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How to make DIY Face Mask

Updated: May 20


Face masks are not only ideal to prevent dust, smoke, and pollution from entering your body but also protect against infections from viruses and bacteria. These pesky particles could be inhaled through your nostrils or mouths, reach your lungs, and circulate within your body from there which could be injurious to your health. To prevent this you must cover your mouths and nostrils when going out, especially in places where chances of infection are at their peak.

You have a variety of options, as explained above, almost every material listed here filters at least 50% of the particles. You can choose from Vacuum Cleaner bags to dishcloths to cotton T-shirts. For the sake of this article, the step by step guide will follow using Dishcloth. Yet more effective are two-layered dishcloths that we're able to filter out an ‘extra’ of 14% particles a cotton T-shirt that we're able to filter 83% of the particles. So here is a step by step guide on how to make your own Face Mask.

Step 1 - (Choosing your material):

You have a variety of options, as explained above, almost every material listed here filters at least 50% of the particles. You can choose from Vacuum Cleaner bags to dishcloths to cotton T-shirts. For the sake of this article, the step by step guide will follow using Dishcloth. Yet more effective are two-layered dishcloths that were able to filter out an ‘extra’ of 14% particles

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Step 2 - (Layout of the Mask and Materials):

Cut the fabric in one of two sizes: 9” X 6” (Adult) or 7 ½” X 5” (Child).tic. that any fabric design is placed horizontally!flat elastic. ½” X 5” (Child).r mask 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 the shapehapetil just below the chin. You can also have an idea of the layout and template below. Along with that, you would need lengths of elastic cord.

Step 3 - (Making of the Mask):

Part (a): Pin the layouts that you printed from Google to the folded dishcloth and cut along the lengths, make 2 copies of it.

Part (b): Sew the center curves and the outer layers together, until what looks like a mask. From the far corners from both sides, make a very slight vertical fold which is just wide enough for the elastic cords to go through and sew fold down with straight stitch.

Part (c): Insert the elastic cords into the gap from one channel created above to the other channel opposite to it, until what looks like a rectangle. Make four knots into loops of elastic cords at the opening of channels and sew the ends of the channels close.

The Bottom Line:

Finally, you can fit the mask to your face by tucking loops behind ears. This was a simple guide to make your face mask at home. Your mask 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

Easy guide below:

Masks - Elastic/Cording Ear Loops

Materials

  • 2 pieces of tightly woven cotton fabric (examples: clean pillow cases or 100% cotton t-shirts). Cut to 9” X 6” (Adult) or 7 ½” X 5” (Child).

  • Elastic options: Rope elastic, 1/8” wide flat elastic, or beading cord elastic. You need 7.5 yards of elastic for 25 masks (14" per mask).

  • Other cord options: Bead lacing or parachute cord

Preparation for Ear Loops

  • Elastic: Cut two 7” long pieces and tie a knot at each end (14" of elastic per mask). Do not tie a knot with flat elastic.

  • Bead lacing or parachute cord: Cut them approximately 10” long (for adults).

Instructions

For lacing or cord, follow same steps, substituting item for elastic.

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together (use 2 pieces). Be sure that any fabric design is placed horizontally!

  2. Cut fabric in one of two sizes: 9” X 6” (Adult) or 7 ½” X 5” (Child).

  3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, then stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.

  4. Sew to the second corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.

  5. Now sew across the top of the mask to the third corner, then stop. Again, sew one end of a piece of elastic with the edge out into the corner.

  6. Sew to the fourth corner, stop, then sew in the other end of the same piece of elastic.

  7. Sew across the bottom, leaving about 1 ½ - 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.

  8. Pin (evenly spaced) 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are in the same direction.

  9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice (making sure to close the opening left at the bottom of the mask).

  10. Your mask is finished!

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BE SAFE!

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