How to fold a piece of Cloth into a Mask : No-sew method of making masks

When you are in a hurry and all your homemade or store-bought masks are in the wash or have very inconveniently disappeared just as you were about to go out, you have a situation.

How to deal with this crisis in the present scenario?  Simple enough; just  fold your square scarf, bandana, or handkerchief into a quick mask.

I will tell you how to fold any square piece of fabric to function like a real mask – without any sewing whatsoever.

You need a 22 inch square fabric piece or bandana for making these masks.

Simple tying cloth mask

Keep your fabric infront of you.

fold cloth into a mask

Fold it into a triangle, right sides to the outside.

fold cloth into a mask

Bring up the bottom corner as in the picture below.

fold cloth into a mask

Fold up once more. 

fold cloth into a mask

This is your easy folded mask – keep it over your nose and mouth and bring the two edges to the back and tie them together on the back of your head with two knots.

Make a cloth Mask with hair ties

You can use 2 hair ties, as I have done or 1/4 inch wide elastic pieces (4.5 inches long) made into tubes by tying the edges (for a strictly no-sew version of the masks).

no sew folded fabric face mask

Keep the fabric in front of you, wrong side up.

fold cloth into a mask

Bring the top and bottom edges to the middle.

no sew face mask

Flip the fabric so that the flat side is facing you.

no sew face mask

Now again bring the top and bottom edges to the middle.

no sew face mask

Now flip this again to the back.

Fold the short edges to the middle, so that the mask (middle) portion measures about 9 inches.

no sew face mask

Insert the hair ties through the sides. You can insert one of the edges into the folds of the other edge.

no sew face mask

Your folded no-sew mask is ready.

no sew folded cloth face mask

A different version with neater back

The back of the mask given above has many folds – they can be hidden as well if you follow the following directions to make the mask.

Bring up the bottom corner of your fabric piece, as in the picture below.

no sew face mask

Bring up the bottom edge in another fold.

make a face mask without sewing

Fold once more.

make a face mask without sewing

Insert the ties through the sides.

Flip the fabric so that the back of the mask is towards you.

You can now tuck the projecting part into the folds at the back.

 

no-sew mask making tutorial

This is your yet another folded fabric mask.

make a no-sew face mask with folded fabric

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Comments 4

  1. That is so neat and really looks easy. It beats the hours i spend sewing them, thank you. I love it when this old dog can learn a new trick. B. J. S.

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      Hi Betty
      Nice to know this was useful. The many folds may be slightly annoying for some but they give multilayer protection naturally : ) and in emergencies these folded bandana masks can be useful.

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