are ideal if you will use the face mask for a short time only. Some people may find it uncomfortable when a rubber band is tucked behind their ears. It can cause irritation and redness.
How to Make a Face Mask with Rubber Bands
The Good Housekeeping website shared a tutorial on how to make a face mask with rubber bands. Following this tutorial, you can easily create a mask in just a few minutes. There is no need for sewing to finish this mask. All that you need is a bandana or a handkerchief will do. Check out the tutorial below.
- Coffee filter
- Twist tie or paper clip
- Rubber bands
- Layout a bandana or cut a 22″x 22″ square of cotton fabric.
- Place a flat coffee filter in the center of the square (optional).
- Fold the top and bottom in towards the center.
- Place a twist tie, paper clip, or other metal pieces close to the top (optional).
- Fold the top and bottom in towards the center.
- Next, fold the sides in towards the center, placing your ties at the folded crease. If you’re using rubber bands or hair ties, loop these around the fabric.
- Tuck one end of the fabric into the other.
- Lift the mask to your face and secure the straps. For hair ties and rubber bands, loop them over each ear.
- Adjust as needed, making sure your mouth and nose are completely covered
You can also check out this article about how to make a face mask with rubber bands. We have shared tutorials and patterns that you can follow for your DIY face mask.
✅ Video – No-Sew DIY Face Mask with Rubber Bands
Playful Cousins’ World shared a video tutorial on how to make a no-sew DIY face mask using a handkerchief and rubber bands. This is the ideal solution if you are in need of a face mask that is quick and easy to make. Check out the video for the demonstration.
Face Mask Using Ribbons
If you run out of elastics, you can also use ribbons to make your face mask. Ribbons are easy to find and you can purchase them at any craft store. They are easy to work with and also make your face mask more attractive. On the other hand, you need to be very careful when washing the ribbons because they might easily tear. It is best if you hand wash them and choose the most durable ribbon to use for making your face mask.
How to Make a Face Mask Using Ribbons
The Madam Sew website shared a tutorial on how to make a face mask using ribbons. You will need a sewing machine to make the face mask. The ribbons will be tied at the back of your head. Choose the right length of ribbons so that you can easily adjust it for the mask to fit your face perfectly. Check out the tutorial below for the materials and steps.
- 2 pieces of fabric: 8-inch x 8 inch
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric: 8-inch x 8 inch
- Measure 1 inch and press a hem of 1 inch (towards the wrong side) at one side. The filter will be put behind these turn-ups. This is the bottom side of the mask.
- Attach the top sides of the inner and outer fabric together with a ¼ inch seam allowance, right sides facing.
- Mark and iron on the fold lines on both the inner and outer fabric and stitch down at ¼”. The pleats have to be facing down both on the inside and outside.
- Start measuring at the top of the fabric pieces on the right side where you’ve sewn them together.
- Start folding the mask for the pleats.
- Press all folds. Sew the folds down at the edges at ¼ inch.
- Cut 4 cotton ribbons 15 inches in length. You can use bias tape that you’ve sewn together, or pre-made ribbons, or make them yourself from fabric strips.
- Pin the 4 ribbons (or the elastic) to the right side of the inner fabric at the marked points. Place the raw edge of the ribbon or elastic on the edge of the fabric.
- Pin the 2 pieces together, right sides facing. Sew the 2 sides together with a 1/2” seam allowance. The bottom side can stay open or you can close it with a topstitch
- Turn the mask to the right side. It’s ready to wear.
We have also written this article that tackles the best black elastic for face masks. If you are interested in making a face mask with elastics, you can take a look at the list of products that we have shared.
✅ Video – How to Sew a Face Mask Using Ribbons
Authentically Amber shared the video on her YouTube channel. It shows how to sew a face mask using ribbons. Watch the video below to follow the visual demonstration.
Thank you for reading this article that tackles how to make a face mask without elastic. There are many alternatives that you can use for elastics. The alternatives mentioned above works effectively when it comes to securing the face mask on your face. You can choose a material that you can easily find at home. Rubber bands and hair ties are perfect if you want to make a no-sew face mask. On the other hand, ribbons and fabric straps needs to be sewn into the masks.