How to Make a Mask at Home

Updated on March 27, 2020
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Justine is a Michigan resident who has worked in the healthcare field and knows the importance of protecting healthcare workers.

Is Making a Mask at Home Hard to Do?

If you have basic sewing skills, you can easily accomplish this in just a few minutes. It can even be done by hand if you do not have a machine.

Need for Masks as Stores Are Closed and Demand Is High

It's crazy times right now in America and around the globe. We are all trying to do what we need to do to come together and meet the need of our communities. There is a great need for P.P.E (personal protective equipment) in the healthcare sector as the government and factories everywhere try to ramp up production, leaving a huge need for homemade protective equipment. The CDC lists homemade masks as a last resort.

Healthcare Workers Running Low on Masks

Recently during the COVID-19 pandemic, some hospitals and facilities around the country (and in other countries such as Italy) have been running dangerously low on masks, specifically N-95 masks. These homemade masks are purposed to be used as covers for those N-95 masks, because they fit over top of them with ease and they can be washed and sterilized along with other hospital linens. Recently online I read an article about a healthcare facility manufacturing its own masks—you can find that link below.

Step 1: Download the Template

Link to an instructional how to released by Phoebe Healthcare.
Link to an instructional how to released by Phoebe Healthcare. | Source

Step 2: Fold the Fabric Twice

You want to fold the fabric twice before tracing the pattern, so that there is four layers of fabric. You will then separate the four layers into piles of two. Mark the little notches on your pattern as well because this helps you line it up.

Step 3: Trace and Cut Out the Pattern

Step 4: Cut Your Elastic

Cut two pieces of elastic about 9 1/2 inches long. (You can tie the elastic later for a tighter fit if needed). Here you see the two piles of the cut out fabric pieces.

The Cutout pieces in piles of TWO.
The Cutout pieces in piles of TWO.
Put the elastic BETWEEN the two pieces.
Put the elastic BETWEEN the two pieces.

Step 5: Pin in the Elastic

Pin the elastic inside the two pieces and pin into place in a U shape, making sure the elastic is not twisted. Repeat for the other side.

Elastic inserted in both sides.
Elastic inserted in both sides.

Step 6: Sew the Side

Sew along the outside rounded portion where you inserted the elastic. Repeat on the other side. When completed you will turn both sides inside out.

Example of what it will look like before and after you turn them inside out.
Example of what it will look like before and after you turn them inside out.

Step 7: Put the Two Sides Together

Put the two sides together—you can use the tabs cut into your fabric to line them up correctly. Then pin if needed and sew along the side.

Sew the two sides together in the middle.
Sew the two sides together in the middle.

Step 8: Turn Inside Out

Once you cut away your excess string, you can open the two sides and flip it inside out. Your mask is now complete.

The finished mask flipped inside out.
The finished mask flipped inside out.
Nice & Snug!
Nice & Snug! | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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