As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, so do the recommendations. One of the most recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to wear “cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
After a bunch of trial and error, I finally decided on a cloth face mask pattern. It was designed by a nurse and I’ve modified it to include a removable nose wire.
I love this one because it’s adjustable, fits your face nicely, easy to put on/off, won’t hurt your ears, has a filter pocket and a nose wire to help conform better to your face.
Please watch the video below for details on mask design and how to put it on.
How to Order
💚 I am taking orders for $12/mask + shipping (based on amount ordered/location & sent via USPS).
ADULT (Age 13+)
The CDC specifically states that “cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”
👉👉 FOR NOW, PLEASE COMMENT BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER. Leave the # of MASKS/SIZE (ie 2 adult, 2 child 8-12) and your email address and I will message you for additional details including pattern choice, payment info and shipping address.
Keep in mind that the CDC recommends washing these after EACH use, so you may want an extra to wear while the other is being washed…
You will receive a 2-layer cotton mask with a filter pocket (this is the 3rd layer) and removable nose wire. I will include one filter insert (the material I am using in my own mask, chosen based on my research). and am happy to recommend other materials and where you can purchase them if you need ideas on what to use.
My fabric choices are limited at this time. Here are some samples (these exact designs may not be available – I will communicate with you on fabric options for your specific order).
Additional Instructions for Care
To put on your mask, please refer to the video above. After tying, make sure you press the nose wire against the sides of the bridge of your nose to create a better seal on your face. You want to tie the cording tight enough to create the best seal possible without choking yourself (haha). You can also slide the material along the sides of your face up or down to create your custom fit. Remember, you want as little air as possible coming in through the sides and nose area.
Remember, you want as little air as possible coming in through the sides and nose area.
Your mask has been pre-shrunk and laundered several times. It is machine washable. It is recommended that you wash and dry on the hot setting, but DO NOT use bleach as this can and will degrade the material (creating small holes!)
***Please remember to remove the nose wire before washing.
The included filter material should withstand several washes. Remove and replace with your own filter material when needed.
I have included one filter insert (what I am using personally based on my research). When choosing your own filter material, please just remember two very important things:
1. A lot of suggested materials out there may be treated with chemicals or have things like fiberglass in them (ie some vacuum bags, some HEPA material, etc). Just make sure it doesn’t contain anything that you don’t want to inhale!! If you want to really go the safe route with knowing what’s in your filter, you could simply cut a piece of 100% cotton fabric to fit and use that as your filter! It will be washable and reusable – win-win!
I have seen some people using these PM 2.5 activated carbon filters for masks. I make no recommendations on these as I have not researched or used them, but wanted to provide you with the link so you could explore them on your own.
2. Air will follow the path of least resistance. While multiple layers and thickness may initially seem like a good idea, it could actually backfire by making it difficult to breathe, creating a wet environment and if you have areas that are not sealed, the air will more easily come in/out at those points possibly bypassing any filter you may have in place!
It’s for the above reasons that I decided on a cotton, two-layer mask with the pocket so you may decide if you want to add more layers or a filter on your own. 🙂
If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to email me. I am happy to help as best as I can!
DISCLAIMER: This face mask is not meant to replace medical-grade PPE or a surgical face mask. This homemade mask is not a medical-grade face mask regulated by the FDA, such as the N95 respirator. Homemade cloth face masks have been recommended for use by the general public by the CDC. These may assist with blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, and may also block coughing or sneezing outward. Homemade face masks do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants. We are not responsible for any damage from any use, or misuse of our masks and make no claims about its efficacy. Proper use of properly fitted medical-grade personal protective equipment is still the best way to prevent virus infection.
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