We have written about a few different DIY home mask options here at DiyZam including a no-stitch bandanna mask from LaurDIY. This mask uses an old t-shirt and does require some light sewing. DIY pandemic masks are great to save money and upcycle old materials. The CDC also recommends if making home masks to use tightly-knit cottons.
- An old t-shirt (should be tightly-knit cotton)
- A needle and thread, sewing kit or sewing machine
- Elastic straps or Hair Ties
1. Flip your t-shirt inside out
2. Measure out the long side - 8 (20cm) -10 inches (25cm) of material with a pen or pencil
3. Measure the short sides/height - of 4 1/2 inches (11.5cm)
4. You should end up with a 8in x 4.5in rectangular box. You can potentially fit 5 or 6 masks per shirt
5. Stitch the long sides closed
6. Fold over the short sides and pin them in place
7. Stitch the short sides closed creating a "pocket" on each side of the mask (this is where the straps will go)
8. Push elastic straps through the pockets. Attaching a safety pin to one end makes it easier
9. Tie the elastic straps in a double-knot and move the straps inside the stitched pockets to hide it
These masks are easy, cheap and use old materials. With two layers of tightly woven cotton and a tight fit on your face they will be sufficient protection against COVID 19 if worn correctly.