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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!
- 100% cotton fabric, tightly woven and prewashed
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- Thin elastic
- Downloadble mask template (from this post)
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.
Cut 4 mask shapes using the template, then cut an additional 2 from the interfacing.
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.
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.
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.
Place one of the filter pieces right side up on work surface and add a line of glue along the curved edge.
Press the other filter piece in place on top of the glue, right sides together as shown.
Once all pieces are dry, flip right sides out.
Place filtered section and non-filtered section right sides together.
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.
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.
Tip: You can use paper clips to hold the layers firmly in place while they dry.
Let your mask dry completely. Once dry, trim the corners for smooth seams.
Flip your mask right side out.
Press the edges of the open seam under and glue in place. Let dry completely.
Choose Tulip Fabric Marker color(s) to complement your mask fabric!
Draw your designs directly onto the fabric and let dry. (No need to heat set.)
Your no-sew face mask is now ready to wear any time you head out!