There are many ways on how to make a face mask without a sewing machine. It may not be as secure as compared to a sewn mask, but it is an ideal option for those who do not know how to sew. A no-sew face mask is also a zero-waste option because you will be using materials that you already have at home. Most of the materials used in making the mask are washable, while others like tissue paper and paper towels need to be disposed of after each use.
How to make a face mask without a sewing machine? If you do not own a sewing machine, you can still make a face mask using household items like a bandana, paper towel, rubber bands, and scarf. A no-sew face mask is easy to make and will only take a few minutes of your time. You can choose the materials that you would like to use. Use the materials that you already have at home like old t-shirts and handkerchiefs.
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To help you get started, we have gathered different tutorials that you can follow. We have provided the list of materials that you will need as well as the step-by-step instructions. Moreover, we have video tutorials that you can watch. We have everything covered from reusable materials like cloth and fabric to disposable ones like paper towels.
Bandana and Hair Ties No-Sew Face Mask
You can easily make a face mask using two materials which are bandana and hair ties. The tutorial below is shared by the Star Advertiser. Aside from the two materials, a paper coffee filter is also used for added protection. It is a quick and easy way to make a face mask that you can try at home. Check out the tutorial below.
- Hair Ties
- Paper Coffee Filter
- Fold bandana in half.
- Place paper coffee filter in the center of the fabric.
- Fold the bottom fabric up. Fold the top fabric down.
- Place rubber bands or hair ties about 6 inches apart.
- Fold both sides of the fabric to the middle then tuck.
- Wear fabric face mask outside in public settings.
We have also written this article about how to make a face mask with hair ties. We have shared a list of videos and tutorials that you can follow. Also, we have provided some tips on how to secure the hair ties into the face mask.
✅ Video – Bandana Face Mask with Hair Ties
The video below is shared by Vidah on YouTube. It demonstrates how to make a no-sew face mask using a bandana and hair ties. First, the bandana is folded and the hair ties are attached at each end. For an added layer of protection, a coffee filter can be added in between the layer of the bandana. Watch the video for the tutorial.
We have also written this article that tackles activated carbon face masks and filter inserts. Check out the article to find out how this type of face mask provides an added layer of protection.
No-Sew T-Shirt Face Mask
Another way to make a face mask without a sewing machine is by using a t-shirt. A cotton t-short is your best choice or something made from tightly-woven materials. You can also make the ties from the same t-shirt. The video below is shared by Michael Stores on YouTube. Check out the video tutorial below.
✅ Video – T-Shirt Face Mask
The video below shared by the Michaels Store on YouTube demonstrates how to make a face mask from a t-shirt. Fold the t-shirt lengthwise and cut the bottom by 8 inches. Unfold the t-shirt and trim off one end leaving 14 inches of length. On the open side, cut two 1 inch straps that are 2 inches long. Cut and remove the rectangle between the straps. The face mask is not ready to wear. Watch the video below for the demonstration.
How to Make a Face Mask with Fabric without Sewing
Even if you do not know how to sew, you can still make a face mask. All that you need are some fabric and elastics. You can use elastics, rubber bands, or hair ties for the ear loops of the face mask. The tutorial below is shared by Today.com. It tackles how to make a simple face mask made of fabric. Check out the tutorial below.
- Hair ties or elastics
- Use a square scarf or a cut a large square out of a T-shirt (at least 20 inches by 20 inches).
- Fold two sides of the square in to meet each other in the middle then fold this in half lengthwise. You should have a long rectangle with the edges sandwiched inside.
- Grab two hair ties (or rubber bands) and pull one around each end of the long rectangle, roughly breaking the rectangle into thirds. (It should almost look like a candy wrapper.)
- Fold each outside third of fabric into the center.
- Pull the mask on by fitting the hair elastic around ears and making sure the end tails of fabric are against your face, so the mask stays put.
If ever you want to purchase a cloth face mask, check out this post about the best washable reusable face masks. We have shared a list of the best products that you can choose from. We have also provided tips on how to purchase the best face mask on the market.
✅ Video – Easy DIY Face Mask No Sewing
Craft Daily shares the video below on YouTube. In the video, she explained the detail on how to cut a face mask step by step without sewing. Using the T-shirt, you can create a simple and quick face mask. You can make a face mask at home from fabric or similar materials. Watch the video tutorial below.
Basic Bandana and Scrunchie Face Mask
You can also make a face mask using a bandana and two scrunchies. It is an easy method that you can follow. In just a few folds, you can have a face mask that you can use when you go out in a public setting. Hairstylist Bridget Brager posted a how-to video on Instagram. It shows simple instructions on how to make a face mask with the use of a square bandanna and two scrunchies.
- 2 scrunchies
- Coffee filter
- Cut filter and fold bandanna in half.
- Fold the filter in the center of the folded bandanna. Fold top down then fold the bottom up.
- Place two scrunchies on either side of face mask with approximately face width distance (6 inches) apart
- Take two ends of the bandanna and fold into each end securely
- Pick up a face mask using the scrunchies as ear holders
You can also check out this post that tackles free bandana face mask patterns and tutorials. We have shared sewn and no-sew patterns that you can follow when making a bandana face mask.
✅ Video – Bandana and Scrunchie Face Mask
Below is a video shared by Bridget Brager on Instagram. In the video, she demonstrates how to securely wrap the scrunchies around the folded bandana so it will stay on your face. Watch the full 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. 🙌🏻😷
Tie-Dye Handkerchief Face Mask
If you want to be crafty with your face mask, check out the photo posted by Rosemary Donahue on her Instagram account. You can tie-dye at-shirt or fabric before cutting it up and assembling it into a mask. Take note that all fabrics should be clean and washable after tie-dying. Check out the steps below.
- Tie-dye kit
- White handkerchief, t-shirt, or fabric
- Use a tie-dye kit and follow the instructions: Using a clean, square piece of fabric, let the material soak in cold water.
- Add dye to fabric and let it soak up the color. The longer you let it soak, the more vivid the color will be. Donahue recommends six hours.
- Create the mask using a folding technique and attach elastics or rubber bands at each side.
Check out this guide to coffee filter face masks. We have also shared tutorials for no-sew coffee filter face masks that you can follow.
✅ Photo – Tie-Dye Homemade Face Mask
The photo below posted by Rosemary Donahue on Instagram shows the final look of the face mask. She first dyed the fabric before assembling. You can be as creative as you want when it comes to making your DIY face mask.
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the CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings/masks whenever you’re outside (though as my good, smart pal @amandamull pointed out on twitter, it’s prudent not to use a mask as an excuse to “do anything you wouldn’t do right now without wearing one”). i’ve made 36, and i have 15 left — lmk if you or a loved one needs and i’ll mail on over. stay safe, stay well, i love you. 💞✨ UPDATE: out of these but if you can’t find masks, i have other fabric i can cut up and fold for those in need. if you haven’t been able to find a mask yet, DM me, i got you.
Paper Towel and Rubber Bands No-Sew Face Mask
For a disposable no-sew face mask, you can use a paper towel and rubber bands. You can dispose of the paper towel after use, but you can recycle the rubber bands. Another option when rubber bands are unavailable includes hair ties and elastics. The tutorial below shared by the Crafty Journal and tackles how to make a face mask using a paper towel and rubber bands. Check out the instructions below.
- Paper towel
- 2 Rubber bands
- 2 staples
- Using a paper towel, lay it so the long way is horizontal.
- Fan-fold the paper towel so that the folds are about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch each.
- Keeping the fan-folded, place a rubber band at one end.
- Fold the end of the fan over the rubber band just enough to allow a staple, then staple the paper towel in place.
- Repeat at the other end of the fan.
- Open it and put it on with the paper towel edges against your face.
✅ Video – How to Make Improvised Paper Towel Mask
The video below shared by Esco Life Science on YouTube tackles how to make a no-sew face mask. A paper towel and rubber bands are used to make the mask. The steps followed in making the mask is the same as above. Check out the video tutorial below for the demonstration.
You can also check this article that tackles how to make a face mask with rubber bands for more information. We have shared tutorials and patterns that you can follow.
What is the Best Material for a No-Sew Face Mask?
The best material that you can use for a no-sew face mask is 100% cotton. You can also use tightly woven materials so that it can filter tiny particles. Pillowcases and kitchen towels are also a good choice.
Can I Insert Filters into The Face Mask?
Yes, you can insert filters into the no-sew face mask. Simply tuck the filter into the inside layer of the fabric or cloth while you are folding it. You can use coffee filters or tissue paper for an added layer of protection. Make sure to dispose of the filter after each use.
What Can I Use for The Ties?
You can use various materials for the ties of the face mask. Some of the material includes rubber bands, elastics, and hair ties. You can check out this article about how to make a face mask with ties for more information about the materials that you can use. We have gathered a list of options that you can choose when making a face mask.
You have reached the end of this post that tackles how to make a face mask without a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine or you do not know how to sew, there is no need to worry because you can still make a homemade face mask. No-sew face masks are considered as a quick and easy way when making a face mask. You can choose a tutorial that you can follow above. Thank you for reading!