The CDC says it is now advisable for everyone to wear masks. When you can’t buy one, you should make it yourself. Here are some tutorials. The precaution is to be used in addition to, and not instead of, maintaining social distance of at least six feet from other people. Other measures—including avoiding touching your face—should also continue to be front-of-mind anytime you are in public spaces outside your home. For more information, please see CDC Guidelines on Face Masks.
Luckily, if we can use that term in this situation, there are a huge number of online DIY tutorials on making your own face masks. The masks can be made in minutes and require little more than a pair of scissors or, if you’re feeling ambitious, a mini sewing kit or machine. Here are some resources of them.
Maskbuilders.com says anyone can make a mask from common household items. They have a template and instructions on their website. And, they posted a easy-to-follow video on Youtube.
How to Make a Face Mask From a T-Shirt or Coffee Filter and Bandanna
These instructions follow CDC guidelines with several options (sew or no sew) a bandanna, rubber bands, t-shirts, or hair ties.
No sewing required
How To Make a Pleated Face Mask // Washable, Reusable, No-Sewing Required
For those who prefer not to sew, this video shows the simplest, easiest and useful mask tutorial. No cutting or sewing is required. (Yes, it’s true!)
Do it on a Dime Blogger’s Face Mask (free and easy!)
Popular video blogger Kathryn shows you how to make a mask (no sewing needed) with a cotton pillowcase fabric as well as coffee filters.
If you can sew
Reusable Pleated Face Mask in 5 Minutes (with Nose Bridge and Filter Pockets) Details in Description
These masks have been donated to frontline heath care providers and first responders.
Face Mask Pattern – Sew Much Moore
Nicole Moore, blogger at Sew Much Moore, has a free pattern available on her site. You can download and follow along on her step-by-step video.
How to make DIY face masks with designer Cynthia Rowley | New York Post
Time to cut up that old T-shirt. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley shows us how to make a DIY face mask with items from your closet.