How To Turn An Old Shirt Into A No-Sew Face Mask

Now we know how to use all those old t-shirts.

Now that everyone is putting in their mask orders and trying their best to stay safe during the ongoing pandemic, the importance of facial coverings cannot be understated. Most major retailers are now requiring patrons to wear masks in order to enter the premises. If you are finding yourself running low on disposable masks, we have got the perfect hack to assist you.

This hack is also useful when you have cloth masks that are in need of cleaning. You can make these masks within a few moments and there are absolutely no sewing skills required. There are multiple techniques that you can utilize, but all of them come with the same requirement: A short sleeve cotton T-shirt.

A Los Angeles Times writer made a very important distinction, as well, pointing out that you’ll want to hold the fabric up to the light before beginning. If it’s see through, it’s a sign that the shirt is too thin to serve as an effective face mask. You are going to want to opt for the heaviest weave that you have on hand.

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After that, all you need is a pair of scissors and you are all set to begin.

There are a few mask patterns that you can use. The AARP has an eight step process that is easy to use and will keep you and your loved ones safe. If you need the basic gist, its very understandable.

To start, slice the sleeve off your T-shirt and make sure that it is large enough to cover your mouth and nose. The bottom hem also needs to be cut off, so that you have a big enough loop. Once the loop has been snipped, you’ll be able to create a long string of fabric. By taking the time to arrange the strip, you can position the sleeve and create an adjustable mask that offers maximum comfort.

University of San Francisco researcher-in-residence Jeremy Howard is offering all of the additional background that you need on the mask creation process. Be sure to take a moment to check out this clip and learn more about how you can stay safe during quarantine.