Phew! What a month it has been. I hope all of my readers are staying safe and hunkering down to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides staying at home, one of the most effective ways to combat the spread of the virus is by wearing a face mask when shopping out in public. Even if you aren’t sick, this will prevent germs from spreading. Some countries have even made it mandatory to go outside with a mask on. But unfortunately, masks and other PPE for healthcare workers are in short supply, so why not make your own out of fabric? It might sound too good to be true, but this DIY covid mask tutorial comes straight from the Center of Disease Control, so you know it works!
Note to the reader: The CDC recommends wearing an N95 mask if you are working in a healthcare-related field, but for the rest of us, a simple fabric mask that is cleaned and sterilized is shown to potentially reduce the risk of catching COVID-19. It should also be noted that homemade masks are not considered PPE for hospitals. You can read more about the CDC guidelines for mask usage here.
Remember: For the latest information and coronavirus guidelines, please visit the Center for Disease Control, your local government, or the World Health Organization.
DIY COVID Mask Pattern
Here’s what you will need to make your own COVID mask according to CDC guidelines:
-A heavyweight, pre-shrunk, cotton t-shirt
Boil your t-shirt for ten minutes in water to sterilize and remove any potential contaminants. Use your scissors and marker to cut eight “inner layers” all measuring 18×18 cm. When done, you will want to cut one “outer layer” the measures to 37×72 cm.
Use this graphic to assemble your t-shirt mask according to CDC guidelines. The best part of this mask is that it is COMPLETELY no-sew. It can be hard to find a DIY COVID mask no-sew, but it makes me feel better that this one was tested and certified by the CDC. After all, you can’t be too careful about your health.
DIY COVID Mask Easy
This tutorial requires a little bit of sewing but it’s not too bad at all, she even has two different designs for you to choose from based on personal preference. Hop on over to this video to learn how to make your own mask using fabric scraps and other items that you might have laying around the house. I was shocked at how simple both of her tutorials were for beginners and expert sewers alike. This DIY COVID mask even has a filter, making it a great option for those of us living in the hot zone areas. This is the easiest DIY COVID mask with filter!
DIY COVID Mask For Kids
Though the kids are likely at home with you (how lucky are we, right?) it’s important that they can protect themselves from the virus if every accompanying you to the store. This tutorial can be easily customized to fit your kids and she even tells you exactly how to size one for your kiddos.
Remember to stay safe out there and wash your hands!