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How to Make Face Masks to Sell for Profit

One thing is for sure: The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in more ways than many of us would have ever imagined possible. In the United States, one of the biggest changes is that, in most areas, people are required to wear face coverings when leaving their homes. The national use of face masks during coronavirus has resulted in a high demand for face coverings in many different styles, so making and selling them could be a lucrative endeavor. 

Whether you are out of work due to the pandemic or you’re just looking for a way to earn some extra cash, learning how to make face masks to sell for profit is easier than you may think. By buying blank face masks wholesale, you can customize them for any audience. You can buy plain t-shirts in bulk and transform them into face masks (even if you don’t have any sewing skills). Keep reading to learn more! 

Customize Pre-Made Masks

If you are looking for the fastest and easiest way to make your own masks, consider investing in pre-made blank masks. Available in a wide range of colors and styles, they can easily be customized and resold to your customers. Fabric masks can be customized with heat transfer vinyl, inkjet iron-on transfer paper, screen printing and more. Any technique that could be used to customize a t-shirt can be used to customize a mask. You can even buy white cotton masks and tie-dye them to make one-of-a-kind creations! 

If You’re Good at Printing on Shirts, You’re Good at Printing on Blank Face Masks

When customizing pre-made masks, we recommend washing your masks before you get started. Use regular detergent and avoid using fabric softener or dryer sheets. This will pre-shrink the masks while removing any residue or coatings that may be left over from the manufacturing process. When clean, customize your masks however you desire. 

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Make Masks from T-Shirts

With a plain t-shirt, you can easily make a mask that is soft and feels great against the skin. While you could use the fabric from a t-shirt to create a sewn mask, we’re going to tell you how to make one without sewing. All you’ll need is a t-shirt and a pair of scissors. 

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Start by cutting off the bottom 7-8 inches of the shirt. Beginning at the left side, measure in about three times the width of your hand and cut off the smaller remaining section. Place your hand on the left side of the remaining fabric and then cut into the fabric from the opposite end, leaving a thin strip at the top and bottom. Cut off the flap of fabric left between the two strips. Unfold and the mask is ready for wear with the large part placed over the nose and mouth and the strips tied around the neck and top of the head.  

Put Your Sewing Machine to Good Use

If you have a sewing machine that’s been gathering dust, now is a great time to put it to good use. Even if your sewing skills are limited, making masks is a pretty easy task. There are a variety of different tutorials and patterns to follow. In most instances, though, the simpler styles are the most popular. 

Once you’ve made your masks, launder them. Since most masks are made from cotton, it’s important to know how to wash cotton without shrinking or otherwise damaging it. For health and safety purposes, you should always wash handmade masks before selling them to other people, even if you are not sick or experiencing any symptoms. 

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In light of the coronavirus pandemic and face covering mandates, more Americans are wearing masks while out in public than ever before. While there are a lot of strong opinions on both sides of the mask debate, the fact remains that most people are required to wear them when shopping, visiting restaurants, working and otherwise going about their lives. By making masks, you can provide for a vital need while earning a bit of extra cash to help you get through this challenging time. 

Making masks is easier than many people realize, and it’s something that can be quite enjoyable. Whether you start with blank masks from ShirtMax or you learn how to make your own masks from scratch, there are plenty of opportunities for income. Get started today!