Ideas to Make Your Own Face Mask


During this time period it is important that you keep yourself and everyone around you safe. A great way of slowing the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a face mask when you have to go to a grocery store or other public places. 

The CDC has some great tips, such as wash your face mask regularly. The CDC also recommends the use of face masks to prevent people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Most face masks are out of stock right now so the Accolade has done some research to find different and the best way to make a face mask at home. Of course, people need to leave the medical face masks for healthcare professionals, and realize that no mask gives 100% protection. You still have to keep social distance! 


Some great materials to use for at home face masks are items that are made of 100% cotton such as fabrics from a pillowcase, curtains, woven shirts, or any other material that is in your home. A T-shirt might sound like a good idea but the fabric may develop holes when stretched. A good way to test whether the fabric is a good choice is to hold it up to a bright light. If you can’t see through it, a double or triple layer of it will give protection. 

To keep the mask snuggled on your face you should use things like hair ties or rubber bands to secure them around your ears. If those aren’t available you can use shoelaces, string, or ribbon tied around the back of your head.

Some ways to make the mask more secure it to put a piece of metal, such as coated wire or the twists around bread, to secure the area around your nose.

How to make without a sewing machine:

Amanda Perna, Project Runway alum and fashion designer behind House of Perna, has been donating homemade masks to hospitals after having to close her studio during the corona virus outbreak. Here is Amanda’s quick and easy tutorial for making a no-sew face mask at home without having to go buy new supplies.

  • Lay out or cut a 22″x 22″ square of cotton fabric
  • Place a flat coffee filter in the center of the square (optional)
  • 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

There are many other ideas and suggestion online, and YouTube has some excellent DIY videos.