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How To Make Your Own Face Mask

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On May 1, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that anyone over the age of 2 unable to maintain proper physical distancing would be required to wear a face mask while outside. The order, which goes into effect Wednesday, May 6, requires masks to be worn at all times while inside grocery and retail stores and on public transit.

If you don’t yet have a mask or covering, here are a few options for making your own at home, from sewn options to those that require only a rubber band and cloth.

CDC’s No-Sew Face Covering Tutorial

This 45-second video shows you how to make a face covering from items you might have around the house: scarves, bandanas, old T-shirts and rubber bands.


Hand-Sewn Face Mask

In this step-by-step guide, you’ll be shown how to cut fabric and sew your own mask, no sewing machine required.


Machine-Sewn Face Mask

This video lays out all the tools and materials you need to sew your own mask with a sewing machine and includes sizing and patterns, and walks you through the mask-making process step by step.

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Dianna Bell Twitter Arts & Culture Editor
Dianna Bell is arts and culture editor for WBUR.

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