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How to Make a Face Mask Out of a Sock

How to Make a Face Mask Out of a Sock
© Emily VanSchmus
By Emily VanSchmus, Better Homes and Gardens

As restrictions and shelter-in-place orders ramp up again around the country, one thing is certain: The need for face masks isn’t going away any time soon. If you don’t have a cloth mask yet, it’s easy to sew your own or buy one online. But if you’re really in a rush, we’ve found a simple DIY face mask that you can make yourself in less than 5 minutes.

With just one sock and a pair of scissors, you can make a face mask to pick up groceries or pull on while your regular cloth mask is in the wash (here’s how to wash your masks properly). I spotted this sock mask tutorial from the Los Angeles Times and decided to try it out for myself. I was initially skeptical that it would fit comfortably, but I was able to assemble it quickly and easily, and it fit my face snugly too.

How to Make a Sock Face Mask

  • Supplies Needed
  • Sock
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these easy directions to make a face mask out of a sock. You should be able to assemble one in less than five minutes without any special supplies.

Step 1: Cut Sock Top

© Emily VanSchmus
© Emily VanSchmus

All you need for this DIY face mask is a single sock, so raid your basket of stray socks and pick out the stretchiest, softest one you can find. While you can make a mask with any size sock, I found that a crew sock worked best (a short ankle sock likely won’t be big enough for an adult face). You'll be trimming off the top, so it helps to have one with some length. To start making the sock mask, cut two half-inch strips off the top of the sock; these will become the ear straps.

Step 2: Cut Along Back of Sock

© Emily VanSchmus
© Emily VanSchmus

Once you've cut the ear loops, start at the open end of the sock and make one long cut across the back edge (the heel side) of the sock. Cut until you get to the middle of the toe edge, then open the fabric so that it lays flat.

Step 3: Add Ear Loops

© Emily VanSchmus
© Emily VanSchmus

To assemble the mask, slide an ear loop onto either end of the fabric, lengthwise, and scoot them in about an inch and a half from each end. Then, fold the fabric on the outside over each loop. When you're wearing the mask, the folded fabric will rest against your face, while the loops will wrap around your ears. If the mask doesn't fit quite right, just adjust the placement of the loops, re-fold the fabric, and try it on again.

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