The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world is still rising. Medical professionals advise us to wash our hands properly, use cute face mask and frequently and to stay home as much as possible.
However, trips outside our homes are inevitable. We all need to buy groceries and other supplies. This poses risks because some infected individuals are asymptomatic. That means we can be carriers of the virus without knowing it, and we might put people especially in our home at risk. That’s why when we go outside, we must bring sanitizers, practice social distancing, and wear face masks to limit the spread of the virus.
Medical professionals have been imploring the public to reserve medical-grade masks to front-liners who need them most. As a result, civilians have to learn how to make their own face masks from household materials. Let us guide you through the simple steps in making one.
Making Masks through Sewing
Here are the items you will need:
1) Cotton fabric (must be tightly woven, like quilting fabric and must be pre-washed and dried on high heat)
2) Two 6-inch long and 1/8-inch wide elastic/rubber bands or hair ties/hair bands
5) Needles and pins
6) Thimble (for safety, especially if you’re not using a sewing machine)
7) Sewing machine (optional)
1) Cut out two 10” x 6” rectangles from the cotton fabric. Stack the triangles, and sew all sides to make a double-layered rectangular fabric.
2) Fold along the long sides of the fabric by ¼ inch and sew. For the short sides, fold ½ inch of the fabric then sew, making sure a tunnel-like space is left between the stitch and the edge of the fabric, where an elastic band (6 inches long and 1/8 inches wide) can fit through.
3) Run the elastic through the space you made on the short sides of the mask to make ear loops. You can use a needle to easily pull the elastic through. Then, tie both ends of the elastic.
4) Adjust the elastic so that the knot is hidden inside the hem. Then, pull the elastic slowly to tighten the sides of the mask. Adjust the tightness of the mask until it fits your face perfectly.
5) Once the mask fits, sew the elastic in place.
You can use a t-shirt in making a mask following the instructions above.
Making masks using the no-sew method
If you’re not a fan of sewing, a bandana can be made into a mask with just a pair of scissors and hair ties/rubber bands.
Grab a 20-by-20-inch bandana and fold it in half. Next, fold the top-down and the bottom-up, making sure they overlap. Slip the round rubber bands or hair ties (what have you) around the bandana; they should be 6 inches apart. Then, fold each side to the middle and tuck them in. Once worn, the bandana should stay in place. You can adjust the width by carefully sliding the fabric along with the rubber bands.
Don’t forget to wash your face masks regularly to keep them clean. Using a washing machine should be enough to sterilize them. Also, keep in mind that fabric masks are not good for children aged two and below and those who have difficulty breathing.
During tough times like this, it’s important to adhere to policies, protocols, and expert advice and learn what needs to be done to protect each other. Let’s get through this pandemic together. Stay home and stay safe!