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DIY: Face mask

Coronavirus has us all going crazy, but there’s no reason to worry about catching the virus; here’s an easy way to keep yourself safe. Sew a few extra for the health care professionals in your life!


  • Fabric, such as cotton, a washcloth or a microfiber cloth
  • Elastic band or two hair ties
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  1. Start with 2 rectangles of fabric, 12″ x 6″ (or 11″ x 5″ for a smaller head)
  2. Sew the layers together; then sew the bottom edge closed.
  3. Fold over one side edge, and using a regular hair tie or piece of elastic, start sewing the fabric so that the elastic is inside the fold.
  4. Once you’ve started it, pull the elastic taut and sew down the rest of the fold.
  5. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Be sure to backstitch (sew over multiple times) at the beginning and end of the seam, since the elastic will be pulling at those spots.