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 it into a triangle, right sides to the outside.
Bring up the bottom corner as in the picture below.
Fold up once more.
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).
Keep the fabric in front of you, wrong side up.
Bring the top and bottom edges to the middle.
Flip the fabric so that the flat side is facing you.
Now again bring the top and bottom edges to the middle.
Now flip this again to the back.
Fold the short edges to the middle, so that the mask (middle) portion measures about 9 inches.
Insert the hair ties through the sides. You can insert one of the edges into the folds of the other edge.
Your folded no-sew mask is ready.
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.
Bring up the bottom edge in another fold.
Fold once more.
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.
This is your yet another folded fabric mask.