NOTE: THIS MASK WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM CONTRACTING A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS!
Please visit CDC here on the proper use of homemade masks here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html
2 pieces 100% cotton fabric 6″ x 9″ (You can also cut up old 100% cotton t-shirts!)
1 piece cotton flannel for the lining or 100% Cotton Fabric 6″ x 9″
2 elastic strips: 1/8″ x 6” women, 7” men, 5” children
Kids size: make fabric 5”x 7”, and elastic 5” long.
OUT OF ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18”-20” in length.
See my video on how to make a mask with fabric ties here: https://youtu.be/dY3aS1L7S-4
OPTIONAL: To make the nose are a fit better you can sew a wire ribbon, pipe cleaner, or baggie tie to the lining piece before sewing all three layers together. 🙂
Masks are re-usable, but must be sanitized before/after each use!
Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation. As a community of sewists, this is a great way we can band together and make a huge difference in this time of need!
In addition to helping medical staff during critical shortages, these masks can be used at home as well. While wearing homemade face masks will not prevent against catching a respiratory illness, they can help reduce the spread of large particles when someone sneezes or coughs.