2 Ways to Make a No Sew Face Mask

2 materials
5 Minutes

New CDC recommendations endorse using face masks when in public to help combat Covid-19. Many DIY designs are circulating that you can sew at home. Those needing something easier, or lacking a sewing machine, have used t-shirts, scarves, and bandanas — shown to be less effective than an N95-rated product, but still much more useful than nothing at all.

Here are 2 ways you can make a face mask with absolutely no sewing.


You'll need a bandana or other 100% cotton fabric and 2 pony tail holders or elastic bands

Style 1 - Step 1

Lay flat and fold each end to the middle

Step 2

Flip over

Step 3

Do the same thing again - bring each end to the middle

Step 4

Slide one pony tail holder over each end,about the 1/3 of the way in. 

Step 5

Fold each end over the pony tail holder toward the middle. Place one end into the other, pocketing one end into the folds of the other.

Step 6

Pull on pony tail holders to adjust them into the correct placement

Step 7

Slip the pony tail holders over your ears 

Step 8

Adjust the bandana to cover your nose and mouth, as needed.

Style 2 - Step 1

 Fold bandana in half

Step 2

Fold in half again. Follow Steps 3 through 7 above.


Adjust the bandana to cover your nose and mouth, as needed.

These are not a medical - grade mask by any means, but if you’re an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19, it can help reduce the spread of the virus. An additional suggestion to add a paper towel or coffee filter to its interior may also increase its capabilities.

For further info, photos and instructions check out my blog

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