May 09, 2020


Homemade face masks have now become essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the CDC recently changed its guidelines to say that everyone should wear some form of a cloth face covering in public places. If buying a mask or sewing one isn't ideal for you, it's surprisingly easy to make a DIY face mask with materials you already have at home. Do not get anxious if you do not have a N-95 mask. It is not necessary. Hospitals are in dire need of these types of masks, so it's best to save the N-95 ones for them. Homemade versions are still a great choice and can be more comfortable and effective than simply tying a bandana or scarf around your face.

Do fabric face masks really protect you from coronavirus?

The real reason the CDC recommends covering your face in public is because people can have no symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive without realizing it. As a result they can spread the novel coronavirus by coughing, sneezing, or even just speaking around others. Wearing the masks can help prevent the transmission of the virus from people that are contagious without knowing it.

Which fabric is best for a face mask?

The best fabric for a homemade face mask is tightly woven, 100% cotton. You can use a bandana or fabric from pillowcases, curtains, woven shirts, or anything else you might have in your home. You'll also need something to keep the mask snug on your face. You can use hair ties or rubber bands to secure them on your ears, but shoelaces, string or ribbon that you can tie around the back of your head may feel more comfortable.

To make the mask even more protective, you can use a coffee filter inside to help block particles. You can also add a metal piece (like a paper clip or twist tie from a bag of bread) to help it fit more securely around your nose.

How to make a DIY face mask without a sewing machine:

Here is our quick and easy method for making a no-sew face mask at home without having to buy new supplies:


  • Lay out a bandana/scarf or cut a rough 22"x 22" square of cotton fabric.
  • Place a flat coffee filter in the center of the square. (optional & can be avoided)
  • Fold the top and bottom in towards the center.

  • Place a twist tie, paper clip, or other metal piece close to the top. (optional)
  • Fold the top and bottom in towards the center.
  • 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. If you're using shoelaces or string, place the center of the string in the folded crease and pull the straps tight.

  • 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. For shoelaces and string, tie them behind your head.
  • Adjust as needed, making sure your mouth and nose are completely covered.


And you’re done! Our easy and timeless protective mask is now ready for use. Please remember remove your masks by the tying straps and by not touching the exposed area with hands. It’s advisable to wash the fabric mask after every single use. The situation might be overwhelming but only coping with stress will keep our loved ones and community stronger.