Non-Medical Grade Face Mask: Easy Tutorial With Pictures

Note: This is a non-medical grade face mask DIY. It's not a substitute for an N95 surgical mask (or other proper PPE) in any way. Consider this as a cloth face cover.


The world is fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic (for all the Coronavirus related accurate information you can visit the CDC website).

During these crazy times, I'm self-isolating myself (No, I don't have Coronavirus!) and trying to engage myself in healthy and productive sewing related activities. 

Since I've all the time in the world, I've decided to make and share this straightforward idea of how to create a non-medical grade face cover even if you don't know how to sew.

For this project, you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Two rubber bands
  • Piece of fabric

Take the fabric that you've chosen to use for this project and cut a square out of it. It has to be a little bigger than your face since you are going to fold the ends and the middle part.

Cut the square shape of the fabric using scissors, and you'll end up with a piece like the one you can see in the picture.

The next step is folding and giving shape to the mask. You'll need to create a few little ruffles in the middle part.

To create those, you'll need to use a straightforward zig-zag technique of folding the fabric back and forward. You may need a hot iron to make it easier, but it is not really necessary.

Now, time for the rubber bands. Take one end of the fabric, put the rubber band at the beginning, and fold the fabric around the rubber band.

To secure the end of the material, I've used a hot glue gun, but you can also use needle and thread to sew it down.

Repeat the same procedure to attach the second rubber band to the other end of the fabric.

There you have it. The face cover is finished. You can also use some stylish fabric and match with your outfit.

Also, play a little and make the masks more fun for your kids so they would love wearing those.

You can also reuse this cloth face covering. It is essential to sterilize the mask before you even ware it and after every wearing. You can wash it as well in the washing machine. 

It is a simple DIY project that you can finish in a few minutes, and you don't need a big budget to create it.

If you have spare fabric, you can make more masks and give those to people in your community (but do let them know that it's a non-medical grade mask just to cover the face).

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