DIY Kitchen Towel Face Mask

With the most recent announcement from the US Center of Disease Control, it’s a great time to get a little crafty and make your own cotton face mask. You can make these simple face masks out of cotton items you have at home. Our favorite cotton item to use is a cotton kitchen towel that has been washed. For the ear loops, you can use elastic if you have it on hand, but if you don’t, washed shoe laces work just as well. Follow the instructions below to craft you own custom face mask.

No-Sew face mask essentials

  • Clean cotton kitchen towel
  • Rubber bands or hair elastics


Lay your towel out lengthwise on a flat surface. Fold both ends in the middle, and then fold both ends into the middle once more. Slip the rubber bands or hair elastics along both non folded edges about 1.5 inch. Fold the remaining fabric over the elastic to hold it in place.

To put the mask on your face, simply loop the rubber band or elastics over your ears and make sure the towel covers both your nose and mouth.

Items you will need:

  • Needle and thread (you can use a sewing machine if you have one)
  • Fabric shears or scissors
  • Fabric pins or paper clips to hold the fabric
  • Clean cotton kitchen towel
  • Shoelaces, elastic or extra fabric strips

To follow a simple sewing pattern, click here.