Here’s how to make your own fabric mask

The department of health has strongly advised that if you go out in public, you need to wear a fabric mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you can’t afford to buy a ready-made fabric mask, you can simply make your own at home. Here’s how.

Firstly, why do you need to wear a mask?

The Coronavirus is passed from person to person through tiny droplets from the mouth and nose (coughs and sneezes) of an infected person. This means that a mask will not only prevent you from getting infected, but it will also reduce the risk of spreading it to others, if you are already infected. So, it’s really important that your mouth and nose stay covered to prevent any transmission of the virus.

However, a mask only protects you if you use it properly. Remember to wash the mask after every use, do not touch or fiddle with it while you have it on, and wash your hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based sanitizer) after removing it.

To make your own mask, you will need:

1x Ruler/measuring tape

2x breathable cloths (like an old t-shirt)

2x strings (e.g shoe strings)

Glue or sewing thread with a needle

Step 1

Layer your cloths together and cut them to a length of 22cm and a width 15cm.

Step 2

Using glue: Take your strings and place them across the shorter (15 cm) sides of the cloth. Add glue on the inside of the cloth and fold it to cover the string. Make sure that it’s secure and allow the glue to dry.


Sewing: Take your strings and place them across the shorter sides of the cloth, fold the cloth to cover the strings and sew it across, making sure that it is not loose.

Step 3

Fit the mask and make sure that it is breathable and it covers your nose, mouth, and chin. Here’s a step-by-step video guide to making your own mask to help you along.

 There you have it Choma – a fun and creative way to make your very own mask at home. Remember, you can use any cloth you have. Just make sure that it’s clean and that you can breathe through it. Next time you go out, don’t forget to wear your mask. To find out more about the Coronavirus, you can visit the sacoronavirus website.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).