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DIY - Face Masks for coronavirus (PART ll)


by Merle van Wieringen
April 15, 2020
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DIY - Face Masks for coronavirus (PART ll)

by Merle van Wieringen
April 15, 2020

You should see it everywhere these days: the face masks. Washing hands, disinfecting, wearing face masks and staying indoors is all we have to worry about these days. Although staying inside may not always be easy, we are happy to provide you with an effective, fun and certainly useful activity to do at home: designing your own mouth mask. Are you curious about how safe such a homemade mouth mask is and what material you can best use? Then click here!





The step-by-step plan for making your own face mask:
To make it as easy as possible for you, we have written out exactly what you need and how you should proceed. The essentials you need to get started are:

  • Old T-shirt or pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (or a sewing machine if you have one)
  • Elastic
  • Pencil, crayon or pen
  • Pins
  • Pattern

Step 1: choose the right pattern and draw it on your fabric.
We have looked up a handy example pattern for you which you can use for your mouth mask. If you print this pattern you have a size L, if you set your printer at 95%, you have a size M and at 90% a size S. Take the material you want to use and fold it in half. Then draw the pattern on the fabric. For the example pattern click here. 

Step 2: pin and cut
Then cut the pattern as straight and clean as possible from the fabric you want to use.





Step 3: sew the front
With a fine stitch, sew the convex side together as shown on the dotted line. Remain about 1cm from the margin. This is also nice to pin in advance.

Step 4: Sewing at the bottom and top
The fabrics are now attached together so you can fold them. Then you can immediately fold the seams like on the pattern. You can use a somewhat simpler stitch for this, as this is mainly for the cleanliness of your mask.

Step 5: make the tunnel on two sides
This is the part where we will attach the elastic to. We fold the fabric in half at the ends over the tunnel dotted line, and sew it to the whole at the end of the fabric. Now the trick is to get the elastic through the tunnel.





Step 6: elastic through the tunnel
If you can easily get your elastic through the tunnel, that is only a bonus. If this does not work, we recommend a safety pin to attach to your elastic. You can then push it through the tunnel. Don't have a safety pin? Then you can also use the tab of a can of soda, that also works.

Step 7: Put elastic tightly around the ears and you are good-to-go!
You now only need to tie your elastic together so that the cap can be attached behind your ears. Do it nice later so that the cap closes as well as possible. The real pro can still make the folds as the pattern says, but that is not necessarily.

Now that you know exactly what to do to make your own face mask, all we want to say is: good luck, have fun and be safe! 


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