Create a Quick and Easy No-Sew Face Mask
With the likelihood that we’ll be wearing masks for a while, I wanted to come up with a simple, no-sew mask that anyone could make. This mask utilizes materials you probably already have at home and doesn’t even require you to pick up a needle to put it together. It also is open on the sides, allowing you to slip in a filter if you want to. I’ve also added a quick tutorial about how to jazz up a plain mask with a removable filter.
Tools and Materials
- Cotton fabric
- Mask pattern
- Pins or clips
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue
Cut out the Mask
First I cut out a piece from each fabric according to the pattern. As you can see, one side should be a little bit longer than the other side. I also gave a little extra room than the original pattern calls for. I did this because glue tends to use a bit more fabric than a thread and needle, and I didn’t want the mask to be too tight as a result.
Glue Each Piece
I used two different types of glue for this project. The first one was a non-toxic, machine washable fabric glue. Because it’s going to be so close to your mouth and nose you really want to use something that’s non-toxic for this project, so make sure that both the fabric glue and glue sticks are non-toxic. I lay out the white fabric and the floral fabric and folded them in half so that the side that would become the inside was facing me. Then, using both glues, I applied a thin line of glue along the curved edge of the mask and glued them together. Do this to both pieces of fabric and check for holes once the glue has dried.
Glue the Two Pieces Together
For this part I had the two finished sides facing each other. We are going to eventually turn this inside out, and then the finished parts will be on the outside. I pinned the pieces together to make sure that they wouldn’t move around.
Then I glued along the top and bottom of the mask, leaving the sides open. As before, I used a thin line of fabric glue and hot glue to make sure nothing would budge.
Once the glue had dried I flipped the mask inside out and poked around a bit to make sure that there weren’t any holes.
I had accidentally cut my elastic too short, so I had to tie a few pieces together, but in general you only need to cut one piece for each side. I like to leave a knot on the outside piece of the elastic so that I can adjust if needed. I placed the elastic on the edge of the mask and glued it with a hot glue gun, folding down the edge of the fabric over it. I only folded the floral fabric down over the glue. This would allow me to slip in a filter later if I wanted to.
That’s it! This mask is so quick and easy to make that I have already made a few for myself to be able to rotate when I need to clean them.
Now I’ll show you how to make a plain black mask a bit more fashionable. This project does use a needle and tread, but you don’t need to have any prior sewing experience to be able to pull this one off.
Tools and Materials
- Fabric mask
- Faux Pearls
I thread my needle and pulled it through the mask. I made sure that I was only going through the front layer of the mask and not going through the filter itself.
Then I put my needle through one of the faux pearls, and went back down through the fabric. I repeated this process a few times to make sure that the pearl was secured to the mask and wasn’t going anywhere.
Then I continued with this process until I felt like there were enough beads on the mask for my liking. You can do with any kind of bead, I think sequins would look pretty cool, thought I myself am partial to pearls.
That’s it! Two quick tutorials for how to create and style face masks. I hope you’re all staying safe out there!
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