How to Make A DIY Face Mask with Handkerchiefs (No Sewing Required)

This post will teach you how to make a DIY Face Mask out of handkerchiefs and hair ties without any sewing required.

These DIY face masks can be made in under 5 minutes, require no skill and will help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

The CDC recently suggested that wearing a cloth face covering is helpful against the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) into the community.

It’s been suggested that everyone should wear a face mask when out in public where other social distancing measures is difficult to maintain (example grocery shopping, picking up essential materials, etc).

DIY Face Mask Tutorial

These cloth masks are not medical grade and can be made from products found in your home. They should be used instead of surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be saved for healthcare workers and first responders.

It is still critical to emphasize that maintaining a 6 feet social distance is still important in slowing down the spread of the virus.

This does not mean that you can now go out and socialize while wearing a face mask. You still need to “shelter in place” and only go out when absolutely necessary.

Given these recommendations, I have typed up simple instructions on how to make your own no sew DIY face mask using a simple mens handkerchief.

Once complete, this DIY face mask can be worn by both men and women. However a smaller handkerchief between 12-14″ can be used for women, teens and children.

Handkerchiefs are perfect as they are 100% cotton, washable and allow for good breathability. This simple tutorial requires no cutting or sewing.

This tutorial is inspired by the many viral no sew face mask tutorials out there.

However, these instructions show how to fold the mask with a pleat which allows for the DIY face mask to have a tighter fit over your nose and mouth.

Click Here For A FREE Handkerchief To Make A DIY Face Mask

How To Fold A DIY Face Mask With Handkerchiefs


1 x FREE Mens handkerchief (while supplies last) (100% cotton- 16″ or larger)
2 x Elastic hair ties

Step 1: Place the handkerchief face down

Step 2: Fold the top part of the handkerchief down to the center

Step 3: Fold the bottom part of the handkerchief up to the center

Step 4: Flip the handkerchief over

Step 5: Fold the top part of the handkerchief down to the center

Step 6: Fold the bottom part of the handkerchief up to the center

Step 7: Flip the handkerchief over

Step 8: Add the hair ties or elastics to both sides of the handkerchief

These should be spaced roughly 1/4 to 1/3 way in on both sides

Step 9: Fold over the left part of the handkerchief to the center

Step 10: Fold over the right part of the handkerchief to the center

Be sure to tuck the right fold into the left part to hold the mask in place.

Step 11: Flip it over and you’re done.

Final Product


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