Make Your Own Face Covering

It has just been announced that as of Friday 24th July wearing coverings in shops will be compulsory. We’re all about being safe here at AUBSU so we thought we’d share some links and tips with you for how you can create your own face covering.

Making your own face covering out of reused materials (rather than buying single-use or mass-produced face coverings) is more sustainable and better for our planet! Plus, it allows for more creative freedom so you’ll be able to make the perfect covering for you.


Making your covering:


1. Choose your materials

This is the fun bit, as you can go all out with patterns and textiles! Anything goes, from geometric patterns to floral, cute animals to bold block colours.

We recommend that you upcycle rather than buying new so try visiting Dorset Scrap Store or local charity shops to pick up some materials. Otherwise try and support some independent print markers or stores!

Do make sure you’re using appropriate materials like cotton. Those fishnets may look edgy but the large holes do kind of defeat the point…


2. Choose your pattern

There are loads of different ways to make face coverings. We’ve picked out some tutorials for you to have a crack at, though bear in mind that research is continually developing so make sure you’re following advice and wearing suitable face coverings! For example, it is best to have a couple of layers of material in your covering, rather than a simple bandana or t-shirt layer.


Tutorial 1:

If you're up to some machine sewing, this pleated style is more complex, with pocket to insert a filter to assist with catching the particles. You can use coffee filters or even kitchen roll for each use.


Tutorial 2: 

For a pattern of various sizes to download and a simpler mask to make, give this one a try!


Tutorial 3: 

Here's two different face covering styles to try (and some pretty motivation for you!):


3. Get sewing!

You may need to make a few before you really get the knack of it, especially if you’ve never sewed before, but it’s a great skill to learn!

There are loads of tutorials on Youtube to get you started with some basic sewing skills. 


4. Share your skills!

If you do boss the covering-making then why not offer to make some for friends or sell them for a small donation to raise money for a charity in need (lots of charities are really struggling right now!)?



If you find that sewing is really not for you or it all looks a bit generally overwhelming then you can buy some lovely face coverings from sustainable, local sellers. Check Etsy stores or your local zero-waste shops like Bournemouth’s Almond & Co.


Looking after your face covering

It’s important to make sure you handle your face covering with clean hands and wash it regularly on a 60 degree cycle. Government and health advice is continually updating about masks so do make sure you check government advice regularly to ensure you’re protecting yourself and others.


Stay safe and happy sewing!


Note: a face covering? reduces the spread of coronovirus but doesn't prevent you from contracting the virus or spreading it in other ways. Make sure you follow all government safety guidelines and keep up to date with advice.