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

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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 expose you to illness. 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! It’s an easy process so don’t be intimidated by the number of steps.

How to Make A Reversible and Washable 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.

NOTE: It is imperative that the mask is properly cleaned in soap and hot water before using reverse side.

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:

  • Disposable face mask (or a paper cut out with 11.5cm diameter and 8.5cm sides)
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Burp cloth
  • A needle and thread
  • Elastics (Available online at Amazon, Target, Michaels, etc.)

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

Step-by-Step Guide:

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

8 Comments on "How to Make A Reversible and Washable Face Mask At Home: No Sewing Machine Needed"

  1. Doreen  April 8, 2020

    Terribly confusing instructions, sorry, I hate being negative.

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    • Clifford Genece  April 9, 2020

      Hi Doreen, which parts did you find confusing? I’d be glad to clarify in case other people find them confusing also.

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  2. Patti  April 8, 2020

    Why is one side 8cm and the other 8.5cm?

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    • Clifford Genece  April 9, 2020

      Hi Patti,

      The instructions for what you’ll need show: Disposable face mask (or a paper cut out with 11.5cm diameter and 8.5cm sides). The image shows different length sides because I have very small ears and the elastic kept folding them over, so we made one side smaller so I could adjust the fitting better.

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  3. KIMBERLY M MICHAUD  April 22, 2020

    Hello, do you have a PDF I can download? My Mother is 75 and would like to have a pattern but she doesn’t doe computers :-(.
    Thank you Kim

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    • Gale Compton  April 24, 2020

      Kimberly, We don’t have a pdf but feel free to copy and paste from the site.

      Reply
  4. Steve Jefferson  June 4, 2020

    Thank you for sharing the great idea! I don’t have a sewing mashing, so it’s great that I can make the face mask.

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    • Nichole Furlong  June 4, 2020

      We’re glad to hear you were able to use our mask how-to!

      Reply

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