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DIY Mask From Upcycled Tee's

We’re in the midst of this pandemic and it’s recommended to wear a mask if you have to go out. Not much fun, but you can make a cute, customized masks for yourself and to send to others out of your old t-shirts. This project uses things you should already have around the house and you only need very simple sewing skills. Trust us – if you can sew on a button, you should be able to do this. And if not – this is the PERFECT time to learn a little basic sewing! It's the perfect boredom buster!!!

You’ll Need:

  • An old shirt or piece of clothing
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Compass or round item of the correct diameter (see below)
  • Pencil, pen or something to mark the shirt with
  • Elastic, string or ribbon
  • Needle & Thread


Take your old t-shirt, trace a circle and cut out.

  • Adults will need about 10”-11” diameter
  • Children will need about 8” diameter

***If your shirt has a pattern or decal, figure out what part you would like on your mask, make your circle, and cut out.

Fold your circle in half, and cut down the middle. Then fold each half of circle in half again, and cut. You will end up with 4 pieces.

Take 2 of the pieces, place them with the sides you want on the front of your mask facing together. The sides that are out, should be the back side of your mask.

Sew along the long curved end. You can do a running or basic stitch.

Do the same with the other 2 pieces of your circle.

Unfold your 2 sewn halves and line them up together with the back sides (the ones with the seams) facing each other. The shape will almost look like half of a football. Then do a running or basic stitch all along the outer edge.

***NOTE: If you are using a heavy weight fabric, you can use only 1 layer of fabric to keep it breathable and can skip this this step. You can then make 2 masks!

Measure your elastic, string or ribbon. You might want to cut a slightly longer piece and trim the ends if needed so you get a good fit.

  • Adults will need about 8”-9” of elastic or ribbon for each side of their mask
  • Children will need about 6” for each side of their mask

Take one piece of the elastic and place on one of the pointed ends. Fold the tip of the fabric over the elastic and sew into place. Repeat on the other side.








Hold the mask up to your face and see where the elastic or string will fit comfortably around your ears, tie a knot and trim off any excess. Repeat on the other side.

A simple, customized mask from upcycled material that you can wash and reuse for the duration! There's also tons of other mask making demos out there that you can search online if you want!

Take care, stay safe, and stay healthy friends!


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