We are in the throes of a global pandemic. Countless people worldwide are wearing face masks.
Since Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies are running low everywhere, some health care facilities are accepting home-sewn face masks as supplemental supplies. If you are willing to help, a list of organizations needing mask donations is here. Lots of quilt shops are also collecting masks for their local communities.
In addition, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States is now recommending that if you go out in a public setting where social distancing is difficult to maintain (e.g., trips to the grocery store and pharmacy), you should wear some form of a face mask.
According to the guidelines, mask coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
Crafters around the world are trading face mask tutorials over YouTube and patterns online. To help you protect yourself, your family or make face masks for health care facilities, we have rounded up a list of our favorite different types of DIY face masks for sewer, non-sewers, knitters and crocheters.
If you are not comfortable making your own face masks, at the end of this article we have links to face masks you can purchase at Amazon and Etsy.
Please note that wearing these face masks won't prevent you from getting a virus. These masks can help decrease the spread of particles when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
LIST OF FACE MASK TUTORIALS AND PATTERNS
DIY Face Mask Tutorials: Cloth Pleated Version with Elastic
Elastic for the mask is in short supply. If you don't have elastic, these are some substitute options: Bias tape, hairbands, hair ties, strips of cotton jersey (tee shirt yarn), and shoestrings.
The above video will show how to make t-shirt yarn. A DIY t-shirt yarn photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions is here.
DIY Face Mask Tutorials: Pleated Version with Ties
DIY Face Mask Tutorials: Fitted Versions
DIY Face Mask Tutorials: No-Sew Versions
DIY Face Mask Tutorials: Knitted Versions
DIY Face Mask Tutorials: Crochet Versions
Don't lose your mask again! Make a quick and easy strap for your face mask so it can hang around your neck like a necklace.
Take steps to stay healthy! Wear a face mask if you or your family has to go out in public. If you don't have to go out, Stay Home!
Do you need ideas for keeping kids busy while they are cooped up indoors? We have rounded up a list of over 60 great indoor activities and crafts that kids can do to keep them engaged all day long. Best of all, most of them don't require an electronic device or an app, so you don’t have to worry about too much screen time.
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