How to Make a Face Mask for Yourself and Others
For personal, non-medical use
You don’t have to be crafty to make a difference! KPL Local History Assistant Ruth Wilson has reviewed several online resources for DIY mask-making and offers her tweaks to each of her favorite tutorials:
- DIY Fabric Tie Face Mask with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
This is the classic, rectangular mask with pleats across the front. On this one, Jenny recommends using left-over bias binding, but I didn’t want to use that: so I cut 2 inch wide strips on the straight grain, 40 inches long, and used those for the binding/ties. You don’t have to print off a pattern for this one, which is nice for those of us who don’t have a printer at home.
- DIY | Bias tape maker
If you are making Jenny’s mask with the long ties, here is a tutorial for a do-it-yourself bias tape making tool–all it takes is cardboard and an X-acto knife. I made it and it works great! Saved me a lot of time (and burned fingers) on the ties. Again, I don’t bother to use bias strips–straight grain works just fine.
- Mimi G Style: DIY Fabric Face Mask
This tutorial by Mimi G makes my favorite mask. If you don’t have elastic, you can put ties through the casings instead. I make the ties about 30″ long. It does have a link to a pdf of the pattern you will need. It uses less fabric and fits nicely.
- Bluprint: How to Make a Face Mask at Home
Finally, I really like this article with links from BluPrint. It has lots of information, instructions for a no-sew mask, and video tutorials for other masks including my favorite Mimi G pattern, given above. For those who don’t have fabric, I would suggest maybe a sheet they don’t mind cutting up. Handkerchieves and bandanas would work too.