How to make a super quick and easy face covering.

Last week I shared my face mask pattern that I developed hoping to cover all the families requirements and sizes. Unfortunately I didn’t quite achieve it, my father in law has bad arthritis in his fingers. Ties around the ears or head were just to difficult to manage with fingers that don’t bend. So he needed something without ties.

This is the quickest easiest make ever and has no ties. Though it is probably less protective than other face coverings it at least means you can comply with the rules of wearing a face covering when shopping if a face mask doesn’t work for you.

I made my first test run in a piece of medium weight viscose jersey left over from a project I was working on. However I have written the tutorial based on cotton/elastane jersey. Cotton/elastane is readily available in lots of outlets, it has a dense tight knit and heavier handle without being bulky. Therefore hopefully offering a bit of protection and still being comfortable to wear.

how to make a quick face covering from Bobbins and buttons

The other thing I love about this is it is the perfect answer to those large leftover rectangles you get after making a long sleeve top. For me I need to have face masks tucked in every bag I use and one in the car or I am likely to arrive somewhere and realise I have forgotten to bring my mask. A couple of these here and there is an ideal solution.

Another great plus point of this simple make is it works as an easy option for kids. The fun prints and bright colours that cotton jersey is available in makes these feel more like a cool accessory than a protective face covering.


Cotton/elastane jersey with at least 50% stretch

You could play about with other qualities, I am going to try French terry for some winter ones doubling up as a scarf! Bear in mind fabric with less stretch will probably need to be cut wider. If in doubt you can always cut wider, try on and take the seam in until it feels comfortable and stable.

If you plan to wash these face coverings at 60 degrees it is definitely necessary to pre-wash the fabric. It will take 60 degrees but it will cause shrinkage at this temperature.


This is literally a rectangle. To find the size the best method I found was to wrap the tape measure around the nape of your neck to the tip of your nose. Take this measurement as you would when measuring for making garments. The tape measure should be snug but not restrictive and also not to loose. This is the width measurement. I used a height of 50cm for adults and 45cm for kids aged 7-11yrs.

These are the measurements I found worked for my family:

Children 45cm width x 45cm height

Ladies 48cm width x 50cm height

Men 58cm width x 50cm height

How to make:

I made mine using an overlocker but you could also use a regular sewing machine. If you are using a sewing machine make sure you have a jersey needle and use a stretch stitch or medium width zig zag stitch.

how to make a quick face covering from Bobbins and buttons

  1. Fold the rectangle right sides together to form a tube.

how to make a quick face covering from Bobbins and buttons

2. Overlock or machine together. If you are overlocking don’t take any seam allowance. If you are using a zig zag stitch use a 0.5cm seam allowance.

how to make a quick face covering from Bobbins and buttons

3. If you have an overlocker you can overlock the raw edges either end of the tube for a neat finish. You can also leave this raw as cotton elastane jersey won’t fray.

how to make a quick face covering from Bobbins and buttons

how to make a quick face covering from Bobbins and buttons

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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