This easy project helps protect you and those around you. Chances are, you already have the supplies at your house!
Per the CDC: 'The 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.'
The CDC has great information and instructions to make sew or no-sew masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/protect.htm):
If making your own cloth mask, keep the following in mind:
- Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
- Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Possibly double-layer the fabric.
- Masks must be made from washable fabric.
- Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming.
- The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.
- Suggested materials- outer layer tea cloth, inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture, and an inner tea cloth layer. Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible and use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding). For straps, use elastic straps that loop behind the ears.
Online instructions and patterns:
- Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin: Hand-Sewn Mask Instructions
- MakeFaceMasks: https://makefacemasks.com/
- The Turban Project: https://turbanproject.com/patterns
- SewGoodGoods.org: https://www.sewgoodgoods.org/face-mask-covid-19
- Deaconess Health System: How to and a video
- Providence Health System: How to and video
- YouTube: How to sew a simple Fabric Face Mask
- Allina Health: How to make a facemask
- Joan Glass: Face Mask Directions
- Facemask: A picture tutorial
- DIY: Cloth Face Mask