Make your own mask
While wearing face masks are mandatory in some parts of the world, in other places it is highly recommended when taking public transport, grocery shopping or in other places where social distancing is a challenge. Most face masks offer some level of protection and may even help curb the spread of COVID-19, even if they are not the approved N-95 mask. While disposable masks are handy, wearing a reusable mask is much cheaper and better for the environment, so many people are now making their own masks. Here’s our guide to a DIY face mask using common items in your home.
What you’ll need:
For the mask
Two pieces of fabric about a 24cm square each.
For the strap
Stretch-band material or rubber bands
Scissors and/or utility knife
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Choose and cut fabric
A Cambridge University study shows that antimicrobial pillowcases, cotton-blend T-shirts, and dish towels filter a higher percentage of particles, but any lightweight washable fabric will give some level of protection. The thinner your fabric, the easier your sewing.
It’s best to choose different types of fabric so you can tell inside from out when putting on the mask. We found some leftover material from a Space Girl party dress (that was a wild party!) and some plain white muslin. Lay your two fabrics over each other and cut out a 24cm square.