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DIY Covid-19 Masks

The covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many. From the front line workers, to those who have been infected, and those who have been affected in other ways. We can all do our part to help keep ourselves and local community members safe. Please read this guide below on how you can DIY your own covid-19 masks, and donate to them local hospitals for front line workers!

1. What you’ll need

Research has shown that you should be using material that is thick with a tight weave. This will help you block viral bacteria from entering your body when wearing the quarantine mask. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has found that heavyweight cotton with at least 180 thread count. Now you’re probably what kind of cotton that is? You can use old pillow cases, thick flannel pajamas, or any material which you cannot pass light through. It is also advised that you double up the material, so you can fold it.

You will need a needle, thread, scissors and or a sewing machine if you own one! Also two pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties).

2. Instructions on how to make covid-19 masks

Before you start sewing the mask, make sure you spray some WD-40® Multi-Use-Product on the needle to make sure it passes through the heavy cloth smoothly. Then you will take the fabric and cut it into two pieces of 10″X6″ rectangles. You will then stack the two pieces and sew it as if it was a single piece of fabric. 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. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping. Click here for picture diagrams of how the end result should look.

3. Mask aftercare

If you are using your covid-19 mask often then you should also be washing it as frequently as possible. After care is not too difficult as you can just throw them in the washing machine with hot water. Using bleach is not necessary, normal detergent is fine.

 

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