Its Time To make Your Own Face Mask

Apr 5, 2022     GKFTII

Its Time To make Your Own Face Mask

Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts.

Hand sewing is a characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and custom dressmaking, and is pursued by both textile artists and hobbyists as a means of creative expression.

We all know that the uncertainty is swirling around the country about COVID-19, there's a lot to do to help by using sewing skills.

Staying home, washing your hands and practicing social distancing are some of the best things to do at this time.

 

And with the current shortage of face masks, many sewers want to take action.

While there is an array of tutorials for making face masks, let's be clear: these are not medical-grade face masks and are not in any way a substitute for N95 masks. They could, however, potentially discourage touching your face and signal that you're trying to protect yourself and others. So if you want to MAKE ONE: buy your favorite fabric, here are some tutorials that can help walk you through the process.

1. How to make a face mask using both a lining and fashion fabric with tightly woven cotton- This version has elastic that wraps all the way around your head for comfort during long-term wear.

 

Learn how to make a pleated-style face mask with elastic that wraps around your ears. The pleats allow the mask to get bigger and smaller as needed, offering up more fit options for a variety of face shapes and sizes.

Another face mask, this version includes a filter pocket, so hospital care workers can place additional barriers inside if needed.

This tutorial walks you through mask, including features like a filter pocket and nose bridge seal to help close the gap between your fabric and skin.

The views expressed here are those of the video maker and video owner. There is no guarantee that the face masks and materials featured in the videos will protect a user from COVID-19 or other hazards. Anyone who uses a face mask or materials featured in the videos does so at their own risk.

With highly contagious corona virus (COVID19) rapidly spreading throughout the world, many people are shopping for surgical masks to protect against this dangerous disease.

The sudden increase in demand have led to a critical shortage of small particle filtering face masks

News reports, appropriately seeking to reserve limited supplies of these disposable items for medical institutions, have been asking people not to purchase these items. Public officials have been quoted suggesting – inaccurately – that face coverings can’t help prevent the spread of this new virus.The truth is more complicated:

COVID19 is spread from person-to-person in droplets of moisture, mucus and saliva from people with infections. Coughing, sneezing, and even normal breathing put these virus particles into the air. One sneeze can put out thousands of droplets.

People standing less than 6 feet away may become covered with these virus particles while they are still in the air. After the droplets fall, the virus particles can remain active for up to nine days.

Infection occurs when someone breathes in airborne droplets, or when they touch their mouth, nose or eyes with hands covered in virus particles that have fallen out of the air onto counters, hand rails, floors or other surfaces.

Wearing a face mask helps people in two ways:

1) By blocking most airborne droplets filled with virus from being inhaled

2) By stopping the wearer from touching their own mouths and noses.

Studies have shown that medical professional using surgical face masks correctly get 80% fewer infections than those who don’t.

They must be put on clean, taken off carefully, and paired with rigorous hand washing, and the discipline not to touch the face.

So why should you make your own face masks?

1) In the event you become sick, having a supply of masks at home will give some level of protection to friends and family while you seek medical advice. It will certainly be better than no mask at all (see research notes).

2) By making your own, and hopefully for family and friends, you will be decreasing demand on limited supplies of industrially manufactured, disposables, which are desperately needed by hospitals and nursing homes.

3) These comfortable, curved shaped masks rest closer to the face, with fewer gaps, than rectangular surgical masks.

4) Our homemade designs are washable, making them environmentally friendly.

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