How to Make A Reversible and Washable DIY Face Mask At Home: No Sewing Machine Needed

How to Make A Reversible and Washable DIY Face Mask At Home: No Sewing Machine Needed

These days, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find face masks. Shipments are arriving from manufacturers and overseas orders on a daily basis, but going out to get one might put you at risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Online orders are getting expensive, too. Being at home gives you the freedom to take control of anything you can, including making your own face mask for everyday life. This DIY face mask that you can make at home is reversible and washable, so you can create a fun and unique look. All without having to waste money or add to pollution!

Note: It’s an easy process so don’t be intimidated by the number of steps.

How to Make A Reversible and Washable DIY Face Mask At Home

This DIY face mask can be done in under 20 minutes. The first one may take a little longer as you get used to the technique, especially if you’ve never used a needle and thread before. 🙂 Once you get the first one ready, you’ll find that you can easily make more for yourself and the entire family.

Even better, this face mask is reversible and washable. The burp cloth insert helps with mild filtration since it’s cotton-based. You can use any lingering fabric you have in the home, or you can buy some if you need to make multiple masks. Have fun and choose patterns that’ll bring you joy and comfort when you put them on.

What You’ll Need:

Step-by-Step Guide:

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Fold the disposable mask in half and fully extend it. (If using a paper cut out, skip to step 3)

Fold about 1/3 of the fabric over so the pattern is facing outward. Place the mask over the fabric so the folded edge of the mask aligns with the folded edge of the fabric.

Trace the face mask shape onto the back of the fabric and make a 1/2-inch outline of the trace.

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Cut the fabric pattern using the 1/2 inch outline as your guide. The fabric should look like a giant bowtie once opened.

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Repeat the same steps with the second pattern and the burp cloth. Use the cut fabric as your guide.

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Place the first piece of the face mask fabric down on a surface, pattern facing the surface.

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Place the burp cloth on top of the pattern, fold it over, and sew the curved sides together using the needle and thread.

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Take the second piece of fabric, fold it over, and sew the curved sides together.

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Place one piece of the face mask fabric over the second, with the pattern sides facing each other.

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Sew the top and bottom pieces together.

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Once you’re done, carefully flip the fabric so it’s right-side out.

Prepare 6 to 8 inches of the elastic. Grab the side of the face mask and fold the un-sewed part over into the mask.

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Place one end of an elastic pier toward the top of the open side. Start sewing this side closed. Once you start to reach the other end, place the other side of the elastic in and sew it into place. Repeat on the other side.

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You’re all set!

DISCLAIMER: This Washable DIY Face Mask At Home is NOT as protective as an N95 or surgical mask. 

Your DIY face mask is ready! So what else can you do? Try our DIY Hand Sanitizer for outside use or a DIY Ginger Bath Detox to help you relax and unwind.

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