Even though we’ve hit the one year anniversary of global lockdown, there are certain things we must keep up to see this time through. Wash hands regularly, make sure to wash your groceries properly, don’t touch your face, and most importantly wear a face mask.
There has been an explosion of masks all over the place. However, availability and price can often compete with each other. Now we know we all have that grandmother, ouma, or tannie that’s handy with a sewing machine and has made someone a matric farewell dress. Also, most of us can get our hands on a needle and thread, but this article is for the people who don’t have the time, or the machinery, or the inclination.
We are going to share a few ways to make a face covering at home, without sewing. We are going to stack it in terms of availabitity of items used, skill level, and just general ease.
To start we are going to share the one you’ve probably seen a few times on Social Media.
The Bandana Mask – but for everyone who doesn’t have a badana, any square ‘scarf’ will suffice. What you need is a dense fabric, to catch the water particles passing out of your mouth. This is why bandanas and scarves are useful. The thread count is high, and dense, making both you and the people around you a bit safer.
With this ‘design’ as with any other face mask or covering, keep in mind what you need it for. So fold and fold and fold again.
What you will need : Bandana and hair ties
Fold the bandana or square scarf in half, not once through the middle, into three quarters, making a face length strip of fabric.
Apply the hair ties to each end of the bandana, making a tail at each end. Fold over, into the center, carefully tuck the ends into each other.
Put on, make the adjustments to fit, if needed, keeping in mind you want full coverage of your nose and mouth area. Then you are ready to go. All done.
Be sure to clean these as you normally would, though probably more often.
The no sew, no glue one
This one falls a bit more into the ‘sewing’ category. And requires some precision and more time.
For this you will need: a piece of fabric, again high thread count, dense, you can use t-shirt or an old dress shirt. A pair of scissors, and some spare precision, so also a ruler or measuring tape.
This is the most time consuming step, and also the most complicated, but once you have it, you can use it again and again.
Measure the face, up down and left and right. Make notes of the measurements, and then put them to paper. To make a pattern piece use either normal paper or something thinner. Cut a fabric square or cut in the shape of the chin. You can make a pattern for yourself, and your children, gauranteeing they will be properly covered.
Place the pattern piece on some fabric, cut it out exactly. Set the pattern piece aside, and then cut both ends, measure the ears and make a tie for perfect tautness over the face. Be sure to leave room to breath and for general comfort.
Wear whenever you go shopping or other public places. As simple as that.
The last mask we will be sharing will be one that will ask for some glue.
Not all glues are created equal and of course be safe with using any sort of hot glue, making sure that it dries over night and does not leave any sort of fumes to be inhaled over and over again.
Cut a square, that will cover the nose and hook under the chin.
Get some elastic, hair ties, or strip of fabric, fold into the ends of the square and using whatever hard wearing long last glue you have available and glue the pieces together.
Wait to dry, be thorough with this and then, you are off.
There are many more options available, and of course, nothing replaces the clinical face mask or respirator, but these could help you when you need it.