This is by far the easiest way to make a No Sew Homemade Face Mask in 5 minutes! Undoubtedly this is a ‘Why Did I Not Think Of That’ way to make easy homemade face coverings with materials already in your closet. I have seen many and tried quite a few ways to make face masks and with out a doubt this is my favorite (and not just because it is no sew!)
I am an unabashed fan of No Sew crafts! A few weeks ago I thought I’d try to make a face covering with glue sticks which I absolutely do not recommend. I love a good glue stick craft, but a homemade face mask needs to be durable and washable. This is so easy and so quick and if you need a homemade face mask in a hurry – this is your craft!
And what is more durable or washable than a sock! I know, I could have saved myself alot of time from making my Easy Homemade Face Masks, but I actually see a lane for both types of DIY face masks. Both types of masks have a place as this new accessory for the future.
Currently there are a few ways to make face masks from socks; but I found making a face mask from a knee high sock works the best and this way is a twofer. Two masks can be made from one knee high sock! Who knew! When I first tried making a no sew mask from a sock I found the sock was just a little too small for my liking. The knee high sock mask gives a large section of material to work with and still no sewing – yes! No Sewing is a good good thing for many mask makers.
DIY Face Mask From A Knee High Sock
This is my absolute favorite material to make a homemade face mask! Knee High Socks from stretchy material can make two homemade masks: one from the sock part of the knee high sock and one mask from the part of the sock from the ankle to the calf. Men’s dress socks, women’s knee high socks in large sizes make wonderful mask material. And bonus there are a variety of colors and patterns to choose if ordering socks online.
A knee high sock allows the flexibility of adjusting the size to different mask wearers and the stretchy material allows a third layer of paper to be inserted in the mask with ease. Heavy socks (think winter!) are too heavy and do not allow enough air to filtrate the mask.
Mask Making Tip! When using the part of the sock from the ankle to calf it is better to cut the material larger than smaller and then start adjusting the size.
How To Make A No Sew Homemade Face Mask From A Knee High Sock
Knee High Sock (stretchy material)
Paper towel (optional)
- Wash your hands so the mask is made with clean hands.
- Cut off the top of the sock.
- Cut the sock at the ankle. Save this portion of the sock to make a second smaller mask.
- Now you have a nice sized rectangle of material.
- Do a quick sizing to the face (and I know you are working with already clean hands!) Each end of the material should line up approximately with the beginning of the ear.
- Remember this will be a stretchy mask so there is a fair amount of play with the sizing.
- At the bottom left corner of the material, measure 1 inch towards the middle of the material.
- A “cut” will now be made into the sock (which will make the ear loop).
- From the one inch mark, begin cutting (both sides of the material together) s-l-o-w-l-y.
- The finish “cut” should be 1/3 of the width of the mask from the bottom. The width of each type of sock is different so stopping at the 1/3 mark is a good place to finish and the slice can be adjusted later.
- Repeat the same “cut” for the other side of the mask.
- Now open up the mask and the “cuts” will become the ear loops! How easy is that!
- If desired insert a paper towel sized to the interior of the mask. This does add a third layer and more stability to the mask.
- Give the mask a trial run and place the mask on your face and determine if the ear loops fit snugly. The mask should mold to your face.
- Adjust the size if needed. The material can easily be cut down if a smaller size is needed.
- Once a few masks have been made it is easy to gauge how big the ear loop cut should be for each person.
How To Make A No Sew Homemade Face Mask From Bottom Of A Sock
The same procedure is used to make a mask from the bottom of a sock.
Use the bottom of the sock as described above.
Use the same cutting method to make the ear loops with “cuts”.
This will be a smaller mask.
Every sock is different there is some difference in the stretch of the material. Athletic socks can be very thick and are probably not the best choice when surfing through the drawers. Thin athletic socks can work as well as men’s over the calf socks.
This is such an easy No Sew Face Mask without trying to find the elusive elastic band to make ear loops. But if you do want to make a face mask with the elastic ear loops I surfed through my home, garage and car and found 17 Substitutions For Elastic Bands from items already IN your home!
I will be making both the sew and no sew face masks to have a choice and our public and non profit outreach agencies are in need.