Now that the CDC is recommending we all wear cloth face masks in public, you may be wondering how exactly you can use what you have on hand to get out on public and keep others safe.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people are uploading helpful videos on YouTube to show everyone how to make their own masks at home. Whether you're showing COVID-19 symptoms or not, you could be infected with the virus and be spreading it to others without knowing. That's where the masks come in. Covering your face can help slow the spread of the virus by protecting people around you from breathing in your germs.
While you can still buy masks online, it's also quite easy to craft your own basic version. We've compiled the best videos to help you make a mask at home and slow the spread of this deadly virus.
Historically, masks have been made out of nearly every material available - from stone to wood, from gold to plastic. Today, it's easy to make a great-looking mask with nothing more than a piece or two of construction paper, glue, and scissors. Frightening Green Goblin Silicone Mask Gear Green Goblin Marvel about 5 years ago by Free Reyes While Spider-Man fans have yet to see an adaptation of the Green Goblin that matches the design from the comics, a silicone mask by Composite Effects is sure to make fans applaud. Cut out the mask and eyes, attach some rubber bands, string, or sturdy paper to wrap around the head. Alternatively, tape a straw to the back and use it like a masquerade mask. After killing a Daily Bugle reporter, Osborn was publicly revealed to be the Green Goblin by the paper’s Jessica Jones. He was sent to prison but was freed after making a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. To take medication that suppressed his manic Green Goblin alter-ego and supported the Superhuman Registration Act during the first Super Hero Civil War.
Put your bandanas to use
This video shows you how to make a mask with just a bandana and two hair ties. By folding up the bandana properly, you can make a face covering that fits snuggly over your mouth and nose and keep it up with two hair ties that wrap around your ears.
The CDC-approved version
The CDC's video, starring U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, takes a similar approach but shows how you can use a towel or part of a T-shirt with two rubber bands to make a competent face mask. It takes under a minute to achieve.
A more advanced mask
This tutorial from JOANN Fabric and Craft is a much more involved process and requires some materials that many people don't have readily available in their homes, but it sure makes a nice-looking mask if you can find everything you need. Their process involves elastic straps, ironing, and some light sewing to make a comfortable face covering.
The most comfortable mask
If you're really feeling creative and have the right materials, this tutorial will show you how to create a fitted face mask with a printable pattern. If you have a sewing machine, plenty of materials (including some wire), and lots of time, this will probably give you the most comfortable face mask possible from home.
Play it safe
No matter which option you choose, keep in mind that the masks you can make at home are not on the same level as medical-grade surgical masks or N-95 respirators. But cloth masks will help you to not spread your germs around to other people in public places. By making a mask at home instead of buying a medical mask, you'll free up those more effective masks for medical professionals who are putting their own health at risk to help people who are most affected by the coronavirus.
And just because you have a mask doesn't mean you don't have to worry about social distancing. For everyone's safety, stay home whenever possible and make sure you maintain a six-foot distance from people you see out in the world.This post may contain affiliate links for products I love and recommend.
Learn how to make a face mask without sewing. This homemade mask tutorial is a no sew alternative to other online projects that come in kids and adults sizes.
How To Make A Green Goblin Mask Out Of Paper Towels
It’s crazy to think that just last month the world looked so different. Today, cities are being placed in shelter all over the world, our schools have moved entirely online, and we are suddenly worrying more and more about protecting our family and staying healthy.
It can all feel overwhelming.
If you want to make a fitted face mask, you can check out my tutorial HERE. It comes with a printable sewing pattern, video sew-along, pocket for a filter, and wire nose casing for a custom fit.
Hopefully, when you read this, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. While this (and any homemade mask) will not protect you from Covid-19 alone, it is better than nothing. Hospitals all over the world are even asking for donations to help protect their patients that are not at-risk or to wear over N95 masks for longer wear.
Always call the hospitals around you to see if they are accepting donations and what specs and details they require for donation. Every city and location can differ.
Today’s tutorial on how to make a face mask is a great no sew alternative for those of us who don’t have access to a sewing machine.
Homemade Mask Supplies:
- Fabri-Tac Permanent Fabric Adhesive (use coupon code FASHION25 to save 25% until April 10, 2020)
- Paper Clips or Sewing Pins
How To Make A Face Mask For Kids & Adults
Start out by cutting your fabric. If you are making your DIY mask for kids, cut your fabric to 5″ x 7″ If you are making a homemade mask for an adult, cut to 6″ x 9″
You’ll need one piece of cotton fabric and one piece of flannel. (If you’d like to add a filter to your mask, you can cut
HEPA Filter Bags and place them between your cotton and flannel.)
Next, trim two pieces of elastic to 7″ in length. If you don’t have access to 1/4″ elastic, cut two hair bands in half.
Glue each end to the front (the right side) of your cotton fabric 1/2″ down from the top edge. Use Fabri-Tac for a washable, permanent bond.
Once your elastic is in place, squeeze a thin layer of Fabri-Tac around the perimeter of your fabric, leaving a 2″ gap at the bottom.
Next, place your piece of flannel on top and press to adhere.
Use sewing pins or standard paper clips to hold your elastic and fabric in place while it dries. Let it sit for about an hour.
Since we left a 2″ gap at the bottom of your DIY mask, you’ll have room to flip your project inside out once it’s dry.
Remove your paper clips and gently flip inside out. Squeeze some Fabri-Tac in the 2″ gap and close.
Believe it or not, your homemade mask is nearly complete!
Now all that’s left to do is pleat the short edges. By pleating the short edge of your mask, it is going to create a more comfortable and secure fit around your face. Do this by squeezing a thin strip of Fabri-Tac along the short edge of your DIY mask. Next, make 3 small pleats and hold in place with paper clips.
Leave the paperclips in place until your glue is completely dry. I made mine at night and wore them the following day.
Once your glue is dry, it’s ready to wear!
I hope this tutorial helped ease some stress and make your day a little brighter. May you have a healthy, happy future and make the most of the circumstances.
How To Make A Face Mask Video Tutorial:
How To Make A Green Goblin Mask
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