Easy Cotton Mask DIY

Easy Steps To Create Cotton Masks To Slow COVID-19

If you’re living in today’s day and age, you know that most people are wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.   Although the epidemic is slowing and has quite possibly reached its peak, it’s still important to think of the long term.  Furthermore, it’s vital that you think of cotton masks as a long term solution to spreading this virus.

In this post, we will teach you how to make your own masks to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

Fabric Masks Can Reduce Exposure To COVID-19

 The Center For Disease Control has maintained their stance that cloth face coverings should be worn in all situations where social distancing may be difficult.  Places where people should be wearing masks indefinitely include:

  • All places of public transportation
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical offices
  • Hospitals

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets.  As you know, respiratory droplets can travel through the air and be transmitted in the following ways:

  • By touching contaminated surfaces
  • Exposure to someone who is infected (sneezing, coughing, not maintaining social distance)

For this reason, it is crucial to follow all CDC guidelines for your location and wear face masks in public.

Cotton Face Masks Can Be Made At Home

 Did you know that you can make cotton or fabric face masks at home by using recycled materials and fabrics?  Below, we will discuss exactly how you can do so.

Many infected people could potentially be spreading coronavirus without realizing it.  That is why it’s so important to take precautions as if you could have COVID-19 (if you haven’t been tested) or be exposed to it.

You May Have Materials For Face Masks Lying Around!

Before you dismiss the idea of making your own fabric face mask, did you know that you might have materials to use lying around the house?  Greenville Moving company owner Frederick Frei suggests looking through your belongings carefully.

Many people have old clothing and stuff they don’t even know they have.  Situations such as moving, estate cleanouts, and junk removal projects such as spring cleaning often cause us to contemplate what we have.  Now is a great time to assess your belongings!

Fabric Face Masks Are Cost-Effective

Making your own fabric face masks at home is a great option for many reasons.   For one, they are inexpensive.  You can take an old (clean) tee-shirt and turn it into a face mask in no time!

Additionally, fabric face masks slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent contamination.  Here’s how to do it.

Making Your Own Fabric Face Masks

STEP 1: Get Appropriate Fabric

Any fabric will do, but cotton is highly recommended.

STEP 2: Cut Fabric

Once you have found the appropriate fabric to make a sufficient face mask, the fabric will need to be cut.

TIP: If you are using a tee shirt to make a face mask, cut the bottom ¼ section of the tee-shirt off or approximately 7-8 inches from the bottom.

 Fabrics that can be used:

  • Bandana square (approximately 20” x 20”)
  • Tee shirt (bottom portion approximately 7” – 8”)
  • Cotton, a rectangle of fabric (approximately 10” x 6”)

STEP 3: Make The Face Mask

 Below you will find three different ways to make your fabric face mask.  Each is a different method, so choose the best one for you.

 BANDANA FACE MASK: No Sewing Required!

Difficulty level: novice

To make a bandana face mask, follow these steps.

  1. First, you will fold your bandana in half.  Be sure it is even on all edges
  2. Fold your bandana again, this time fold the bottom half up and the top half downwards.
  3. Next, take either rubber bands or hair ties and place them on the folder piece of fabric approximately 6 inches apart from one another.
  4. Fold fabric ends over and tucks the fabric

TEE SHIRT FACE MASK: No Sewing Required!

Difficulty level: novice

To make a tee shirt face mask, follow these steps!

  1. Take a clean, cotton tee-shirt.  Lie it flat and cut 7-8inches from the bottom.
  2. Next, cut a 6-7 inch rectangle out from the right side of the fabric.
  3. The left side of the fabric will serve as the face mask that covers your mouth and nose.  On the right side of the fabric, you will cut into the middle of the two sections that were created in step 2 when you cut a 6-7 inch rectangle from the fabric.  These will serve as tie strings for your face mask.
  4. Tie the tie strings around the back of your neck and over the top of your head to wear your face mask.

COTTON FACE MASK: Sewing Required!

Difficulty level: intermediate

  1. Cut out two rectangles of fabric.  They should be approximately 10 inches by 6 inches and should be made of a fabric that is denser and stiffer.
  2. Place each cotton rectangle one on top of the other
  3. On the longer sides, hem them by folding the longer sides and stitching.
  4. On the shorter sides, fold them approximately ½ an inch.  Sew these sides but be sure to leave space near the fold to run elastic or string through the hem.
  5. Use elastic or string and run them through the hem.  You can pull the ends through with a large sewing needle, bobby pin, or something similar.

Tip: if you use string, make it longer then tie it in the back of your head to secure. If you use elastic, you can make ear loops.

 Caring For Your Face Mask

Caring for your face mask is important.  Laundry Angels owner Michael Roskam suggests making a few masks and washing frequently.  You can conveniently wash these masks in the washing machine carefully.


With the current state of the world, it’s important that we take care of ourselves and be mindful of the health of others.  Many people could be carriers of the coronavirus without even knowing.  Exposing a medically compromised person to the virus can prove to be disastrous.

We hope you have learned everything you need to know about the importance of wearing fabric face masks.  We also hope you have learned how easy they are to make.  Good luck and stay safe and well!

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