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How to Make Your Own DIY Face Mask

How to Make Your Own DIY Face Mask

Mar. 21st, 2020

Saber Healthcare Group is dedicated to providing the highest quality of health services possible to our residents, as well as our community, especially in times of crisis. Due to a shortage of facemasks, our communities are left without personal protective equipment. The best way you help support the health of our community is to provide homemade facemasks to our employees. We invite you to join us in creating your own DIY masks and donating to your local Saber facility.

According to the CDC: 

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for the care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. 

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you create your own facemasks at home. 


Here is what you will need for your DIY facemask: 

  • 100% cotton fabric – prints are acceptable 
  • 100% cotton flannel for lining – softer fabric goes next to the face for comfort
  • Two 7” pieces of 1/8” flat elastic
  • Sewing machine, thread, and scissors



  1. Cut 9” x 6” rectangles of fabric from both types of fabric
  2. Place two rectangles together, right sides facing
  3. Place ends of elastic in the corners between layers
  4. Sew around the rectangle with ¼” seam allowance leaving a 2-inch gap along one of the long sides for turning. Reinforce corners and ensure elastic is secure by sewing forward and backward at the corners. 
  5. Turn mask inside out and press flat, keep ¼” seam allowance pressed toward the inside of the mask at the opening.
  6. Pin three 1” tucks on each side of the mask.  Make sure the tucks are all going in the same direction.
  7. Sew around the edge of the mask twice to secure the tucks and close the opening.  


Thank you for taking the time to learn this new skill for the benefit of our community’s health. We hope you found this helpful and continue to remain healthy and safe during this uncertain time. 

Are you interested in donating your DIY masks to a Saber facility near you? Email to learn how you can donate. 

Best wishes to you and your loved ones.