To slow the spread of coronavirus, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Since surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for health workers and other medical first-responders, they recommend making a DIY face mask fashioned from household items or made at home using common, low cost materials.
To give you a helping hand, here are 8 easy ways to make a homemade, no-sew face mask.
DIY Bandana Face Mask
One of the easiest ways to make a homemade face mask without a sewing machine is with a bandana (or any other fabric you have lying around the house) and two hair ties. This is the method recommended by the CDC and it can be reused as long as you wash and dry it thoroughly. Reduce ear strain by fixing one of our reusable ties to each hair tie to make a more comfortable fastener.
DIY Paper Towel Mask
Another option is to fashion yourself a DIY mask using paper towels and hair ties. This is the same as the bandana method but it’s a good disposable option.
DIY T-Shirt Face Mask
Need a mask but don’t have time to sew? Grab an old t-shirt and make this DIY no-sew face mask in minutes. All you need for this quick and easy DIY mask is an old t-shirt of your choice and a pack of VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics Tape.
No-Sew Mask with Removable Filter
If you have more time to make a mask, try this DIY no-sew mask with a removable filter. Stick on a filter with VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics Tape and peel it off and replace it after every wear.
DIY Mask with Headband (To Reduce Ear Strain)
If you need to wear a mask for a long period of time, this comfortable mask made using a headband and an old t-shirt is a great option. There’s no strain on the ears and all you need is a pack of VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics Tape to stick the mask to the headband.
Fun DIY Mask for Kids
Are you looking for ways to encourage your child to wear a face mask? Try this easy way to customize a plain mask! Simply stick on interchangeable funny faces using VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics Ovals!
Mask Comfort Hack
Finally, if wearing a mask is causing you discomfort, try this easy way to make any mask more comfortable. Simply take a VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Reusable Tie and hook it around both ear straps to make a long fastener that wraps around the back of your head and puts less strain on the ears.
Let us know if you try any of these face covering tips and check out our YouTube playlist to watch all our DIY mask tutorials in full!