“How to Make Your Own Face Covering”


Non-sewn Face Covering


  • Bandana, old t-shirt, or square cotton cloth (cut approximately 20”x20”)
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)


A single bandana is shown lying flat, with the curved edge at the top. Cut bandana in half with a horizontal line.
The square bandana is shown lying flat. The bandana is then folded in half, bringing the top edge of the bandana to meet the bottom edge of the bandana.
The top half of the bandana, with the curved edge at the top, is placed in the center of the folded bandana. Then, fold filter in center of folded bandana. Fold top down. Fold bottom up, to cover the filter entirely.
Insert the folded bandana, with the filter inside, through the center of two rubber bands or hair ties. Place rubber bands or hair ties about 6 inches apart.
Take the left side and the right side of the bandana and fold each side to the middle and tuck the sides into each other.
The bandana should now be a continuous, cloth loop since the left and right sides have been tucked into each other.

Make sure your cloth face covering:

  • fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • completely covers the nose and mouth
  • is secured with ties or ear loops
  • includes multiple layers of fabric
  • allows for breathing without restriction
  • can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

See more about how to wear and wash your cloth face covering.

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4. Quick Fix For A Better Fit

If the ear loops on your mask are too big, it won’t rest securely against your face. To quickly fix the problem, criss-cross each loop before hooking them around your ears.

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5. Avoid Ear Pain

Does wearing your mask lead to pain or sensitivity behind your ears? Instead of securing the loops behind your ears, hook them together with a paperclip around the back of your head. Or you can sew a button on each side of a hat or headband and hook the loops on those instead!

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  • Mary Ellen says:

    “This is what I did, in addition to the instructions above, I put a clean paper towel inside the folded area… and then discard as necessary… as it helps to filter out the clean and dirty air…try it…let me know if you find that … that is helpful” Thanks!

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