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How To Make A Face Mask Without Elastic

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How To Make A Face Mask Without Elastic
How To Make A Face Mask Without Elastic

"Make yourself a DIY Cloth Face mask with fabric ties, a filter pocket and an (optional) nose wire piece. It has a loose fit, so it can be either used alone or over a n95 mask. Made entirely from fabric, this face mask is a great option to consider given the current shortage of elastic. Plus - many people who wear masks all day prefer ties that go around the head over ear loops, as it's more comfortable and does not put a strain on the ears. Watch the no-fluff video tutorial and sew up yourself an awesome face mask in minutes! You still need to follow all other precautions recommended by CDC including staying at home as much as possible, washing hands for at least 20sec, keeping social distance, not touching your face, eye and mouth."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byEither Hand or Machine


Materials List

  • main fabric – 9″x 7″ cotton
  • lining fabric – 2 pieces 9″x 7″ cotton
  • bias tape – 1/2 inch double folded – 2 x 40″ long
  • crafting or floral wire for the nose wire piece
  • basic sewing notions
  • sewing machine (or sew it by hand)


  1. Cut fabric according to the instructions

  2. Place both lining pieces RST and stitch two 2" horizontal lines at the middle to create the filter pocket. Open the fabrics, now you should have an opening in the middle

  3. Place the top piece on top of the filter pocket fabrics.

  4. Stitch short sides

  5. Turn right side out

  6. Attach bias tape on top and the bottom

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