Corona is giving us a really tough time. In our country we are following 21 days lock down. People are allowed to move outside only for buying necessities & also have to maintain social distancing. And whenever you step outside you have to wear a mask. This is causing a sudden demand of face mask. However government is doing it’s best and providing sanitizers and masks to the citizens. Still there is scarcity of masks. So in today’s post I am sharing how to make a cloth face mask at home. So that you can make masks for yourself, your family and needy people around you 🙂
What you will need:
- Two 10” by 6” cotton fabric
- Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
- Sewing machine or sewing kit
Step by step process:
1. Take a tightly woven cotton, such as cotton sheet or quilting fabric. Now cut two 10 by 6 inch rectangles of cloth or fabric. This measurement is for adult. If you are making mask for a kid then take measurement accordingly.
2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down,
3. Now run a 6 inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. This part will be the ear loops. You have to do this for both sides. Then use a needle (you can also use a needle) to thread it through. Tie the both ends tight.
4. Now you are almost done. Just pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face.
5. You should also securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
This mask will be in surgical mask style which means that it is not sealed around the face. Air can come through the both sides. But don’t worry as COVID-19 is spread through tiny water droplets that people shed when they cough, sneeze, and sometimes even breathe. So this mask will help and do remember to wear a mask before stepping out 🙂
No doubt cloth face masks cannot replace N95-certified respirator masks, which catch more than 95 percent of particulates but this will definitely work.