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How to Make Your Own Face Mask Using Fabric

· How-to

As the World Health Organisation and other Health Control bodies continue to study and monitor the spread of the Coronavirus disease, we have to play our part in keeping safe and keeping others safe. Wearing face masks in public spaces (e.g supermarkets) is highly recommended but like the hand sanitiser, they have either become too expensive or are not available for purchase.

And like we do at PEN, we use materials that can be found around the house to teach how to make something that’s fun and exciting.

These masks may not necessarily stop you from getting infected (social distancing, hand washing and staying at home are still strongly advised); but they can help to protect others from you if you are infected and do not show symptoms (asymptomatic).

Here’s how you can make your face mask using materials around the house.

Materials you can use:

  • An old cloth, a piece of fabric like the one pictured above, an old scarf or a bandana.

  • 2 rubber bands

  • Scissors for cutting the fabric


  1. Cut out the material into a square form (cut it big enough to make room for folding).

  2. Fold it to the middle from the bottom

  3. Then fold it to the middle from the top

  4. Next, flip the fabric to the backside

  5. Then fold it again to the middle from the bottom and the middle from the top

  6. Attach a rubber band, one at each side of the folded fabric

  7. Fold both sides into each other.

And you have yourself a home-made face mask.

Taking care of face mask

  1. It’s better to wear it when you are outside your home in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. 
  2. The fabric face mask should be washed routinely.

Above all remember to

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser if water and soap are not available at the time

  • Maintain social distancing

  • Stay at home

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