Make a No-Sew Face Mask out of a Sock or Leggings

As of 11:59pm tonight (April 17th, 2020) we will be required, in Alameda County (and surrounding counties), to wear face coverings when in public. You can read the full order here.

When we saw this image on instagram, we knew we had to try it, make some clear instructions, and share it if it worked. 


And, spoiler alert, it worked! And was even simpler than we imagined.  

According to the order:

a “Face Covering” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A covering that hides or obscures the wearer’s eyes or forehead is not a Face Covering. Examples of Face Coverings include a scarf or bandana; a neck gaiter; a homemade covering made from a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or towel, held on with rubber bands or otherwise; or a mask, which need not be medical-grade. A Face Covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.

The order also recommends frequent washing of reusable face coverings, and having extras around so they can be changed out regularly. Ya you change your socks!

Speaking of socks...let's get to work.

Don't forget to watch the video below these instructions and to share your finished product with us. We can't wait to see.

DIY Mask

What You Need

  • Sock (or leggings)
  • Coffee filter
  • Scissors

How To Do It

  1. Take the sock and cut off the heel and the toe.

  1. Make a cut on the sides of the ends of the sock that are about ½ – ¾ of an inch, about halfway up the sock. These will make the straps that go over your ears. Pull on the straps so you can see the mask shape.


  1. Take a coffee filter and place it over the mask. Fold the filter’s edges so that it fits into the pocket of the mask. Then put the filter into the pocket.


  1. Try on your mask and admire your work!  And don't forget to show us how it turns out.  Just email us a picture or tag us on social media!  And, please share your finished crafts with us.  We'd love to see!  Email us your photos or post and tag us on social media.  You can find us on FacebookFlickrInstagram, and Twitter.

Check out Sharon, the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services, trying it out with socks and leggings.

Download a printable version of the instructions.