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Video: Learn how to make a face mask at home with School of Fashion professor Danielle Martin

Follow these steps to create a face mask that helps protect against COVID-19
May 19, 2020

Credit: Ryerson University/YouTube.

Want to learn how to make a protective face mask at home using simple household material?

Now’s your chance with professor Danielle Martin from Ryerson University's School of Fashion.

What you'll need:

  • 1 tea towel
  • Thinner fabric (such as a bed sheet or similar material)
  • Sewing machine
  • Printer to print the pattern
  • Pins
  • Scissors 
  • Iron
  • Ruler


PDF fileMartin posted the pattern online, external link.


For detailed instructions on how to make a face mask, please visit professor Martin’s website,, external link.

Get started by watching the video above.  

This mask is suitable for essential tasks, such as going to the grocery store. It is not COVID-19 proof, nor is it a medical mask.  

Research shows that a mask made using two layers of a 100 per cent cotton tea towel is the most effective textile fabric to protect while completing essential tasks.


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