How to make a cloth covering with a sprinkle of help from the CDC!

By Eve Bandusena | Writer for Parents Avenue

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Since COVID-19 made it on our radar on a global scale last December, the need for PPEs such as face masks has become indispensable not only for frontliners but for members of the public. The usage of these face masks can’t be underestimated as it helps to slow the spread of the coronavirus among the wider population.

Inarguably, face masks will be an everyday staple for the foreseeable future. For crafty and creative moms out there, we have some great news. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has released a step-by-step instruction for sewing and no-sew cloth face coverings that can be made right from home. These face coverings can also be used as an alternative if face masks aren’t available. 

Important notes from the CDC:

Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended in CDC guidance.


Sewn Cloth Covering


  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


Sewn Cloth Covering


  • Bandana, old t-shirt, or square cotton cloth (cut approximately 20”x20”)
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)

Make sure your cloth face covering:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely covers the nose and mouth
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

This is a replication of an article by the CDC, which can be found at