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Making Protective Masks with Scraps
Dated: April 14 2020
As we have been called upon my Governors and city leaders to wear masks in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, it is difficult for many of us to know where to find them, and no one wants to go store hopping at this time. Initially, I used the basic technique of tying a bandana around my face, or using an elastic ski mask, but those had issues of falling off my nose and leaving a gap on either side of my nose.
So I finally broke down, and dusted off the sewing machine. Here are my first three masks using some scraps of quilt fabric from an old project, and an old tye-died bandana (that had some rips in parts of it). I didn't have any elastic, so I salvaged the elastic waist band from an old pair of underwear (yes, we are putting undies on our face ?). I cut the elastic down the middle length-wise so the bands would be more comfortable and so I could get more masks out of the limited supply.
I watched this video as a reference:
I made one modification, inserting a 5" piece of soft wire tie between the finished layer and middle layer of fabric, and top-stitching it in place to serve as a wrap around the nose. This wire is something I had lying around that I use for gardening for tying plants to tomato cages.
These masks have worked pretty well for their intended purpose. If you want masks that are more form-fitted, there is a slightly more ambitious project that uses a printable pattern you can find here:
Let me know how your project goes. If you get good at it, maybe you can share some masks with your neighbors as a friendly gift!
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