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Make your own face covering

We expect staff, students and visitors to comply with the Government guidance around face coverings and wear one where legally required or strongly recommended.

On our campuses, we are asking everyone to wear a face covering in all indoor communal areas, such as corridors, stairs and lifts, libraries and the Student Centre, BU’s shops and on the buses, in order to help keep the BU community safe. 

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth and fits securely around the side of the face. The World Health Organisation recommends a three-layer face mask as the most effective face covering. 

If you'd like to have a go at making your own face covering, there are plenty of online resources and guides for all sewing abilities. 


Turn a scarf into a face covering 

Watch our short TikTok video to see how to turn a scarf into a mask using just a couple of hair bands - no sewing needed! 


Simple guide to making a cloth face covering 

The Government have created a simple guide to making a cloth face covering using squares of fabric, elastic or string, and a needle and thread. 


The Big Community Sew 

The Big Community Sew aims to ensure that everybody who needs a face covering has access to one. They have shared video guides from sewing experts and downloadable patterns for pleated and shaped face coverings. 


Recycle an old t-shirt 

The BBC has shared several step-by-step guides to producing a range of different face coverings, including one made from an old t-shirt and some pins. Pick a patterned t-shirt or use parts with a print or image to jazz up your face covering - just make sure it's ok to cut up the t-shirt first!