Have you ever thought of how to make a mask out of a t shirt? Coronavirus case counts are increasing nationwide, so wearing masks is one of the effective ways to slow the spread of coronavirus. It’s true that masks can be difficult to come by these days, so we’ll guide you on how to make your own without sewing using a T-shirt. 

With just an old t-shirt and some rubber bands, you can make a no-sew mask that you can use again and again. It’s incredibly easy that you can do it in less than 10 minutes. Even if your sewing skill is not up-to-snuff, here are these quick tutorials on how to make a mask out of a t shirt; no sewing skills required.

What do you need to make a mask out of a t shirt?

Making a cloth face mask is really simple and doesn’t require professional sewing skills or a sewing machine. Here are some materials you should prepare: 

  • Scissors
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 2 rubber bands or hair ties
  • Ruler or tape measure

According to a recent study on homemade masks by the Manufacturing Development Center at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, high-quality cotton is a great choice for masks, and that includes T-shirts. If you have an old t-shirt that made out of cotton, consider it your first choice. A two-layer cotton face mask is both breathable cool and efficient in blocking possibly virus-carrying respiratory droplets.

How to make a mask out of a t shirt

How to make a mask out of a t shirt with hair ties or rubber bands

1. Prepare The Materials


Lay an old t-shirt on a flat surface and smooth it out with your hands. Use a ruler and begin with the bottom of the shirt, and measure up 6-7 inches. 

2.  Cut Up Your T-Shirt


Do you know how to cut a t shirt? Cut up and across. You’ll end up with a big rectangle. 

3. Fold the Fabric

How to make a homemade face mask

Take the top edge of the fabric and fold it down until the edge reaches the middle of the fabric. Repeat the fold with the bottom edge of the fabric. You’ll now have two edges that meet in the middle.

4. Create More Folds


Repeat step 3 by folding the top and bottom edges again to meet each other in the middle.

5. Add Your Rubber Bands or Hair Ties


Loop a rubber band or hair ties around each end of the folded fabric, leaving about 2 inches in from the end of the fabric. 

6. Make a Final Fold


Fold the right side and the left side toward the center. The two edges should meet each other in the middle. Your mask is now completed! 

Face mask with built-in strings


This is similar to the face mask with hair ties. 

1.  Place an old t-shirt on a flat surface and smooth it out. Use a ruler and start with the bottom of the tee, and measure up 7-8 inches and cut across. You’ll end up with a big rectangle. 

2. Measure about 6-7 inches from the edges of the fabric rectangle and cut out the material, leaving about a half-inch of material at the top and bottom. These are the strings to tie the mask.

3. Cut the string fabric in half 

4. Take the top two straps and tie them around your neck, then over the top of your head. 

Besides, check out more tutorials to know how to make a mask out of a t shirt:

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How To Care for Your No-Sew Mask

Ideally, your face mask should be washed after each use. You can wash it in hot water and regular detergent. Then dry the no-sew mask on a high-heat setting.


So, do you know how to make a mask out of a t shirt? Hopefully, you’ll like these tutorials and can make your own face mask by yourself. If you want to share another method on how to make a mask out of a t shirt, let us know in the comments below.