DIY Face Mask Using a Tea Towel
Given the number of DIY face mask tutorials available online, we hesitated to even publish our own, but making this content readily available felt like the responsible thing to do! And, unlike many of the guides you'll find, we wanted to present two options: the No-Sew Face Mask method as well as the Sewn DIY Face Mask (using one of our cheeky bird tea towels!). Huge kudos goes out to my amazing mom back in Michigan, who helped us by sewing our tea towel face masks.
Sewn Face Mask (Using a Tea Towel)
As of April 1, 2020, the CDC has recommended the use of cloth face coverings in public settings such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and wherever social distancing is otherwise difficult to maintain (and everywhere in areas of significant community-based transmission). Face coverings can be made from everyday materials such as a tee-shirt, bandana, or tea towel! Recognizing the nationwide shortage of medical face masks, we wanted to help make this easy tutorial available to encourage sewing your own face mask—and not rushing to deplete an already short supply. We hope you find it helpful (and doable) even if it's your first time with a needle and thread!
- Sewing machine
- 20” x 20” (or larger) tea towel cut into two 10” x 6” rectangles of cotton fabric
- Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties) or 4 strips of fabric for ties (cotton from tea towel or shoe laces)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
No-Sew Face Mask
You always knew those old stretched out hair ties would come in handy!
- 20 x 20-inches fabric (tightly woven cotton bandana, tea towel, or old pillow case)
- 2 hair ties / scrunchies