Sew a cloth mask
You only need about 30 minutes and some fabric scraps to make a covid-19 or other protective cloth mask. It is important to note that this is based of the CDC cloth mask recommendation, which requires two layers of cloth.
Servings Prep Time
1mask 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
1mask 30minutes
  1. First, measure your cloth 7in by 9in as recommended by the CDC
  2. Next you’ll cut two pieces of cloth for the main body of the mask. You need at least two for the mask to be more effective.
  3. After you measure the two pieces sew them together, right sides facing each other using a quarter inch seam allowance. Leave a small hole about an inch or so to turn it right side out.
  4. After you turn it out, sew around the edges, which nests in your seams. Be sure to tuck in the edges of the hole and sew them in as well
  5. Then you can fold your mask. This is where pins would be helpful but are not necessary. You can make three or two folds so that the mask stretches over your mouth and rounds around your face to protect for mouth and nose.
  6. Sew the folds down with a quarter inch seam allowance
  7. Next, you’ll do the strings. In this case, I used more of the fabric. However, you do not have to. I have also had success with yarn and shoe laces. There is option to make loops instead of strings, but these instructions are for strings. If you want loops, you just make shorter strings and sew it onto the mask.
  8. Measure a strip of cloth 2-3 inches wide by at least 20 inches.
  9. Face the wrong side up, fold in toward the middle of the strip. Sew along this using a quarter inch seam allowance. Repeat on the other side.
  10. Then, fold the entire length of the piece in half and mark it with a crayon. Find your mask piece and fold it in half along the folds, width wise (hot dog style) and mark with a crayon
  11. Then, fold the two edges together and sew along the edges. You may need to go down to 1/8inch seam allowance
  12. When you reach a few inches above the white mark, try to line up your mask to the inside of the long strip. You want both to secure the mask to the string this way, leaving equal amounts of the strip above and below the mask itself so you can tie it behind your head.
  13. Finish sewing out the rest of the strip.
  14. Repeat on another strip and the other side of the mask.
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