How To Make DIY Face Coverings

On the 11th of May, the UK government advised the general public to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces with many people, such as the supermarket. A face covering is a piece of breathable fabric, usually cotton, that covers one’s nose and mouth that helps to stop the spread of the virus. Face coverings stop those who are unknowingly infected from spreading the virus to the general public. As face coverings are not readily available in supermarkets and not everyone has the ability or funds to order one online, here is a very easy, no-sew method to making your own face covering.

What you will need to make one face covering:

  • 1 Bandana OR a square piece of fabric (preferably cotton)

  • 2 hair bands OR 2 rubber bands (be careful - rubber bands may nip the hairs behind your ears)

  • 1 coffee filter (optional)

  • Glue (optional)


  1. Fold the bottom of your fabric up halfway and then fold it again so it is doubled over then repeat for the other side.

  2. Put one hair elastic or rubber band on one side of the fabric and move it up the folded fabric 1/3 of the way – repeat on the other side until it looks like a giant wrapped boiled sweet

  3. Next, tuck the ends of the fabric into the main part of the mask and pull the elastics tight.

  4. You can add some glue or a stitch to keep this more secure if you would like.

  5. Flip it over and have your face covering!

Remember to wash your face covering after every use and to wash your hands thoroughly after removing.

Optional instructions:

  1. If you would like to add an extra layer of protection to your mask, add a coffee filter. However, this will have to be removed and replaced carefully and hygienically after every use.

Tutorial credit: LaurDIY on Youtube