There are many reasons you may want to make your own cloth face mask -- because you have old clothes that you'd like to repurpose; because you can't find exactly the mask you want in a store or online; because you want to have something to match your favorite shirt; because you want to embrace your creative side while doing your best to keep your community safe. Are any of these ringing a bell? Then keep reading.
There are lots of different masks you can make with a sewing machine, but did you know you can also hand-sew a mask or make one without having to do any sewing at all? Some masks can even be made without scissors! Here are some things you might need, depending on how you want to make your mask -- remember, some of the options shown in the links below only require a single article of clothing, so don't be discouraged by this long list!
Here are a few other things to keep in mind:
Want more information? Feel free to look through the CDC's page on cloth face coverings here:
Are you ready to start? Let's go!
Don't have a sewing machine and don't want to hand sew? Here are some great no-sew mask options for you:
If you're comfortable with a needle and thread but don't have a machine to sew with, try these hand-sewn options (all of these require fabric, a needle, and thread at minimum):
Have a sewing machine and itching to use it? See which of these tutorials might work best for you:
Need to print a pattern for a mask, but don't have a printer? Our libraries have printing services; learn more about making a computer reservation and printing here:
One last link: Do you wear glasses? Are you annoyed at how much they fog up when you're wearing a mask? Try this trick to keep them clear:
This one is simple -- instead of buying new fabric, elastic, hair ties, or other items, use what you already have around the house! Think about:
If you live a minimalist lifestyle and genuinely don't have any fabric items that you aren't using, considering buying fabric, bedding, or clothing from your local thrift store instead of buying it new.
For more information on basic sewing and upcycling, browse our catalog and / or look at these books: