Making your own face mask is an easy and inexpensive way to protect yourself and others from airborne particles. While medical-grade masks are still recommended for healthcare workers and those who are sick, a DIY mask made from household materials can provide an extra layer of protection for the general public.
Here's how to make a DIY face mask:
- 2 layers of tightly woven cotton fabric (such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets)
- Elastic or hair ties
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Cut two pieces of cotton fabric to the size of 9 inches by 6 inches.
- Place the two pieces of fabric on top of each other, with the right sides facing inwards.
- Pin the fabric together along the long edges.
- Sew the pinned edges together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the short edges open.
- Turn the mask right side out and press with an iron.
- Cut two pieces of elastic or hair ties, each measuring 7 inches in length.
- Thread each piece of elastic or hair tie through the open ends of the mask.
- Tie the ends of the elastic or hair tie together in a knot.
- Tuck the knots inside the mask and adjust the fit by pulling on the elastic or hair ties.
- Make sure the fabric is tightly woven and breathable to ensure proper filtration.
- Wash the mask before using it for the first time, and after every use.
- Avoid touching your mask while wearing it, and wash your hands immediately after removing it.
By following these steps, you can easily make your own DIY face mask and help protect yourself and those around you.