How to make a no-sew face mask

April 8, 2020 • Contributor: Cricut Team

With the CDC now recommending the use of cloth face masks when we go out in public settings, we’ve been focused on getting you more access to face mask patterns—as you know we launched one pattern two weeks ago that’s been made thousands of times in our community.

We are excited to introduce the newest, easy-to-make, face mask pattern that requires no sewing and can be cut out of materials you have around the house, like a t-shirt.  You can make this face mask pattern with or without a Cricut machine and we’re going to show you how.

Make it with your Cricut Explore machine

Link to patterns in Design Space:

Supplies you’ll need:

  • LightGrip mat - 12 "x 12"
  • T-Shirt (cotton preferred)
  • Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter (optional)
  • Fabric Scissors (optional)
  • Fabric Marking Pen (optional)

Preparation

To make changes to this project, use the Mat Preview screen to move pieces to different mats or colors. We have rotated the piece to fit on a 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) mat.

Cut

Follow the prompts in Design Space® to cut the images from the cardstock.

TIP: For instructions on how to cut the t-shirt using the template, please see the Assemble section below.

Assemble

Step 1: Lay out the t-shirt on your self healing mat or other flat surface and smooth out the wrinkles by hand. Plan out where you would like to cut from the t-shirt.

TIP: With proper planning you can get quite a few masks from each t-shirt!

tshirt

Step 2: Place the template on the t-shirt and trace around the template, or cut directly out of both layers of the t-shirt.

TIP: Don't forget to cut the slits!

tshirt

Step 3: Match up the two pieces with a scrap piece in between the two layers if desired.

tshirts

Step 4: Fold the top edge of both layers down about .5" (1.3 cm) and bring to your face, with the inner layer against your face, holding by the top loops on both sides.

tshirt

Step 5: Loop the top slits over your ears on each side.

tshirt

Step 6: Bring the bottom slits up to loop over your ears on each side again. Adjust the fit as necessary.

TIP: Use left over strips from the t-shirt to create ties or try one of our ear saver projects (coming soon!) to save your ears!

tshirt

Make it with your Cricut Maker machine

Link to patterns in Design Space:

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Old t-shirt (cotton preferred)
  • FabricGrip Machine Mat - 12" x 24"
  • Rotary Blade

Preparation

  • To make changes to this project, use the Mat Preview screen to move pieces to different mats or colors.
  • If you rotate the piece to fit on a 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) mat, make sure that the stretch is greatest along the longest part of the pattern.

Cut

Cut using appropriate cut setting and blade for your materials.

Assemble

Step 1: Gather all of the pieces and press if necessary. Match up the two pieces with a scrap piece in between the two layers, if desired.

tshirt

Step 2: Fold the top edge of both layers down about .5" (1.3 cm) and bring to your face, with the inner layer against your face, holding by the top loops on both sides.

tshirt

Step 3: Bring the bottom slits up to loop over your ears on each side again. Adjust the fit as necessary.

TIP: Use left over strips from the t-shirt to create ties or try one of our ear saver projects (coming soon!) to save your ears!

tshirt

Make it without a cutting machine

Link to download patterns: 

Supplies you’ll need:

  • T-Shirt (cotton preferred)
  • Regular Scissors
  • Fabric Scissors (optional)
  • Fabric Marking Pen (optional)

Preparation

Download and print the pattern.

Cut

Use scissors to cut the pattern pieces out.

Assemble

Step 1: Lay out the t-shirt on your self healing mat or other flat surface and smooth out the wrinkles by hand. Plan out where you would like to cut from the t-shirt.

TIP: With proper planning you can get quite a few masks from each t-shirt!

tshirt

Step 2: Fold the t-shirt in half and use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut around the pattern.

Tip: Don't forget to cut the slits!

tshirt
tshirt

Step 3: Bring the bottom slits up to loop over your ears on each side again. Adjust the fit as necessary.

TIP: Use left over strips from the t-shirt to create ties or try one of our ear saver projects (coming soon!) to save your ears!

tshirt

Keep making, it means the world to us! To check out another face mask pattern that requires sewing, you can visit our previous blog post.

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