In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging Americans to wear a cloth face mask when stepping out of the house in an effort to help prevent the spread. Many businesses are selling (and donating) protective face mask coverings, but due to a recent spike in orders, some retailers are experiencing delays in production. Thankfully, many people have taken to social media to offer DIY face mask tutorials, many of which use materials from around the house like old T-shirts, bandanas, sheets, and socks. If you can sew or do stitch work, these work great, but what if you don’t know to do that or don’t have access to a sewing machine?
The CDC released a no-sew T-shirt face mask tutorial, and it’s a lot easier than you might think. Keeping with CDC cloth face mask guidelines, this method takes less than 10 minutes to do and only requires a T-shirt, scissors, and ruler.
It’s best if your T-shirt is made of thick material to help block any lingering air particles. Test it by holding it up to a light; if the light seeps through, it’s probably not thick enough. Thankfully, that’s an easy fix (See step five!). To make your own no-sew T-shirt face mask, follow the steps below, and don’t forget to properly sterilize between in each use.