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DIY Face Masks: Including a No Sew technique!
Have you considered constructing your own face mask? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind. We’ve also added videos and written instructions, including an easy “no sew” technique. The principles below have been provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC.
- Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
- Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Possibly double-layer the fabric. Masks must be made from washable material such as fabric. Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming. What are the best materials to use? Details –> HERE
- The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.
- Suggested materials- outer layer tea cloth, inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture, and an inner tea cloth layer. Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible and use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding). For straps, use elastic straps that loop behind the ears.
For complete details, visit the Minnesota Department of Health outline –> HERE
CDC Covid-19 FAQ’s –> HERE
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