CDC guidelines for making cloth face coverings at home

Posted at 6:24 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 07:24:07-04

The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings when out in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC has several examples on how to make a cloth face covering at home. They include directions for people who can sew and others who may not be able to.

Some of the more creative ways to make a face covering include cutting the bottom of an old t-shirt for a makeshift face covering.


It could be as simple as using a bandana, but the CDC also suggests placing a piece of a coffee filter inside and using hairbands to help secure it to your face.

The CDC says cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

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