Face Masks with Hair Bands

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Face Masks with Hair Bands

100% Cotton face mask for you and the front line.  Helps protect from coughs, sneezes and dust particles. 

**CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.**  They will not prevent COVID-19, but will help slow the spread. CDC

How To Make A Hair Band Face Mask

Supplies Needed

100% cotton fabric or sheets that you cannot see through

2 hair ties or stretchy headband

4″ fuzzy stick or wire

ruler, thread, scissors, sewing machine

Cut your fabric according to the size charge.  I used the large size.  Lay flat and fold top under 1/4″ hem allowance.

Fold fuzzy stick in half and cut to 4″ in length. Find the center of the fabric by folding it in half, mark center.

Line fuzzing stick in center of fabric. Place under hem allowance and paper clip to hold in place.  Do not use pens because particles can get through the holes.

Sew up hem keeping the fuzzy stick in place.

Sew both edges where the fuzzy stick ends so it cannot move out of place.

With right sides facing each other, line up edges and sew top and bottom closed then sew up one side.

Close the other side half way.  Snip corners.

Turn right side out.  Fold in hem and close up the remainder of the side.

Make pleats by folding mask in a zigzag pattern every 3/4″. Use paper clips or sewing clips to hold in place and press with an iron.

Sew down each side sewing the pleats in place.

Place hair band around edge of mask.

Fold over edge making sure the hair band is inside hem, secure with paper clip and sew.

Repeat on other side.

What Kind Of Fabric Do I Use To Make A Mask

Research shows to use 100% cotton fabric, 100% sheets or cotton t-shirts doubled layered.  Hold fabric up and if you can see through it, it is too thin.  Only use fabric and/or sheets you cannot see through.

Why Use Sewing Clips or Paper Clips Instead Of Sewing Pin

Pins puncture holes in the fabric. COVID-19 is highly contagious because the molecules are so small.  Using pins puts holes in the fabric and will allow particles to get into the mask.

Can I Use Filters In The Mask

Yes!  I have a tutorial here on how to make masks using small filters for face masks. (Coming Soon!)

How Can I Make A Mask With Straps

You can see my tutorial here for masks made with tie straps.

What If I Don’t Have Elastic

No worries!  Cut the elastic from fitted sheets.

Other Helpful Tips For Making Masks

  • If you don’t have wire use foil.  Just fold it a couple of times and cut it to fit your face mask.
  • If you don’t have 100% cotton fabric use 100% cotton t-shirts.
  • Cut t-shirts and use for the straps.
  • Use bias tape for the straps.

Do you have any other tips?  Share them with us in the comments.

I Want To Make Masks For Hospitals

There are so many hospitals that need masks.  If you want to help go to this website and search hospitals in need by State.

When you find a hospital call them and ask them what kinds of masks they prefer before making them.

After you’ve made the masks I recommend mailing them to the hospital instead of bringing them to the hospital (for safety).

Items You May Need To Make This


hair ties

fuzzy stick




sewing machine




  1. What size in diameter will I need for an adult sized mask? In regards to ponytail holder. Thank you!
  2. What size hair band in diameter is best for an adult mask? I'm guessing 3 or 4 inches but I don't have a clue. Thanks!!
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