FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - After several weeks of COVID-19 spread, the CDC is now suggesting Americans wear cloth face masks, or as they’re calling them cloth face coverings while their out in public to help limit the spread.
A number of different organizations are now making cloth face coverings for people to use, but what if you don’t have one yourself?
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With just a few items you may have lying around the house, you’re able to make one for yourself.
You’ll need the following:
- Two pieces of 100% cotton fabric cut into 10 inch by 6 inch rectangles
- Two 6 inch pieces of elastic, rubber bands, string, or cloth strips
- Needle and thread, Scissors
- If you have one, a sewing machine
Step 1: Cutting
Grab your scissors and cut your two pieces of cotton.
You want a cotton that’s tightly woven like a quilter cotton.
Some studies that are underway have found that tightly-woven cotton can block upwards of 70 % of particles.
Step 2: Sewing
Along the long edge, fold your fabric about a quarter of an inch and hem it.
You can use your sewing machine, or if you have a needle, double up your thread and use what’s called a backstitch.
This will help ensure a strong, durable stitch.
HOW TO: Learn to sew a backstitch
Once you finish the long edges, fold the short edges in half an inch and hem. You should create a sort of tube.
Step 3: Ear loops
If you’re using elastic, take one end of your strip and place it inside the end of the tube you created on the mask and sew it in place. Repeat on the other end and the other side.
If you’re using something like string. Feed your string through tube on the mask and tie a knot in it.
Then, rotate the knot inside the tube so it doesn’t show.
Step 4: Fitting
Secure your mask on your face and make sure it covers your mouth and nose.
There are other options as well on how to make a mask out of an old t-shirt or even a bandana.
Those instructions can be found below.
Options to make your own clotch face covering according to the CDC.
Optional Mask Template from Kaiser Permanente