In today’s post: Want to make a face mask but feeling intimidated? Find 8 super EASY homemade face mask videos including no sew options!
Now that the CDC has recommended we all wear face coverings when out in public I’ve heard from many of my friends and family that they want to make homemade face masks. However, many of the tutorials available can be intimidating if you don’t have much experience sewing. Plus there are so many DIY face mask videos out there that it’s really hard to know where to start!
To make things easier, I’ve searched the web to find you the easiest homemade face mask options that will actually work. Many of these tutorials have streamlined the construction approach to make sewing much easier, while some don’t require any sewing at all. And all of them are videos so you can easily see the steps and follow along!
NOTE: The easy face mask options in this post are meant for personal use only. If you want to sew face masks to donate to health professionals, those masks will need to meet certain requirements. For example, most health organizations require the masks to have a filter or filter pocket, and many organizations prefer ties over elastic. For more information on making masks to donate, visit this post: How to Sew Face Masks to Donate to Health Care Workers
I did not create these videos; instead I have rounded up the very best EASY homemade face mask tutorial videos that are already out there. I’ve included each YouTube video below so you can look through them and see which one you’d like to use. If the video has a blog post with printable patterns or more instructions, I’ve also included links to those. Please visit those blog posts or the YouTube postings for more information or to ask questions – thanks!
Also, please also remember that wearing a face mask should be used as an extra precaution along with social distancing and staying at home as much as possible. Additionally, masks should be washed after each time they are worn.
Homemade Face Masks: No Sew options
No sew face masks are a great option when you do not have access to a sewing machine or sewing supplies but still need a face covering for when you have to be in public. The biggest drawback to the no sew options is that they won’t hold up as well in the wash as a mask that has been sewn together. So if you have access to a sewing machine I recommend you use it – but if you don’t, you can still make a mask!
1. This no sew face mask pattern and tutorial from Jennifer Maker is extremely clever: the pattern is all one piece cut from fabric, including ear holes. The pattern comes in a variety of sizes so you can figure out which one fits you best and it truly is as easy as tracing, cutting it out, and putting it on. You may use a quilting cotton fabric, but be aware that the edges will fray when you wash it. You may also use a t-shirt fabric for a no-fray option. Get the pattern and more info here.
2. Here’s another very clever no sew option from Rae Gun Ramblings. This one is made from the sleeve of a t-shirt and uses strips cut from the t-shirt as ties so you don’t even need elastic! Click here for the blog post with more info.
3. This YouTube video from Jan Howell is a similar mask made from a t-shirt, but it doesn’t use the sleeve so you can make more masks out of one shirt! Again, it uses ties made from strips of the shirt so there is no elastic necessary.
4. This YouTube video from The DIY Designer does a great job explaining the “bandana + hair tie” approach that was suggested by the CDC. It can easily be taken apart to be washed.
Homemade Face Masks: Easy to Sew options
5. This YouTube video from MARLENA-Hand Made shows you how to make a pleated mask with such a small amount of sewing that it can be done by hand. If you have a sewing machine I’d recommend you use it just to make the mask more sturdy, but this is a great option if you don’t!
6. I really love the simple design of this pleated mask from Rae Gun Ramblings. She has eliminated the sewing steps that are just for looks and kept the essential sewing only, which means it’s easy enough for even a complete beginner. It looks to be a great fit as well. You do have to enter your email to get the pattern. Find lots more info in the blog post here.
7. This YouTube video from Jess Dang shows you how to make a fitted mask from a t-shirt with a minimal amount of sewing. Beneath the video on YouTube you’ll find links to a printable pattern in one size, and the video also walks you through how to create your own pattern if hers doesn’t fit you well. This tutorial uses elastic to go over the ears.
8. This last one is my favorite because it’s a very thorough tutorial that includes options for adding an adjustable nose clip and adjustable straps for a great fit. This is a fitted face mask design from Pretty Handy Girl that includes a printable pattern. Because there are adjustable options the sewing is more complicated than the other masks in this post; however her tutorial is very clear and easy to follow (video + written instructions). Even though it’s a bit more complicated, it is still a simpler design than others I have seen and it appears to be extremely comfortable. I highly recommend this one! Get the patterns and very helpful written instructions here.
I hope one of these tutorials helps you out! Remember, you can get more info on donating masks here: How to Sew a Face Mask to donate
Thanks for visiting + stay safe!