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How to Make a Mask for COVID 19 Coronavirus

CENTER FOR DESIEASE CONTROL CORONAVIRUS Crafts DIY CLOTH FACE MASK DIY MASK FABRIC FACE COVERING FABRIC FACE MASK DIY FACE COVERINGS HOW-TO MAKE A MASK MAKE YOUR OWN MASK MASKS PREVENT GETTING SICK SEW A FACE MASK SEW A MASK SLOW THE SPREAD Slow the Spread of COVID-19 TUTORIAL FACE MASK

How To Make a Mask

Full Tutorial: 

How-To Sew a Face Mask 2 Different Ways 

For the latest information  on Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19, go to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) which is updated daily:

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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

How To Make a Mask

The first TUTORIAL is How-To Sew a Tie-On Mask, made with strings that can be made with bias tape or you can make ties with the same fabric as the mask.  

How To Make a Mask

The second tutorial is How-To Sew an Elastic Band Mask, made with elastic that goes around your ears. 

Please note that elastic cannot be bleached and therefore, not as easy to clean and anyone with a latex allergy cannot wear it.  Also elastic is increasingly in short supply.  In fact, I couldn't find any and had to use what I had, which was a little wider than the 1/4" elastic.  

Another alternative to elastic is to cut up an elastic headband and use instead of elastic. 

How To Make a Mask

The elastic bands can be shortened or lengthened according to the size you need.  I found that 7" elastic bands work for men and 6" elastic bands work for women.  

 

How To Make a Mask

 

Both masks are easy to make! 

You can make a mask in 15-30 minutes, depending on your experience as a sewer.  And if you are a fabric hoarder, or quilter, or just love to sew, you probably already have everything you need to make several masks for yourself and to share with others.

How To Make a Mask

First, you'll need 100% cotton fabric.  Cotton can be laundered in hot water, and bleached to get rid of germs.

If you don't have a stash of cotton fabric, you will find that Fat Quarters, or 1/4 yard cuts of cotton fabric are easy to find on the internet, and come in beautiful colors and prints.  You can make 2 masks from a fat quarter if you are making these 2-layer masks.  If you add another layer, you will be able to make 1 mask from a quarter yard of fabric.  How To Make a Mask

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR TIE-ON MASK:

(2) 10" x 7" Cotton Fabric Pieces (Cut 3 pieces for 3 layers)

72" Bias Tape (You may substitute flat shoelaces.)

Sewing Machine (You can hand-sew if you don't have a machine.)

Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Cutting Board

Ruler or Measuring Tape

Pins or clips to hold fabrics in place  (Paper clips and safety pins will work in a pinch.)

Iron 

How To Make a Mask

Step 1 -  Cut out 2 pieces of fabric 7" x 10"

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Step 2 - Cut 4 strips of bias tape, 18" long.

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Step 3 -Sew the bias tape strips down the center to create ties.How To Make a Mask

Step 4 - Pin the ties to each of the corners on the right side of one of the fabric pieces.   How To Make a Mask

Step 5 - Sew the ties in place.How To Make a Mask

Step 6 - Pin the second layer of fabric over the first layer, right sides facing, sandwiching the fabric ties in the center.  Sew a 1/2" seam around all 4 sides, leaving a 3-inch gap on one side.  Back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to secure.  Trim the excess fabric at the corners.How To Make a Mask

Step 7 - Turn the mask right-side-out, through the 3-inch gap.  The ties will now stick out from each corner.  Press with an iron.How To Make a Mask

Step 8 - Pin three 1/4" pleats lengthwise on the mask, as if folding a paper fan.  This will help the mask fit snuggly around the wearer's face. How To Make a MaskStep 9 - Iron the pleats in place.

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Step 10 - Sew a 1/4" top-stitch across the pleats, and on all 4 sides of the mask.How To Make a Mask

And there you have it! 

Tie-On Mask is completed in 10 easy steps!   

 

How To Make a Mask

How-to Make an Elastic Band Mask

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR ELASTIC BAND MASK:

(2) 10" x 7" Cotton Fabric Pieces (Cut 3 pieces for 3 layers)

(2) 1/4" x 7" Elastic Pieces for Male, or (2) 1/4" x 6" for Woman

Sewing Machine (You can hand-sew if you don't have a machine.)

Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Cutting Board

Ruler or Measuring Tape

Pins or clips to hold fabrics in place  (Paper clips and safety pins will work in a pinch.)

Iron 

 How To Make a MaskStep 1 - Choose a piece of fabric and elastic.

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Step 2 -  Cut out 2 pieces of fabric 7" x 10" How To Make a Mask

Step 3 - On the right side of on one piece of fabric, pin the ends of the elastic to the corners of the shorter sides as shown in the photo.  How To Make a Mask

Step 4 - Sew the elastic to all four corners.How To Make a Mask

Step 5 - Pin the second piece of fabric over the first piece, right sides facing, sandwiching the elastic bands in the center.  Sew a 1/2" seam around all 4 sides, leaving a 3-inch gap on one side.  Back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to secure.  Trim the excess fabric at the corners.How To Make a Mask

Step 6 - Turn the mask right-side-out, through the 3-inch gap.  How To Make a Mask

The elastic bands will now stick out from each corner.  Press with an iron.How To Make a Mask

Step 7 - Pin three 1/4" pleats lengthwise on the mask, as if folding a paper fan.  This will help the mask fit snuggly around the wearer's face.  Sew a 1/4" top-stitch across the pleats, and on all 4 sides of the mask. Press with an iron to hold the pleats in place.

 

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That's all there is to it!  

Be sure that you wash the masks on the warmest setting to kill any germs between wearings.  And if you are making masks to share, be careful to wash all the masks you make and place directly into a sealed bag before passing them on.  

 

It's nice to have more than 1 mask per person, and launder masks each time you come and go from your home.  

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings:

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

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.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Cloth face coverings should—

    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Please share this post with your friends and loved ones to help 

Slow the Spread of COVID-19

 

 

 



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