How to make a cloth face mask

The CDC now recommend all people where a face mask when in public and have also provided tutorials on their notification page on how to make a cloth face mask with sewing machine and other non-sewing machine methods. 

There are also many other tutorials. We area collecting them here.

How to make a Face Mask

CDC : Tutorial as in middle of the page. It has line drawings and a few different methods. Here is an official video with probably the easiest method that doesn’t require a sewing machine.

Hobby Lobby : Nicely made video with close up and instructions

Choosing the best material for a homemade mask

“The best masks were constructed of two layers of heavyweight “quilters cotton” with a thread count of at least 180, and had thicker and tighter weave.”

Source : NBC Health News report >>

More tutorials of how to make a face mask

DIY Face Mask From Instructables : Claims to have photos, but does not but for a cover image.  They do offer written instructions as well as some resources. Some of those resources lead to unseucre sites to download PDFS and SVGS patterns. : 5 DIY Facemask Tutorials. There’s a couple videos and tutorials on this website.

¿Cómo hacer un nasobuco en casa? : This YouTube video made by the Cuban Ministry of Health is in Spanish.

“Beware of PDF Facemask Patterns – They could have maleware – hacker software embedded”

While researching for this blog post, we found many sites offering DOWNLOADABLE pdfs.  This seems nice, but we did not download the PDFS because PDFS can contain malware. Instead, we found a large image of a pattern you can use. You don’t have to download. You can just screenshot this page and print.

How to wear a face mask

NPR, one of our most trusted news sources, had a good article on how to properly wear a cloth face mask.

  • Keep over nose and mouth
  • Don’t touch covering with hands, only touch straps
  • Wash after every use
  • Continue to social distance – 6ft apart
  • Continue to wash hands




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