Not everyone is up for sewing their own face mask, but for right now, the official guidance is that everyone should cover their faces when they must go out in public. No-Sew face masks may be your best bet! Surgical masks and N95 respirators should be donated to your local health care system.
What’s left to do is make your own DIY mask, and we’ve collected the best no-sew face mask options that we’ve found from around the internet. These are easy enough for anyone to accomplish in no time. No excuses for not wearing a mask!
No-Sew Pleated Face Mask From Japanese Creations
Link: Japanese Creations
This might be the easiest option we’ve seen out there. However, if you’re wearing it for long periods, you may face irritation on the ears.
Of couse, this is not a face mask for medical workers, and is not meant to replace surgical face masks, but when you must go out, it could help and as the tutorial author says, “at the very least, it will remind you to not touch your face.”
Pro tip: “If you have tights that have a hole or a strain, make elastic bands from them. Very soft and stretchy, they are actually more comfortable than regular hair ties. Don’t worry, the tights will curl into themselves that nobody would notice you were wearing old tights on your face!”
Get Full instructions: Japanese Creations
5-Minute No-Sew DIY Mask for Coronavirus
You’ll definitely want to use a 100% cotton fabric for this, as layering blends will make it harder to breathe.
We like this no nonsense method, and it could be a good craft project with kids as well.
DIY T-shirt Sleeve Mask
All you need is an old shirt and scissors for this one!
Because this is a single-layer design, you may want to use a cotton-synthetic blend, as it will have a higher filtration ability than a 100% cotton t-shirt.
Surgeon General’s Rubber Bands + Cloth (Shirt/Handkerchief, etc.)
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
The CDC’s No-Sew Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)
- Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
- Coffee filter
- Rubber bands (or hair ties)
- Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)
Tora Smart’s 5-Minute No-Sew Mask
“Let’s all make our own masks and let front line health workers get first dibs on the real ones. If we all wear our own when we leave the house, there will be less spread. New information is revealing that some face coverage is better than no face coverage. BUT, please allow care workers to get the real ones first!”
Check out the 1-minute No-sew face mask video below:
Ready for a More Advanced Option?
If you fall in the category of able to do a little bit more on the DIY scale, try our pre-stitched face mask kit, which provides everything you need to make three fabric face masks. Multiple sizes available. Or check out our collection of free patterns and templates, which require sewing machines.