Turn A Designer Scarf Into A Facemask Without Taking The Scissors To It

Turn A Designer Scarf Into A Facemask Without Taking The Scissors To It

The CDC is now recommending every person wear a face covering when leaving the home, especially in communal places like the grocery store. But, surgical masks (and especially the coveted N-95 masks) should be reserved for healthcare workers only. Don’t worry, you can fasten your own pretty easily—with no scissors and no sewing.

The CDC recommends every person wear a face covering when leaving the house.

And, if we must wear masks, we might as well exercise some personal style, right? Here’s how to easily make a face covering from your favorite designer scarf.

No-Sew Bandana Method

For the CDC’s no-sew face covering, all you need is a bandana or scarf and two rubber bands. With a bandana, fold in half and then in thirds to have a long rectangle. For a long, rectangular scarf, fold in half lengthwise and then in half vertically to have a similarly long rectangle.

Then, place rubber bands or hair ties about six inches apart. Fold side to the middle and tuck the ends into one another. Secure with a safety pin or tape. The folded side faces inward.

Follow the CDC’s guide to creating a facemask with a scarf and two rubber bands. Source: CDC

Wrap An Oversized Scarf

If the idea of loops around your ears makes you cringe, you can just tie a scarf around your nose and mouth. With this method, a few things are important. First, you’ll want to ensure the fabric is doubled once or even twice, as health professionals say the more layers, the better.

Secondly, you want to make sure your scarf is adjusted tightly so you don’t need to touch it once it is secure. You can tie it snugly in the back, but add a safety pin or two to ensure it doesn't slip. Make sure you’re covering both your mouth and your nose. Take care to remove the garment without touching your face, after you’ve disinfected your hands.

Bonus: Give An Old T-Shirt New Life

If you’re feeling a little DIY and want to go trigger happy with your scissors, give a new meaning to your favorite T-shirt as a face covering. If you want a particular logo to be front and center, fold your T-shirt at the center of the logo, vertically. Then, cut a 7- to 8-inch section across both layers. Cut a smaller rectangle within this piece, still folded, about 6 to 7 inches long. Snip the long pieces to make strings and tie around your face.

Follow the CDC’s guide to creating a facemask with an old T-shirt. Source: CDC

However you decide to create your face mask, the general consensus among health professionals is that something is better than nothing. And if fashion is your jam, why not use the covering as a means to reflect your personal style? Just keep these rules in mind: Thicker is better so double up, make sure it is secure, and remove without touching your face.

 

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