A Refresher Course In Making A Mask
The following instructions will help you to make a homemade face covering to help prevent you from spreading your respiratory droplets.
If possible, use different fabrics for each side of the face covering, so you know which side faces your mouth and which side is out.
Some homemade mask instructions also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter for increased benefit.
Two 25.5 cm by 15 cm or 10 in by 6 in rectangles of cotton fabric
Two 15 cm or 6 in pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, hair ties)
Needle and thread
Sewing machine (if available)
Step 1. Cut out two 25.5 cm by 15 cm or 10 in by 6 in rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work too. Stack the two rectangles, as you will sew the face covering as if it was a single piece of fabric.
Step 2. Fold over the long sides 0.6 cm or ¼ in and stitch down. Then fold the double layer of fabric over 1.2 cm or ½ in along the short sides and stitch down.
Step 3. Run a 15 cm or 6 in length of 0.3 cm or 1/8 in wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the face covering. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Use hair ties or elastic headbands if you do not have elastic. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the face covering behind your head.
Step 4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the face covering on the elastic and adjust so it fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.