Making homemade fabric masks without a sewing machine



Face masks have become essential household items since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a shortage of masks in local stores, now is the time to learn how to make your own homemade fabric mask with just a few items. Melonie Unger from Calico Gals Quilt Shop and Sewing Center shows how to make a fabric mask without a sewing machine.

Using a needle, thread, fabric and a t-shirt band that will act as an elastic, you can hand sew your own mask.

Start with three pieces of fabric which will be the front, back and lining of the mask. Thread all around the fabric, leaving a hole in the bottom to turn over. You’ll end up with a large rectangle shape, which you then fold over and sew around the edges. Sew the t-shirt strips together and you have yourself a fabric face mask.

Unger says people in the community can get their own homemade fask masks from her. “We have sewers throughout the community… we have 5 drop-off points. You put it in a trash can and you can make a request. We have you picked up in the trash or we deliver, ”she added.

To get a homemade Unger mask or to request, email [email protected]

Calico Gals is located at 3906 New Court Avenue, Syracuse. For more information visit


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