Lifestyle April 14, 2020 at 11:21 am

How to make your own reusable face mask without a sewing machine

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It has widely been established – after initially being deemed unnecessary – that wearing protective face masks in public, irrespective of it being medical or not, goes a very long way in helping curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of cloth face masks in public spaces like supermarkets and pharmacies where social distancing may be difficult to enforce or observe is recommended.

“Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure,” CDC adds.

With the surge in demand for medical face masks resulting in a global shortage, non-health workers are advised to rather go in for cloth face coverings so as to reserve the latter for those who really need them.

Making a face cloth covering is pretty simple, and if you’re thinking you may only need a sewing machine to fix yourself one, don’t get too worked up if you neither have it nor know how to use it. All you need is a T-shirt and a pair of scissors or a bandana with rubber bands/ hair ties depending on your preference.

Take a look at how you can simply fix yourself one below. The illustrations are courtesy of the CDC.




Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)


  • Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)


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