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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Justine Nalbach (author) from Michigan on March 23, 2020:
* note - some facilities would prefer strings instead of elastic because the rubber in the elastic breaks down over time in the drying/ sterilization process.
Justine Nalbach (author) from Michigan on March 21, 2020: