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DIY No-Sew Face Mask

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With the shortage of medical-grade N95 face masks right now - and the priority needed for healthcare professionals working hard to help treat and minimize the spread of COVID-19 - making your own face mask is an alternative option. And while homemade face masks are not on the same protective level as medical masks, they can still help by adding an extra safeguard we don't normally have! Not all of us know how to sew, but luckily we don't have to with nontoxic Aleene's Fabric Fusion, which is a permanent, flexible and washable fabric glue. We partnered with Holly at Club Crafted to create this DIY no-sew face mask tutorial for all of our friends out there who aren't experts with a needle & thread but still want to make a mask. Get the details and the pattern below and stay safe!

What you need:

Aleene's Fabric Fusion

- 100% cotton fabric, tightly woven and prewashed

- Lightweight fusible interfacing

- Thin elastic

- Scissors

Tulip Fabric Markers Rainbow 12 Pack

- Downloadble mask template (from this post)

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - supply tips

Because many of us are making our own face masks, you might find it difficult to stock up on everything you need to make your mask. For example, elastic is hard to find right now. No worries, because Holly has some alternative supply tips for you! Here are a few things to look for:

Elastic: If you can't find elastic for your no-sew face mask, try hairbands! Just about any elastic hair band will work.

Fabric: For best results, choose a natural fiber material (cotton recommended because you still want the fabric to be breathable). Make sure the fabric is thick enough so you cannot see through it, and be sure to pre-wash it. You should be able to find this fabric at most craft stores. Perhaps you could even upcycle something you already own like a T-shirt!

Filter: Holly used fusible interfacing as a filter in this version of the no-sew face mask. Another excellent option is HEPA HVAC filters. To use, remove them from the filter frame and flatten. However, only use fabric if you cannot find a filter material.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - cut mask shapes

Cut 4 mask shapes using the template, then cut an additional 2 from the interfacing.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - cut mask shapes


Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue interfacing to mask pieces

Take 2 fabric mask shapes and arrange them with the curved edges facing outward and the straight edges together. Add a thin line of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue around all edges of the mask fabric pieces and press the matching interfacing pieces on top of each. Flip the pieces over.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue remaining mask pieces

With your 2 remaining mask pieces (without the filters), place right sides up on your work surface. Add a line of Fabric Fusion along the curved edge of one of the pieces.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue remaining mask pieces

Flip the other piece so that the right side is facing the piece with glue, and press in place, matching all edges and pressing the curved edge into the glue.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue filter pieces right sides together

Place one of the filter pieces right side up on work surface and add a line of glue along the curved edge.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue filter pieces right sides together

Press the other filter piece in place on top of the glue, right sides together as shown.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - flip right sides out

Once all pieces are dry, flip right sides out.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - place sections right sides together

Place filtered section and non-filtered section right sides together.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue elastic in place between layers

Cut about a 7-inch section of elastic for each side of the mask. Form a strand of elastic into a half circle with the cut ends facing the outer edge of the mask. Peel back one side of the mask and place the elastic with ends touching the outer edge in between the layers. Add a line of glue along the entire side edge and press the top layer in place over the bottom layer, sandwiching the elastic half loop in place.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue elastic in place between layers

Repeat with the second piece of elastic on the other side, continuing to glue around the edges and leaving a 3-inch opening at the bottom so you can turn the mask right side out.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - use paper clips to hold in place while drying

Tip: You can use paper clips to hold the layers firmly in place while they dry.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - trim corners

Let your mask dry completely. Once dry, trim the corners for smooth seams.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - flip right side out

Flip your mask right side out.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - glue open seam

Press the edges of the open seam under and glue in place. Let dry completely.

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - decorate mask with Tulip Fabric Markers

Choose Tulip Fabric Marker color(s) to complement your mask fabric! 

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask - decorate mask with Tulip Fabric Markers

Draw your designs directly onto the fabric and let dry. (No need to heat set.)

Aleene's DIY No-Sew Face Mask

Your no-sew face mask is now ready to wear any time you head out!


Downloadables:

  • Face Mask Template

  • Hello Sunshine

Published Date

April 21, 2020

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