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DIY Face Masks

Published on 05/19/2020

In light of COVID-19 and the resulting changes to public life I decided to take up a needle and sew some face masks! It’s actually fun to do and I wouldn’t have thought that I could actually do it!

I got the layout from Nina (German blog post), who in turn got it from Jess Dang’s Video on YouTube (English video). Jess' masks look way better and cleaner than mine, but for my first few tries I’m incredibly happy with how they turned out.

I decided to make them slightly bigger than the layout I got (Google Drive link) because I felt the original size didn’t cover my face as much as I liked.

The comic one is the latest I made, here I used some small rubber bands to hold it up, all other masks use hair ties.


  • Cotton fabric (I used old t-shirts and one store bought fabric (the comic one))
  • Hair ties (cut open, then sewed into the sides)
  • Thread and needle
  • Lots of time

I’ve made them all by hand without a sewing machine, which slows down the process if you’re not used to sewing. It takes me about 3-4 hours to make one mask, if you’re more experienced it probably takes a lot less!

I’m very much in favor of wearing masks and I’m glad it is enforced in stores here in Germany. I think it’s a good balance between keeping things “normal” and slowing down the spreading of COVID-19. I’m still staying home as much as possible, which is incredibly easy for me because I’m working from home (and have worked from home for the past 6+ years); I know not everybody has this privilege and I’m thankful for everyone that is doing their part - thanks!

If you think masks are a way of censorship you can fuck off. :)

Below you can find a gallery of some of the masks I made, I’m planning on doing more over the next weeks.



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Kevin Gimbel

is a DevOps Engineer and avid (Video) Gamer. He’s also interested in Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk, and dystopian books.

Wearing a mask is a good idea!

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