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USD is asking for assistance in creating face masks for members of the Coyote and Vermillion community. To aid in this effort, USD has a large quantity of free, new, 100% cotton t-shirts that can be picked up at the Muenster University Center front desk and at the Vermillion Public Library to be used to make DIY t-shirt masks.

If you are interested in assisting, please visit the MUC front desk Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or the Vermillion Public Library Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DIY T-Shirt Instructions (no sew method)


  • T-Shirt
  • Scissors

DIY T-Shirt Mask Instructions graphic

1. Cut 7-8 inches from the bottom of a t-shirt.

2. Cut out 6-7 inches, then cut tie strings.

3. Tie strings around neck, then over top of head.

The CDC recommends that cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Mask Safety Guidelines

  • Wash before wearing.
  • Do not touch mask while wearing to avoid contamination.
  • Do not touch face while removing mask.
  • Wash hands immediately upon removal.
  • Wash mask after every use.
  • CDC recommends handmade masks for personal use only.
  • Mask prevents wearer from spreading illness, but it is not a replacement for PPE.

Watch U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams make a face covering from a t-shirt.

Read more about DIY face masks from the CDC.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores or walking the hallways of campus and residence halls. Wearing a face mask helps those who may have COVID-19, but are not showing symptoms, from transmitting it to others.

Surgical masks or N-95 respirators should be saved for health care workers and first responders. If you can’t find a covering in stores, you can easily make your own from household items, such as t-shirts or bedsheets, at a low cost.

If you have questions or are interested in donating supplies to make masks, please contact Kevin O’Kelley at

Please join us in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask today.