How to Modify A Tie Face Mask Into an Adjustable Ear Loop Mask

Modified Tie Face Mask into a Ear Loop Mask -

Unfortunately, the face mask saga goes on, and for some folks putting a face mask on and off can be a challenging thing. I am going to share another tip with you on how you can modify a TIE FACE MASK into an ADJUSTABLE EAR LOOP MASK. Hopefully, this will make your face-mask-wearing experience a little more doable.


  • Elderly people who don’t have the range of motion to put their hands over their heads, let alone be able to tie a mask behind their heads.
  • Little children that don’t know how to tie will also find an ear loop mask more doable. (It is the mother’s who have to continually tie and adjust their kid’s face mask). What a pain!
  • Those who simply don’t want to tie their mask every time they go into a store, Dr. Office, or whenever going out and about.

modify a tie face mask- face mask variety There are a lot of different types of face masks kicking around out there, and they each have different attributes. I wear several different types of face masks and am finding the ear loop masks are more convenient for quick trips in and out of the store. However, if you have to wear a face mask all day, the tied masks win in this situation. 

This method to modify a tie face mask can be done to all masks with ties. I prefer soft, comfortable ties made from upcycled t-shirts or spandex. You can learn how to make these ties HERE. Such a great alternative to elastic. Not only are they more comfortable, but they also don’t cost any money to make SIMPLE RECYCLING!

I also have some easy and effective FACE MASK PATTERNS and tutorials, if you’re up to making your own.

Watch the video tutorial below or on my YOUTUBE channel




How to Modify Tie Face Mask Into an Adjustable Ear Loop Mask Nose Wire


  1. If your face mask has a nose wire, locate the top of your mask. You will be working with the bottom tie first.

    How to Modify Tie Face Mask Into an Adjustable Ear Loop Mask step 2

    STEP 2

  2. Take the tie and make a small loop right next to the mask. Wrap the tie around the loop and poke it through the center of the already made loop.

    STEP 3

  3. Pull it out and at the same time, pull the knot down to tighten. You will have a loop and a knot.
  4.  Adjust the knot as close to the mask as possible.
  5. Pull the end of the tie to make the loop smaller, but not too small.
  6. Now take the top tie and thread it through the lower loop. Cinch the loop to tighten around the top tie. The top tie should be able to slide back and forth, making the loop adjustable!

    STEP 7

  7. To reinforce the bottom knot, wrap the tie around the base of the knot, and make another knot. Pull it tight.

    STEP 8

  8. Tie a knot in the top loop so it doesn’t slide out of the loop. (You may want to try the mask on at this point to see how long you want the tie to be). DON’T CUT UNTIL YOU GET IT ALL ADJUSTED.

    STEP 9

  9. Do the same thing on the other side. Before knotting the other top tie, fold the mask in half and line up ties so you can make the knot match the other side.
  10. Try it on and cut off the excess tie fabric. 

There you have it. A SIMPLE, QUICK, and an effective way to modify your tie face masks.

Let me know if you have any questions. 


Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep smiling behind those face masks.

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  • LindaJuly 19, 2020 - 10:17 am

    You are so clever, Jan! Thank you for this post. It’s  just what I needed.ReplyCancel

    • JanJuly 19, 2020 - 2:11 pm

      Hi Linda,
      So glad this was helpful!!!! You are so kind.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Pickens-BargerJuly 20, 2020 - 8:42 am

    Can you number the photographs to correspond with the instruction numbers?  I’m finding it confusing as to which instructions go with which photograph.  Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • JanJuly 21, 2020 - 10:29 am

      HI Gail, great idea. DONE. I hope this helps. Thanks for the suggestion. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Rea WaltonAugust 17, 2020 - 11:00 am

    Thank you so much for this, Jan. My favorite mask is now more favorite! Your instructions are super clear and easy.rReplyCancel

    • JanAugust 20, 2020 - 1:28 pm

      Hey Rea, Thanks so much. Ya gotta love the face masks!ReplyCancel

  • eAugust 21, 2020 - 1:18 pm

    Thank you! My first few face masks have bias binding straps since I couldn’t find enough elastic — I prefer over-the-ear for convenience, but haven’t had time to do more elastic-ear masks. This let me repurpose my early behind-the-head tie masks into ear loop masks. Really easy and worked like a charm on two different types!ReplyCancel

    • JanAugust 21, 2020 - 3:01 pm

      Awesome! Good to hear and thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • HayleySeptember 9, 2020 - 1:34 pm

    I have been looking for exactly this solution to use natural fabric/t-shirts as adjustable mask ties, but Google results were always giving me elastic straps or pre-made masks. Finally put in the right keywords, it seems. Thank you so much for posting this! Very grateful.ReplyCancel

    • JanSeptember 9, 2020 - 3:51 pm

      You are so welcome. So glad you found me!ReplyCancel

  • LilySeptember 17, 2020 - 9:31 am

    I bought a bunch of over-the-head masks for my kids before realizing that they preferred ear loop. Would your method work with masks that already have elastic over-the-head straps? Would love to know before I cut. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • JanSeptember 17, 2020 - 1:04 pm

      Hi Lily,
      Thanks for reaching out. Whether you can use the existing elastic for adjustable loops will depend on the kind of elastic it is.  If it is small or circular elastic it may work. But if it is wider than 1/8 inch elastic, it may be uncomfortable around the ear. Let me know if you try it, and if it works. Perhaps you could try one mask before you cut all of them.ReplyCancel

  • LesleiOctober 14, 2020 - 7:53 am

    I left the top string long, and tied the ends together, creating a “ necklace “ string.  This way I can slip it off and back on quickly and easily.  ReplyCancel

    • JanOctober 14, 2020 - 10:06 am

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing Leslei.ReplyCancel

  • dianaDecember 29, 2020 - 2:37 pm

    i found this post from Google. thank you so much for this, it helped me make the masks i received as xmas gifts much more wearable!ReplyCancel

    • JanJanuary 3, 2021 - 11:32 am

      You are so welcome! Glad it was helpful!ReplyCancel

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