While COVID-19 Pandemic does not seem to end anytime soon, on the other hand there is a shortage of protective face masks like N-95, surgical masks all over the world. Because the health care workers who are at risk of getting infected need protective gear than anyone, therefore everyone is requested to use cloth Face masks for the protection. The cloth Face masks made at home needs to be breathable and effective enough to protect us from the coronavirus. Thus, by using Eco-friendly fabrics we can make protective Face masks that are skin-friendly.
Many must be wondering what fabrics and how to make the masks if there is no sewing machine at home. No worries, we are here to help you out.
What fabrics need to be used?
Here we are going to give the list of fabrics that can be used to make face masks.
COTTON:- If there is no organic cotton available. Look for products around the house that are made out of cotton.
LINEN:- As linen fabrics are biodegradable, they can be used for making face masks
SILK:- Silk fabrics can also be used but require more layering. Difficult to handle fabric while stitching.
Examples of items that can be used:
- 100% cotton t-shirt
- Linen shirts
- Woven shirts
[* NOTE- If there is no access to Eco-friendly fabrics at present, opt for any other products made out of natural fabrics that are heavy.]
- Take any fabric and hold it up to a bright light, and if you see there is a lot of light coming through the cloth, then it is better not to use it.
- If you have a lightweight 2 layered protective face mask try using Air filter sheets in between the layers.
After deciding what fabric to be used, let us now move on to the material required to stitch the face mask.
Cut the fabric into 15″ x 8″ ratio (38cm x 20cm).
Now fold the fabric. The wrong side must be on top.
First give an allowance of 0.5″ and draw a straight line on the opening side of the fabric.
Mark your mask, 3″ from top and 3″ from the bottom.
Now start stitching the opening side 3″ from top and 3″ from the bottom
Note: There must be an opening gap in the middle. Do not stitch it
Attaching elastic loops
Elastic loops – 6″
Stitch edges of the elastic loop on top and bottom to the folded fabric. The loops must be inside the folded fabric.
Stitch the edges on the wrong side.
Pull the fabric on to the right side from the opening gap that we have done in step 2.
(For best result iron the fabric whenever needed)
Formation of Pleats
Fold the fabric 3 times. Fold fabric from top to center and bottom to center as shown in image.
Iron the pleats and stitch along the pleats using 0.5″ allowance.
Something is better than nothing. Once you’ve mastered the art of stitching cloth Face masks, try to make more of them and provide it to the ones who cannot afford it or unable to make it for themselves.
- Wash with warm soapy water.
- let the face mask dry for at least 5 hrs.
No Needle and Thread, no issues you can still make a face mask. Please go to the link below and follow the easy steps to make cloth face masks without the hassle of stitching.