Should you wear a face mask while outside throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? After weeks of conflicting reports from local and national public health officials at house and abroad, a clearer answer to that concern is emerging. Recently Canada Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam told the public that using a “non-medical mask, even if you have no signs, is an additional step that you can take to protect others around you.”
There are excellent reasons for that focus on “non-medical:” personal protective equipment is a deeply required resource for front-line employees today, and in lots of locations is in brief supply. The very best defense for non-health-care employees is truly just staying at house– however if you have to go to places like the grocery store, a fabric mask is much better than no protection at all.
A variety of Canadian business have started using their own versions of non-medical face masks that can be delivered to your home, but there are also numerous methods you can make your own. Whether the prospect of a new DIY job seems like a charming way to while the hours or a logistical nightmare (not everybody has a sewing device lying around, not to mention a thread and needle), we’ve got you covered. Here’s five methods to whip up a material face mask– at varying skill and material levels.
No-Sew With Fabric
This technique needs bit more than a square-shaped piece of fabric, two rubber bands (or hair elastics, to avoid chafing), and a couple of minutes of your time. Here’s a fast tutorial from crafting blog site Japanese Creations:
Our food content director Irene Ngo utilized this version for her grocery run recently:
No-Sew with Tee shirt
Got an extra Tee shirts lying around? Craft shop chain Michael’s has a method for cutting a quick mask out of the side of a t-shirt, utilizing the seam as the centre of the mask. You do not even need elastics:
Know how to thread a needle? This version can be worked up much faster with a stitching maker, however it’s likewise possible to make with a needle and thread, some clothespins or paper clips, and a pair of scissors. Elastic or fabric can be used for the ear loops. The New York Times has an illustrated guide for how to pull this off by hand, or here’s a video tutorial from American craft chain Hobby Lobby:
My aunt-in-law dropped a couple of these versions off at my door for our family. (Thanks, Auntie Ori!)
This double-layered mask, developed by a Hong Kong-based chemist, allows you to use paper towels or coffee filters as an insert to allow for easy changing. Get the pattern here. And here’s a translated video:
In late February, a member of Freesewing, an open-source pattern neighborhood, posted a pattern for a similar version of the mask that utilizes a curved joint to hug your face. Here’s the video tutorial:
Chatelaine art director Stephanie Kim whipped up a bunch of her own:
Some general things to know: be sure to use a breathable material that can be washed frequently without harming the material, as you’ll require to clean it regularly after use. (Cotton works well.) It’s likewise crucial to remember to practice great mask health: it will not be as effective if you keep adjusting it while out in public, and take care not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth before taking it off if you have not currently completely washed your hands initially– and constantly wash your hands after managing it.
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