DIY face masks or cloth masks are suitable for indoor wear. If you're staying at home, but you still want a protective covering for your nose and mouth, DIY face masks are the best.

 

DIY face masks, however, shouldn't be worn by children under age two or anyone with breathing problems, unconscious, incapacitated, and the like. 

 

It's also important to note that DIY face masks are not at par with surgical masks or N95 respirators when it comes to viral protection. But homemade masks can be used when there's no available mask around, or you're just staying inside your home.

 

Sewn Cloth Face Covering

 

Materials:

 

Two pieces of 10" x6" of fabric (cotton)

Two pieces of 6" elastic rubber bands or any elastic strings

Bobby pin or needle and thread

Scissors

Sewing machine

 

DIY instructions:

 

  1. If you don't have a 10" x6"-sized fabric, cut out the fabric to make two 10" x6" rectangles. Make sure that the fabric you're going to use is a tightly woven cotton. Stack the two rectangles evenly and sew the sides as if you're making them into one fabric.

 

  1. Fold the long sides of the newly sewn fabric of up to 1/4 inch and hem. Fold the shorter sides of up to half an inch and hem.

 

  1. Run your 6" elastics inside the hem on each side of the shorter sides of the fabric. If you're having trouble running the elastics inside the hems, use a bobby pin or a needle as a guide. Tie the loose ends of the strings. These will serve as your earloops. 

 

  1. Wear them anytime and adjust accordingly if you think the mask doesn't fit the sides of your face well. 

 

Non-Sewn Face Covering

 

Materials:

 

20" x20" of a bandana, short, or square cotton cloth

Hair ties or rubber bands

Scissors

 

DIY instructions:

 

  1. Cut 20" x20" of a bandana, short, or square cotton cloth.
  2. Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise.
  3. Fold top down and fold the bottom up.
  4. Place the ties about 6 inches apart from each other.
  5. Fold the sides to the middle and tuck.
  6. Wear them snugly. 
  7. Adjust accordingly if the mask is too tight or too loose. 

 

How to properly wear your DIY face masks?

 

  1. Make sure that the mask fits snugly and that it covers your nose and mouth. 

 

  1. String ties or elastic ties should be used to prevent the mask from falling out.

 

  1. It's better if your homemade mask has at least two layers of fabric.

 

  1. The mask should still allow comfortable, normal breathing.

 

  1. Wash your homemade mask every single use.