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Whether you already have one our t-shirts, or are looking for the perfect shirt to use for your next DIY face mask, these 100% cotton, made in the USA t's will be just the thing to have you feeling excited for your new homemade face covering. As you might be wearing your masks for a couple hours at a time, it's crucial that you feel comfortable in whatever fabric you choose. These t-shirts feel lightweight and soft, and whichever way you choose to make your mask, you'll be comfortable even after a few hours of wear.

There are two ways, as recommended by the CDC, to create your own face mask using a t-shirt or bandana. 

 

Face Mask with Hair Ties

Here is what you need to make this at home:

- Turtle Fur T-Shirt

- Two hair ties

- Scissors

That's it! 

step-by-step Instructions:

1. Cut approximately 10" off the bottom of your t-shirt (you will be using both the front and the back, automatically giving you two layers of protection). You can use the rest of the t-shirt to make the second face mask option, so you have multiple to use in rotation.

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2. Lengthwise, fold top and bottom of the tube to meet in the middle.

3. Grab your two hair ties. Put one hair tie around each end of the folded t-shirt, and slide it about 1/3 of the way down.

DIY face mask with a t-shirt, no sew DIY face mask

3. Take the outside thirds and fold them over the hair ties, to lie on top of the middle third.



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4. With the t-shirt folded up, pick up by the hair ties, securing the mask over your nose and mouth and looping the hair ties around your ears.

5. Pat down to secure a contoured fit around your nose and mouth. This should look very similar to our Totally Tubular Face Mask.

DIY face mask with a t-shirt, no sew DIY face mask

 

Face Mask - tie behind the head

This is a great option for those of us who wear glasses, as it ties behind the head rather than loops behind the ears.

DIY Face mask that ties behind the head

What you need:

- Turtle Fur T-Shirt

- Scissors

 

step-by-step Instructions:

1. Cut approximately 7 inches off the bottom of your t-shirt. You can use the rest of your shirt to make other face masks, or rags to use around the house!

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2. From one side, cut out a large rectangle, leaving about 0.5-1" for the ties.

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3. Cut the end of each tie.

4. Put the mask securely over your nose and mouth, and tie one string behind your head and the other below your ears, behind your neck.

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Looking for other no-sew face mask options? Check out our Totally Tubular DIY tutorials.

 

Care instructions for your DIY face masks:

Removing your face mask:

Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your face mask. As soon as you have removed your face mask, wash your hands. 

Washing:

It is recommended that you wash your DIY face mask regularly. For our t-shirts, simply Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry Low.

For more information on wearing face masks and COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website and YouTube channel.

 

Disclaimer:

Turtle Fur DIY face masks and neckwear are not considered PPE. Wearing them in public is not scientifically proven to prevent you from contracting the virus, or passing it to someone else. For questions relating to Coronavirus and CDC approved face masks, please visit the CDC's website or talk to your healthcare provider.

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