Masked Up // No-Sew, No-Cut Face Mask Tutorial

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to make a bandana face mask.
This past weekend, it became official in NYC: wearing a face mask/covering is now required in public places where social distancing is not possible. More secure than a scarf, I've been wearing this DIY face mask. Scroll down to watch how I made it — and to see what I wore it with on my bi-weekly grocery run.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute sweat pants outfit.
Just like the rest of the city, I'm staying home as much as I can. Aside from my near-daily social-distance runs, I only venture out every two weeks to purchase groceries and occasionally to buy toiletries at Duane Reade across the street. A few days ago, it was grocery time.

Since going to Whole Foods is now a "dress-up" occasion, I like to look a bit more polished than I do in my usual self-isolation getup. I teamed black joggers with a matching cropped tank, and my favorite Veja sneakers. To pull it all together, I threw a burgundy bomber jacket on top, taking the outfit from fitness studio to street style.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a weekend errands outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a DIY bandana face mask.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's grocery-run street style during COVID-19 pandemic.
 Of course I took along my trusty self-constructed face mask. To create it, I used a normal sized bandana and simply folded it a few times, looping each end through a hair tie. I am NOT a crafty person, but making this was so easy — no cutting or sewing required!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's no-sew bandana face mask tutorial.
And of course, sometimes I still wear it like this too — folded in half on the diagonal and tied in the back. In my opinion, bandanas are the most versatile (and easy!) way to create a face mask. But if you're looking for other options, the CDC is a great resource. Just make sure whatever you're wearing covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a bandana face mask in NYC.

[top: Aritzia (other similar ones here and here) // sweat pants: Reebok (similar pairs here and here) // jacket: Vince (similar styles here and here) // sneakers: Veja // choker: Uncommon James // initial necklace: Anthropologie // purse: vintage Fendi from my mom // tote bag: BCBG (I also like this one) // bandana: Urban Outfitters (similar style here]

When choosing a bandana to use as a face covering, make sure it's 100% cotton. Per current CDC guidelines, that's what's known to be most effective. Every option I've linked to below, is in fact 100% cotton — prices starting at just three dollars.

Stay well <3 



  1. You definitely were super stylish during your grocery run! Love this look.
    the creation of beauty is art.

  2. Hey, where do you get your outfit inspiration? I definitely need to follow those same people xo