Making safety work

After comparing masks yesterday, it sunk into me with the pandemic so many are afraid of the future.  A large portion of the country is on unemployment, or not earning as much as they previously did prior to the global pandemic.  Not everyone can afford a $75 gas mask, or have the patience to order a mask through Etsy or Amazon.  More than likely, you have the resources you need to make a mask at home.

The CDC provides this visual on how to turn a bandana and hair ties into a mask.

  • Lay your bandana flat on your surface
  • Fold banana in half, top over bottom; or as they say in elementary art class hamburger style
  • Fold the top down by 1/3, then fold the bottom up by 1/3
  • Place your hair tie or rubber band about 6 inches apart on the folder bandana
  • Fold both sides of the bandana to the middle and tuck in

I’m going to be honest; every time I’ve used this version within a few hours the ends that were tucked in during the last step start to slide down so my mask has fish looking fins

Another great no-sew method suggested by the CDC is a t-shirt face-covering mask.  The plus side is you don’t need to be crafty; the downside is you may need to sacrifice your favorite t-shirt.  Just remind yourself; your health is more important than looking stylish!

  • Lay your t-shirt flat on the surface
  • About 7-8 inches from the bottom of the t-shirt make a straight cut across the entire t-shirt, so you have the top of the t-shirt and the bottom 7-8 inches of the tshirt
  • With the material still in one piece, go down between half an inch to an inch from the top and cut 6-7 inches into the shirt piece.  Cut down towards the bottom leaving the matching amount of material as the top half an inch to a inch, and cut back to the starting side
  • With the two separate pieces toss the smaller piece to the side.  Cut the top and bottom sections that measure half an inch to a inch thick as those will be your tie strings
  • Now you can wear your t-shirt mask; just make sure to tie the strings around the neck and the over the top of the head…tightly so they don’t come undone

Pintrest has countless tutorials on how to make different styles of masks. 

If you are wanting to make a face mask like those used in healthcare faculties; or to donate to a healthcare provider check out this tutorial.

If you are wanting to make a facial mask with a filter try this tutorial from Raising Nobles

This is my personal favorite template because of the unique shape of the mask and the ability to add a nose piece for those who wear glasses.  Craft Passion did a great job of offering templates for men, women, and children!

As we keep surviving through this pandemic and learning more about it make sure you are taking the appropriate precautions to keep yourself and others safe.


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