How to Wear a Face Mask or Other Cloth Face Covering
All face masks and other cloth face coverings should:
- Have many layers of fabric
- Have secured fastening like ties or ear loops
- Have the ability to be laundered with a washer and dryer without damage or a change to size/shape and still allow for breathing without too much restriction
- Have a comfortable fit snugly on the side of your face.
The CDC Recommendations on DIY Face Masks and Other Facial Coverings
The CDC recommends that you wear face masks or other cloth face coverings when you are in public circumstances when it is difficult to follow social distancing rules (like as in drug stores or grocery stores), specifically in areas of serious community-based transmission.
The CDC recommends the use of a simple cloth to cover your face in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to assist those who could be infected with the virus and don’t know it, from infecting others.
Face masks or other cloth face coverings made from household items or homemade from common materials may be used as extra, voluntary public health measures.
Face coverings should not be put on children under the age of 2; people who have difficulty breathing or are unconscious, incapacitated, or are unable to remove face coverings without assistance.
Face coverings should not be surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Face masks like that should be reserved for frontline workers like healthcare workers and other medical first responders; this is what is recommended by the CDC.
Should I wash my face mask or other face coverings, and how often?
Yes, you should routinely wash your face mask, depending on how often you use it.
How can I safely clean and sterilize my face mask or other face coverings?
To properly sanitize your face mask, you should use a washing machine and dryer.
How do I safely take off a used face mask or other face coverings?
Be careful not to touch your mouth, eyes, and nose when taking off your face mask or other face coverings. Wash your hands immediately after removing facial coverings.
Facial Mask Sewing and No Sew Instructions
How to Create a Sewn Facial Covering
- 2 – 10″ x 6″ rectangles of fabric (cotton)
- 2 – 6″ pieces of elastic (rubber bands, cloth strips, string, or hair ties)
- Sewing Machine
- A Pair of Scissors
Cut out 2 10″ X 6″ rectangles of fabric.
It’s recommended that you use tightly-woven cotton-like quilting fabric or other cotton material. You can use a T-shirt fabric in a pinch.
Place the 2 rectangles of fabric on top of each other, but you will be sewing the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
To make a hem, fold over the long sides ¼” and hem. Next, fold the 2 pieces of fabric over ½” along the short sides. Finally, stitch it down.
Next, run a 6″ length of 1/8″ wide elastic through the wider hem along each side of the mask. This will make up your ear loops.
Next, use a big needle or bobby pin to thread it thru. Tie the ends tightly together. If you do not have elastic, use elastic headbands/hair ties. With string, you can make longer ties and put the mask on by tying the ties behind your head.
Softly pull on the elastic, so the knots are hidden inside the sewn hem. Put the sides of the mask together and adjust it to fit your face. Stitch the elastic in such a way to keep it from sliding.
No-Sew T-Shirt Face Mask/Covering
What You Need:
- A Pair of Scissors
- A T-Shirt
No-Sew Bandana Face Mask/Facial Covering
What You Need:
- Hair Ties or Rubber Bands
- A Pair of Scissors (if you are making your own face mask)
- A Bandana (or square piece of cotton cloth about 20″ X 20″)