Upcycle A Single-Use Mask Into A Reusable One

Ms. Melior
by Ms. Melior
4 Materials
30 Minutes

*Editor's note: Find the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mask guidelines here. Stay safe!

We all have to wear masks these days. And we all have a single-use one lying around the house from God knows where.

But we know that reusable cloth masks are much better for the environment... So let's take apart that pesky single use mask and use its parts for a cloth one!

Cut the straps and pull out the bendy nose piece of your single-use mask.

These are the parts you want to keep!

Cut out four pieces of the same pattern.

I just eyeballed the shape, so don't be too worried about getting the lines exactly right!

Just make sure that two pieces are cut on the right side of the fabric and two on the wrong side (we need to be able to tell which part our mouth goes into each time)

Take two pieces and place them right sides together...

And with the other two pieces, place them wrong-sides together.

Straight stitch down the large rounded edge.

Place one inside the other with the clean edges facing each other

Open it up, still with the clean edges facing each other, and sew along the top

Just like this!

Flip the mask right-side-out and do a second stitch along the top. This time, stitch a centimeter below the edge, creating a tunnel for our bendy nose piece.

Slide the baby piece into the middle

Add a small stitch on either side of the bendy nose piece to keep it in place

Flip the mask inside-out and put the ear straps between the two layers in this direction

This is how it will look...

Stitch down both side and along the bottom, but leave a small hole unstitched so that you can turn the mask right-side-out one last time.

Fold the edges of the hole inward and top stitch.

And you're all done!

Enjoy your comfortable and washable face mask...


Ms. Melior

Suggested materials:
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Single-Use Face Mask
  • Scissors
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  • Beverley Gillanders Beverley Gillanders on Jan 26, 2022

    I use a half layer of hepa filter from vacuum cleaner bags i get from Godfrey's, (they do not have fiber glass in them). I started using full thickness but found too much so now half.

  • Deborah Deborah on Sep 16, 2023

    Dryer sheets work good too.