How to Make a Facemask Without Sewing
Posted on 13 July 2020
Who would have guessed that the most sought out item for spring/summer 2020 would be a face mask?
In these crazy times, everyone’s priority is staying safe and protected. Obviously in the early days this required staying at home and not leaving your house (other than for exercise). However, with lockdown restrictions easing, people are starting to go out and about a bit more. Pubs and shops, as well as other businesses, are now opening their doors again and we couldn’t be happier.
However, it’s important to bear in mind that there is still a global pandemic taking place and you should still be making an effort to protect yourself and others. One of the easiest ways to do this is by wearing a face mask. Although, as everyone else is doing the same, they can be pretty hard to get hold of at the moment.
Here at UKK, we stock big brands such as Hype (who have in fact started selling face masks since coronavirus broke out). But, if you can’t get hold of one online, in the supermarkets or pharmacies, checkout our how to guide below, helping you make a facemask from home – all without sewing!
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You will need…
To start with, you will need a tightly woven fabric that you can cut and shape – this will effectively cover your nose and mouth.
There are many household objects or old pieces of clothing you can use for this, including;
- A bandana
- A sock (a clean one!)
- A t-shirt
- A pillowcase
Then you will need something to fasten the edges together and create loops to go around your ears to keep the mask secure.
This can be;
- Hair ties
- Rubber bands
- Safety pins
TIP: Most masks have a filter beneath them for further protection. This isn’t essential but you could use something like a coffee filter, dryer sheets or just a clean tissue if you wish.
Don’t worry, you won’t need all of these items, but see what you can find around the house to use for your mask and follow along with our instructions on how to make it.
- Lay out the bandana on flat surface.
- Fold it in half and then in half again (you should have a rectangle about the width to cover your nose and mouth).
- Take 2 hair ties and slip them round each end of the bandana, bringing them about a third of the way in on each side.
- Fold the outer edges inwards, layering them on top of each other.
- Bring round the bands to the top and place them around your ears.
- You now have a comfortable facemask that you can easily wash after each use.
If you don’t have a bandana, this method would work just as well with a piece of cloth (such as a t-shirt or pillowcase) cut into a square.
- Grab a clean sock from your drawer (ideally an odd one so you don’t lose a pair!)
- Lay it horizontally on a flat surface.
- Fold the right side of the sock into the centre. Cut the sock in half at this centre point, keeping the right side where your ankle and heel would sit.
- Turn it vertically and cut along the right edge, starting at the opening of the sock.
- Fold the sock vertically in half again and make an incision of about 1 inch from the bottom end of the sock upwards (but don’t cut all the way through!)
- This should have created loop holes that will sit around your ear.
- Open it up, place a filter inside and you are good to go!
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And in the words of Boris Johnson; stay alert, control the virus, save lives.