Back when we had a shortage of masks, many people started creating their own masks at home in an easy, cheap, and efficient way. Now, we have a variety of masks in all shapes, colors, styles, and sizes. But if you’re still not convinced to spend money on any of them, here is a small reminder that you can make your own mask at home at almost no cost at all. Please wear a mask to save yourself and others! Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own mask that is recommended by the CDC.
Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as cotton sheets or quilted fabrics. T-shirt fabric will work perfectly (this is great for repurposing old shirts).
Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
You can use hair ties or elastic headbands as replacements for elastic. If you only have a string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Bring together the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.