No-Sew Mask Ideas

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March 31, 2020

Washable No-Sew Mask - woman wearing the maskYou can make this washable, reusable no-sew face mask at home. If you use something like a handkerchief, you won't even need to cut it. Aside from being able to wash this, it's also beneficial in the way that you can make it custom to your face shape to ensure you're covered over the nose and under the chin.


This has been done for generations in our family. It always helped me a lot with my allergies when we would do family gardening days. Thanks to my mother for passing this on, and for modeling here. This is Grandpa's 10"x10" handkerchief. :)

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 mask


  • 1 handkerchief or square of material, about 10"x10"
  • 2 elastic bands or extra large rubber bands
Washable No-Sew Mask - white handkerchief


  1. Fold material in half.
  2. Washable No-Sew Mask - fold handkerchief in half
  3. Fold material twice more so it's a long rectangle.
  4. Washable No-Sew Mask - fold in half twice more
  5. Fold the sides into the center. Tuck one side into the other. It will stay in place.
  6. Washable No-Sew Mask - fold sides to center and fit one end into the other

  7. Loop the elastic material through the sides of the mask, but don't tie yet. Place mask material on your face then see how much elastic you will need to go around your ears. Cut elastic to proper length.
  8. Washable No-Sew Mask - loop elastic through the ends and check fit for elastic length
  9. Tie the ends of the bands to secure.
  10. Washable No-Sew Mask - elastic cut and tied
  11. Place mask on face, pulling the elastic around your ears. Pull at the top and bottom edges so the mask is custom-fit. Make sure your nose and chin are covered. Wash after each use.
  12. Washable No-Sew Mask - once in place you will gently pull the top and bottom to adjust to fit over nose, mouth, and chin

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April 6, 2020

I began walking again, to counteract the shelter in place order in our state. We can walk our pets, do any essential things and such but nothing else. So, while I can keep my brain sane with crafts, I have to keep my body as fit as I can get it, plus get some fresh air.

A shirt being used as a cowl type mask.

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April 27, 2020

I have been looking for a bandana to use for the face mask that they say everyone needs to wear for now in our area. Everytime I find them online and then go to the store they are out of them.

I am not good at sewing so a lot of people around here are using a bandana. Where do I find them?


April 27, 20200 found this helpful

You don't need a bandana as such. Any tightly woven cotton fabric will do. If you have old sheets that are at least 250-thread count, they will work. Also if you can find men's handkerchiefs, that will work.


The main reason bandanas are recommended is they are tightly woven and measure about 12 inches by 12 inches. That is the size square you want to work with to make a no-sew folded mask. Hope this helps.

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April 27, 20200 found this helpful

Try stores like Michael's , Target, Dollar stores ,Amazon, eBay. Most of these places you can order online and have it sent to your home ,or choose store pick up. Often with store pick up your order is reserved just for you. You drive up and they bring to you if this is available in your town!

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April 28, 20200 found this helpful

I dont know if you have a PARTY CITY near where you live, but, they were selling it by kits.
Variety of colors (pink, red, blue, black, yellow, white, green, orange, etc) with rubbers bands. I think it was a total of 10 individual bandanas with 20 bands per kit. I cant remember the cost but its would be between $10-$20.


If there isnt a PC nearby, they can probably mail it to you if you order it online.
Hope this helped. Good luck & stay safe! ALOHA!

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April 28, 20200 found this helpful

I have seen mask designs that are made just with a t-shirt and rubber bands and another that uses a mismatched sock. That one is no sew and looks very easy. Tea towels are also highly recommended.

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April 28, 20200 found this helpful

If you are forced to wear a task mask then at least get one that will protect you and help you. Bandanas are not that safe and can't really protect you that much. If you can't sew and need a face mask they have some tape that can be used to iron on to make your seams.


I would do this and make a nice mask that can protect you from this virus and not just wear a bandana on your face.

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April 28, 20200 found this helpful

The CDC has this no sew (scroll down) post on how to make them from tee shirts:

As long as the tee shirt is clean and has no holes, there is no need to use a new one, gently worn will be fine.

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April 29, 20200 found this helpful

I would go to Goodwill or another thrift store, if you can't find them in Targets or other stores.

YOu might just use a shirt, cut it up, and make your own, even if you don't have a sewing machine to fix the edges.

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November 19, 20200 found this helpful

You can cut the legs of a pair of jogging pants off .They already have the elastic in the bottom of the legs..The fit over the head easily ..

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