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May 02
How to Make a Simple Face Covering at Home

​Starting on May 6, 2020, all Massachusetts residents will be required to wear a face covering in public places, including when going for a walk or exercising. Governor Charlie Baker's mandate builds on Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's continued call for residents to wear a face covering when outside of their homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Boston Public Health Commission wants to remind everyone it is important to continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, even when wearing a face covering. 

A face covering is any well-secured paper or cloth that covers the mouth and nose. 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, if it is a cloth covering

  • Allow for breathing without restriction

A face covering can be made from something you already have in your home, such as a scarf, bandana or a t-shirt. Follow the video tutorials below to make your own face covering.

Video Tutorials

How to make a simple face covering from a bandana:


Graphic also available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Arabic

Watch Boston Mayor Marty Walsh make a face covering with only a t-shirt, scissors and rubber bands:


Additional Resources: 

CDC Guidance on on how to make a cloth mask is available here.

BPHC Face Coverings Flyer

VIDEO: Boston artist and former Project Runway Erin Robertson shows you how to sew your own mask 

VIDEO: Sewing studio and fabric shop Gather Here shows you how to sew your own mask

VIDEO: Boomerang Bags Boston gives a tutorial on hand-sewn masks

VIDEO: Local artist Kelli Bos walks you through sewing your own mask


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