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Looking for a great mask to make? We've got you covered, and this mask will cover your face! (Please note that we strongly recommend using a serger to make this mask).
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of DIY and handmade mask variations out there. It is both confusing and overwhelming to determine good, better, best. Having made (literally) 100s of masks, Rebecca Yaker and Amy Wyland put together a fitted mask they believe represents the best of the best in terms of fit, fabric, construction, comfort, versatility, and function in a handmade mask.
Amy’s mom, Mary Kay, created this fast, easy spinoff mask using knit fabrics (such as an old t-shirt) and a serger. This is a super quick mask to make if you have a serger!
- It hugs your nose and cheeks, yet offers a little more space at your mouth, so talking is still comfortable and clear offering a comfortable, secure fit.
- The sides of the mask come further back on your face to help ensure coverage. Additionally, the mask will not gape in front of your ears.
- The mask ties behind your head (as opposed to tugging on your delicate ears) resulting in a better fit and ultimate comfort for extended wear. A knit jersey tie makes adjustments super easy.
Using the pattern pieces provided, follow this basic step-by-step photo tutorial to make your own mask. Ideally you'll already have all your supplies at home. Remember, staying home is the best thing you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Take some pleasure in your isewlation as you make masks for yourself and your loved ones.
And when you do need to go out, wear your mask and please remember to follow these mask-wearing best practices:
- Your mask is not reversible.
- Do not share your mask.
- Do not touch your face or mask while wearing it.
- Remove your mask by touching the ties only.
- Wash after each use.
- Do not microwave your mask.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.