How to Make a Face Mask - No-Sew - Sewn - or Disposable
As from Friday 1 May, the lockdown will drop down to Level 4, which requires that everyone wear a face mask. If you don't have access to readymade face masks, here's how to make your own.
On Friday 1 May, South Africa will be downgraded to Level 4 in an effort to let the economy resume but still keep the population as safe as possible. As part of Level 4, all South Africans will be required to wear a face mask when out of their homes. Not everyone has access to face masks and many are making their own face masks. We collected some of the best ideas for making face masks, with or without a sewing machine, and also to make a disposable face mask using kitchen towels.
Also, be aware that there continue to be unscrupulous dealers out there that are charging ridiculous prices for 'supposedly' safe face masks that can only be worn once - despite the fact that they claim it can be worn for a longer period. If you wear a face mask when out, don't wear it again until it has been sanitized.
How to Sanitize a Fabric Face Mask
If you decide to make a fabric face mask, you can sanitize after each and every use by wetting and placing in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. When you remove the face mask from the microwave it should be very hot - an indication that the fabric has been sanitized properly. You can also use this method for kitchen cloths, tea towels and face flannels.
Make a Disposable No-Sew Face Mask
This quick and easy disposable face mask is made using ordinary kitchen towels (on a roll) that are folded and stapled at the ends over elastic bands. Probably one of the most economical ways to make your own face mask if you don't have a sewing machine. In accordance with WHO guidelines, a mask should only be worn for 4 hours before being replaced, so using kitchen towels is an affordable option for everyone.
Make a Fabric No-Sew Face Mask
Making fabric face masks is the 'go-to' for everyone out there looking to make a face mask. This project lets you recycle old t-shirts to make a face mask or two.
All you need to make your own fabric face mask is sharp scissors and old t-shirts - Nothing else is required. You can make these at home for you and your family and adjust the size for children or adults.
Another alternative to making an easy face mask is to use a bandana or scarf to wrap around your face. Keep in mind, however, that the fabric should be a closed-weave - not too thin or open - to provide maximum safety.
There are plenty of videos and DIY's out there that show you how to make a face mask if you have a sewing machine, so I'll leave that up to you as to which method you prefer to use.
Safety First - Face Mask and Glasses
While wearing a face mask is a must if you go outdoors, for the safety of you and your family when out and about, don some glasses or goggles. If an infected person coughs or sneezes close to you, you can still be infected via the tear ducts. We recently posted an old project that shows you how to make safety glasses by recycling plastic bottles with a couple of elastic bands. It's not very pretty, but it is practical, so check it out here.