We’re back again with some more crafty ideas to keep you busy while quarantined. Whether you’re a pro with a needle and thread or you’re not, we’ve got you covered with two different ways to make beginner-friendly CDC approved face masks - one that requires sewing and one where you only need two materials that you likely already have in your home!
With the extra time a lot of us have, as well as, the CDC recommending everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings, there’s no better time than now to get crafty and make your own face mask to wear on those days when you absolutely have to leave your home. Along with thoroughly washing your hands and practicing social distancing, face masks are another essential piece to help safely navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and slow the spread. If you’re ready, we have a list of everything you’ll need to make your mask, so gather all your tools and materials and let’s get started!
*A FEW IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE WHEN MAKING A FACE MASK*
Cloth face coverings should:
SEWN CLOTH FACE MASK
1. Cut out two 10-by-6inch rectangles of cotton fabric. You can use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. However, if you’d rather not use the aforementioned materials and have a t-shirt you no longer wear, feel free to use that instead. Stack the two rectangles and sew them together as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. Fold over the long sides 1/4 inch and hem. Next, fold the double layer of fabric over 1/2 inch along the short sides and stitch down.
3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle to thread it through and tie the ends tight. Lengths of ribbon will also work for this if elastic is not available. If using ribbon, it's best to have 4 ties total, each near the corner of the mask on the short side.
4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
NO-SEW FACE MASK
Source: CDC Youtube
These cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators but are a great complement to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America as well as help flatten the curve.
How’s your quarantine going? Be sure to tag us on social media if you make a cloth face mask, we’d love to see it!