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How to make a CDC-approved face mask: A step-by-step guide from an expert

Ever since national healthcare officials urged all of us to start wearing masks if we are in situations where we can't effectively social distance, many of us have been trying to make masks ourselves. If you aren't particularly good with a needle and thread and you want to try your hand at doing it yourself this weekend, here’s an easy guideline to follow.

Ann Monroe is a master crafter, and she also knows a thing or two about infectious diseases. Monroe is a pharmacist that worked for the Food and Drug Administration. “I was trained to work on the Avian flu virus,” says Monroe, “which thankfully it didn't get as big as this.

Monroe takes us through the steps of making a functional mask.


  • scissors

  • thread

  • elastic

  • pins

  • something to measure with


  • Cut an old sheet into a 7.5 in. x 14.5 in. rectangle. Fold it in half.

  • Measure where you want to make your pleats, then fold and pin.

  • Next, attach the ties, which are also made from scratch material.

Click the link below to see a video on instructions how to make a CDC approved face mask.

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