DIY Face Mask: A Step-by-Step Guide
Face masks have become increasingly popular worldwide with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing a face mask in public has become mandatory to prevent the spread of the virus. However finding disposable face masks is difficult due to their limited availability. Therefore many people have opted to make their own face masks at home. In this article we will provide you with a step-by-step guide to make your own DIY face mask.
- Cotton fabric (pre-washed)
- Elastic bands or hair ties
- Sewing machine or needle thread
Step 1: Cut the Fabric
Cut two rectangular pieces of cotton fabric each measuring 7.5 inches by 10 inches. These dimensions can be adjusted as per your preference.
Step 2: Pin the Fabric
Place the two pieces of fabric together. Pin the edges together leaving a small opening on one of the shorter sides.
Step 3: Sew the Fabric
Using a sewing machine or a needle thread sew around the edges of the fabric leaving the small opening unstitched. Reinforce the stitches by sewing multiple times.
Step 4: Turn the Fabric
Turn the fabric inside out through the small opening. Using a tool such as a pencil push out the corners to make a straight edge.
Step 5: Add Elastic Bands
Cut two pieces of elastic bands each measuring 7 inches. Pin each one to the corners of the shorter sides of the mask. Make sure that the elastic is securely sewn that the ends are not frayed.
Step 6: Final Touches
Carefully sew the elastic bands on each side of the mask stitching multiple times to ensure a secure hold. Once the elastic bands are securely in place close the small opening left unstitched earlier.
Making your own DIY face mask isn’t as difficult as you may think. By following these simple steps you can create a reusable washable face mask. Not only will you save money but you will also be doing your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.