I already have one of these, but it might be a little scary for a trip to the grocery store. Maybe like this guy’s trip to the pharmacy…
Let’s join the legions of people making their own masks.
Since we are under a “stay at home” directive, let’s use materials on hand, a sacrificial t-shirt and some sewing supplies. The hardest part of the project was getting the 20 year old Fiskars sharp enough to cut t-shirt material. Hint: 5 minutes with a ceramic rod.
One of my t-shirts (plain-ole man’s large) yielded enough material for 6 masks. Each mask is double layered. One mask from the sleeves, and 5 from the body.
For “elastic,” cut off the bottom hem and the neckline collar. Both of those are stretchy enough. Cut into 7″ lengths. Don’t bother looking for elastic material in the retail outlets; there’s a global shortage. Our daughter-in-law informed me of such. She is making masks for health care workers in her part of the country.
That piece of cardboard is a 6″ by 9″ marking pattern for the body pieces.
Let’s make a 3 layer sandwich. First, the ear pieces need to be put inside. (DAHIKT) Pin them in place temporarily.
Pin the other layer. We’re going to be sewing around the outside edge. Start at one of the blue pins and sew toward the nearest corner. Continue around to the other blue pin.
Yep, that leaves an un-sewn hole we can use to turn the thing inside out.
Turn it inside out, and do some more pinning. This time, we’ll set up for a couple of pleats … and a couple of pins for that hole.
Now is when I’m glad I rebuilt a 60 year old sewing machine a while back. It’s in much better shape now for handling thread tension as we wander through various fabric thicknesses.
A finished mask. It is very obvious that I am not accomplished at sewing. But the wandering seams probably won’t be noticed as we wander out from house arrest to stroll down an isolated country road.
Update: A No Sew alternative
All you need is a common bandana and a couple of hair ties. See Constance Jones’ short video.