How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask

No Sew Face Mask DIY

By the time the CDC told all Americans to start wearing face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus in early April, protective masks were already hard to find. The medical-grade masks that are available should be reserved for healthcare workers, which leaves everyone else with limited options for following the updated safety guidelines. Luckily, making your own mask at home is fast, ethical, and cheap—and you don’t even need to break out the sewing machine to do it.


  • Strip of fabric at least 17″ x  10″ (large enough to cover the bottom half of your face)
  • Rubber band (or hair ties)
  • Scissors

When I created this post, I didn’t know about the coffee filter option, which helps to filter out microscopic particles. I will update this post to include it later.

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  1. Iron the edges of your fabric on both long sides (optional). I thought I had leftover Stitch Witchery to keep it locked in place, but alas I didn’t. (To boost your mask’s filtration power, place a trimmed coffee filter or paper towel on the cloth where your mouth will go at this point.)

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2. Pull each end of the fabric through an elastic hair tie or rubberbands…one on the right end and one on the left end, so that it’s roughly divided into thirds.

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3. Fold the ends to the center and tuck one end into the opening of the other to hold it together. If you have Stitch Witchery, you can iron it down.

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4. Pull the hair ties over each ear to secure the mask to your face.

That’s it—easy peasy!

After wearing the mask outdoors, you’ll need to disinfect it. Take it apart, throw away the disposable filter, and soak the fabric in soapy water for a few minutes. When the cloth is clean and dry, add a new filter and reassemble the mask as shown above to use it again.No Sew Face MaskNo Sew Face MaskHow to Make a No-Sew Face MaskNo Sew Face MaskNo Sew Face MaskNo Sew Face MaskNo Sew Face MaskNo Sew Face Mask

DIY cloth masks are better than nothing when it comes to protecting your face from someone coughing or sneezing nearby. But no mask will make you invincible to COVID-19, and you shouldn’t use one as an excuse to act any differently outdoors. Use them on necessary trips outside, like to the grocery store or your essential job. And remember that wearing a mask doesn’t replace social distancing efforts.

Thank you so much for reading. And as always, have a beautiful and safe day. XOXO, Candy


  1. Amber
    April 9, 2020 / 11:47 am

    I will have to make some of these! We need some when we go out. I try not to, but when we get low on food, I brave the grocery store.

  2. Krysten Quiles
    April 9, 2020 / 11:57 am

    This is so helpful during these very scary times. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  3. April 9, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I love how easy this is! The fabric is so cute, too! A new way to be a fashionista!!

  4. April 9, 2020 / 1:55 pm

    Brilliant, I have loads of different materials here, I can wear a different one everyday!! lol

  5. Marie
    April 9, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    I am glad to see patterns like this for DIY since there is such a lack on the market. But where would you find liners?

    • Candy
      April 11, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      The fabric I already had from JoAnn’s, Hancock Fabrics, and Walmart.

  6. April 9, 2020 / 3:49 pm

    These no sew masks are great. I love that people are doing their part to stop the spread of coronavirus

  7. April 9, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    Cute fabric you used! Why not make the best of the situation and look great with your mask 🙂

    • Candy
      April 11, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! Stay safe!

  8. April 9, 2020 / 8:43 pm

    I love that this solution is so simple. Not everyone has the skills to sew a mask and there has been such a shortage. A no-sew option like this makes it available to anyone.

  9. April 10, 2020 / 4:34 am

    It’s very cute! 🙂 Im loving the prints. I want to have one right now…

  10. April 10, 2020 / 6:26 am

    I love the patterns on your face-mask. Our community was making some and my partner and I were lucky enough to get a few.

  11. Passion Piece
    April 10, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Thanks a lot for these tips! Since next Thursday it will be compulsory to wear facemasks in Poland and it’s difficult to get them in the shops right now. I’ll make one for sure!:)

    • Candy
      April 11, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      I promise you, they’re so simple to make! Stay safe!

  12. April 10, 2020 / 10:49 am

    This is great! I am not craft or a seamstress of any sort, so this helps a lot!

  13. April 10, 2020 / 11:54 am

    Ah this is so helpful. I’ve been looking for a way to make a new sew mask since we don’t have sewing machines, thank you for sharing.

    • Candy
      April 11, 2020 / 1:38 pm

      You’re so welcomed. Stay safe

  14. Monidipa
    April 10, 2020 / 8:35 pm

    !st of all, you have beautiful eyes. secondly even I have been making my own masks. Great tutorial though.

  15. April 11, 2020 / 3:59 am

    This is so helpful! Thank you! I already purchased a few online, but I’ll bookmark this in case I need more. Your masks are cute too.

  16. April 11, 2020 / 9:05 am

    This is a very easy method to make a face mask. This information will handy to everyone who needs to use a face mask. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Chantal Gray
    April 11, 2020 / 4:55 pm

    This is so helpful right now. It can be reusable too which is great.

  18. Susan1375
    April 11, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    Helpful article as there are so few masks available

  19. Tia J McKinzie
    April 11, 2020 / 7:27 pm

    I have been making and donating a bunch of masks but these no sew ones are super easy to make for those that dont have a sewing machine or those that cant sew by hand!

  20. Amanda
    April 12, 2020 / 8:59 am

    Masks seem to be all the rage lately. I have made a few of my own too.

    • Candy
      April 12, 2020 / 10:18 am

      That’s awesome! They’re so super easy to make!

  21. World In Eyes
    April 12, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    The lifestyle always adopted every situation and made it trend, your hand and home made mask is so beautiful, it also looks a beautiful fashion trend. Thank you sharing good idea

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