Homemade face masks have become essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the CDC changed its recommended guidelines to say that everyone should wear some form of a cloth face covering in public places. We recommend using dish towels. Shop our great selection of dish towels. You may not realize that it’s surprisingly easy to make a DIY face mask with materials you already have at home like dishtowels, socks and bandannas. Julie, our Director of Merchandise, has been making adorable face masks from some of her favorite dish towels. Here, she shares how to do this.
STEP 1: Lay out your favorite towel or bandana and determine which portion you’d like to show.
STEP 2: Cut your material into pieces that are approximately 9” x 6” (remember you’ll want separate pieces for both the front + back). Make sure your design is placed horizontally.
STEP 3: Pin a 7” piece of elastic on each end (two pieces total), about ½” in from each corner (or use strings if you prefer a tie version; you’ll need four 18” pieces for ties). Using a ¼” seam, begin stitching around the outside of the mask. Leaving a small 2” – 3” open seam along the bottom of the mask.
STEP 4: Turn mask fabric right-side out (pushing through your open seam). Use a pencil to help push out the four corners.
STEP 5: Pin 2 – 3 pleats on each side of the mask + sew a seam along the outside of the mask to hold your pleats in place (and close your small open seam
Your mask is finished!