Health : How to make a custom reusable fabric face mask?
Experts are looking at new recommendations from health authorities and sharing face covering tips with easy but effective DIY homemade masks. In a series of articles, we have shared with you ideas for making this type of face protection that can help protect you and those around you. These tutorials are becoming all the more current as, in many European countries, wearing a mask seems to be becoming compulsory. And everything seems to indicate that it will remain so for some time, even under the conditions of an upcoming deconfinement. Below, we suggest another idea for making a reusable fabric face mask in a bandana. Discover the simple steps to make one that fully matches your style!
Why make a reusable fabric face mask yourself?
As more information about the coronavirus pandemic emerges, health officials around the world appear to be changing their minds about wearing protective masks. For the most current information on COVID-19, you can consult the WHO websites as well as those available on your country’s health website.
Homemade face masks became essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is all the more true after the European authorities recently changed their directives. Thus, currently, the wearing of protective masks is compulsory in public places in many countries. If buying a mask or sewing one isn’t ideal for you, be aware that these are just a few of the approaches you can take. In fact, it’s surprisingly easy to make a reusable fabric face mask out of materials you already have at home.
Keep in mind: just because you’re supposed to keep your face covered doesn’t mean you should go looking for masks that are specially designed for the protection of healthcare professionals. These are only recommended for healthcare professionals working directly with patients with coronavirus. Hospitals urgently need these types of masks. It is therefore preferable to reserve masks of this type for them. Home versions are always a great choice to protect yourself and those around you. They can be more comfortable just as effective.
Do cloth face masks really protect you from coronavirus?
Health officials in Europe have reported that wearing face masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Of course, it works best if they are worn by everyone in places where social distancing is difficult, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
One reason for these recommendations is that some people may have no symptoms of the disease, while being positive for COVID-19. And that, without even realizing it. As a result, they can spread the new coronavirus by coughing, sneezing, or even simply talking to others. Wearing the mask can help prevent the spread of the virus by people who are contagious, but who have no intention of doing so.
Keep in mind that fabric face masks are not as effective as masks approved for use by health professionals. You should always practice social distance by staying at home as much as possible. Also remember to follow all the other recommendations, such as barrier gestures which are essential to slow the spread of the virus.
What fabric is best for making a reusable fabric face mask?
The best fabric for a homemade reusable fabric face mask is the tightly woven one, 100% cotton. You can use a bandana or a fabric for pillowcases, curtains, woven shirts or anything else you may have in your home. You can also use a T-shirt. However, it should be noted that the t-shirt is not the first choice for this type of project. In fact, the fabric is knitted. Suddenly, that is to say that it can have holes when it stretches.
You will also need something to keep the mask snug on your face. You can use hair bands or simple bands to attach them to your ears. The laces, string or ribbon that you can tie on the back of your head may be more comfortable.
To make the mask even more effective, you can use a coffee filter. It is placed inside your reusable fabric face mask to help block particles. You can also add a piece of metal (like a paper clip). This will help you make your mask more suitable for the shape of your nose.
Some internet users have found that shop towels (normally used by auto mechanics) can filter particles better than other facial mask materials at home. At this stage, these have not been tested by medical laboratories and are not yet recommended by the authorities. You can use it for your reusable fabric face mask if you wish.
How to create protective masks without a sewing machine
Amanda Perna is a former Project Runway team member and fashion designer behind House of Perna. She donated homemade masks to hospitals after having to close her studio during the coronavirus epidemic. Here’s Amanda’s quick and easy tutorial on how to make a seamless facial mask at home. All without having to buy materials; very practical during a period of confinement!
Tutorial to create reusable protective masks with a bandana
Here is the detailed tutorial to make a reusable fabric face mask as a bandana without a sewing machine.
- Put on a bandana or cut a cotton square
- Place a flat coffee filter in the center of the square (optional)
- Fold the top and bottom toward the center
- Place a twisted tie, paperclip or other metal piece near the top (optional)
- Fold the top and bottom toward the center
- Fold the sides toward the center, placing your elastics at the fold. If you’re using rubber bands or hair ties, loop them around the fabric. If you are using laces or twine, place the center of the twine in the folded fold and pull the straps firmly
- Tuck one end of the fabric into the other.
- Lift the mask over your face and attach the straps. For hair bands and simple bands, pass them over each ear. For laces and string, tie them behind your head
Adjust as needed, making sure your mouth and nose are completely covered.