As soon as the information was out about wearing a face mask and it can be one of the preventive measures during the outbreak of Coronavirus, people went ahead to buy them in bulk. And what was the result? Businesses ran out of them! And the situation is so critical, almost the whole world is locked. So production can’t be resumed. Here in this article, you will get to learn about how to make coronavirus mask and what are the materials required.
What now? WHO still recommends wearing a face mask to stay safe, even if you are out for some time to buy household essentials.
The last option scientists suggested was to DIY a coronavirus mask. Hearing this first question to ring in your head will be, “Okay, but how will we make sure the mask we made is ideal and captures the viral particles?”
Leave that on us! After reading the article, you will be super sure about the coronavirus mask you created.
What Type of Fabric to Use for Face Mask?
After all the chaos about the lack of face masks in the market, federal health officials released a notice recommending wearing fabric masks. Soon the scientists around the world dived into a heap of fabrics available to find the best suitable one. The experiment was done on almost all the clothes from cotton and silk to bandana and pillowcases.
We will provide you with the results. But first, let’s see what an ideal face mask should have?
- It should be thick enough to capture the micro viral components.
- It should also be breathable.
Now let’s look at the result.
|Name||Capturing of Coronavirus (in %)||Breathable|
|100% Cotton T-shirt||51%||71%||18%||2%|
|Scarf or Bandana||49%||50%||17%||–|
*The Breathability of Surgical Masks is zero (0). Hence the ones with (-) are harder than it and others are easier than that.
Based on the experiment conducted, the 100% Cotton T-shirt and Pillowcase were recommended as the best materials to use for the making of a coronavirus mask. Why so? The double fold dish towel is 97% effective, but it is less breathable.
Pillowcase and cotton T-shirts can capture 62% and 72%, respectively and their breathability is also good as compared to a dishtowel.
Scientists did this with the help of technology, but how can you check the reliability of the cloth at home?
Let’s face it, we all know clothes have wear and tear characteristics, so the degradation of fabric is common. Even if you decide to take a pillowcase or a cotton t-shirt, first you will have to make sure about its reliability.
Here’s how you can do it. Take a cloth and hold it up in front of the light. If you can see the light passing through clearly, then it’s better to avoid the material. And if the material passes a minimum amount of light, then it is good to go for the mask.
So this was all about selecting the right coronavirus mask material. What’s next? Executing the purpose, you are here. Yes! We are talking about the processing of a face mask.
How to Make Coronavirus Mask?
Making a mask at home can be overwhelming. It has straps, pleats, and whatnot. It isn’t necessary that everyone around the globe knows how to stitch. So here, we will be stating the steps for both the sew and non-sew masks.
The one with the sewing technique:
Cost of the Mask: Free (because you are making it at home)
– 2 piece of fabric (7” X 9”) for mask
– 2 piece of fabric (1.5” X 40”) for mask strap
– Sewing pin
– Sewing Machine
Point to remember:
Wash and dry the fabric with a disinfectant liquid such as Dettol.
Now let’s move forward with it,
Step 1: Take the two pieces of fabric and place them on each other. Remember to keep the sides you want to show on each other. Then sew leaving the ½ inch along the perimeter of the rectangle.
Step 2: Now turn the mask right-side-out with the help of the gap you left. Keep the edges of the gap turned inside. We will sew it later. At this time, you will see a perfect sewn rectangular piece with its edges turned inside.
Step 3: It’s time to create the pleats. Create three pleats on both the 7-inch side; each one should be spaced evenly and tucked in the same direction. To achieve this, use sewing pins to secure and measurements to form the pleats. First should be at the distance of an inch, second after the 1 inch down, and last should be at the distance of ½ inch down. And do the same with the other side.
Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the pleats, stitch it along the perimeter of the rectangle. Here you have to close the gap, left open at step 1.
Step 5: You are done with half of the coronavirus mask. What is left? Strap. For that, take the 1.5” X 40” material, fold in half (lengthwise) and iron it. Now find the midpoint of the mask (on the long side) and strap, attach them together with the sewing pin and then stitch it on edge.
This way, you will have equal long pieces coming out of both the open and bottom sides. Repeat the same with the other one.
Tada! The coronavirus mask is ready!
So this was for the one who has a sewing machine at home or knows how to stitch. Another is the no-sew mask. Keep reading!
The one with the no-sew technique:
You will find steps to form two masks with different types of material. Take Heed!
Estimated Cost: Free (will use your clothes)
Step 1: Take the T-shirt, cut the bottom part of it. The detached part will be the shape of a two-layered rectangle.
Step 2: From one long side, cut the rectangle of 6 to 7 inches. After cutting the remaining will, the mask and string to tie.
Step 3: Cut the string on the edges, such as it leaves the strings to tie at your neck and head. According to the t-shirt’s size, you might have to cut the mask to fit your face. Make sure that your nose and mouth is covering properly.
Step 1: Lay the bandana on the flat surface and fold the top and bottom of it to the middle.
Step 2: Flip over and repeat step 1 on the existing folded bandana. And thread the edges of the bandana through the headbands from both the sides.
Step 3: The next step is to fold the sides inward, so that rubber bands are at the outer side and can put behind the ears. The last step is to flip it again.
Once more, ta-daaaa! No-sew mask is ready.
Any Face covering is Better Than None:
During the pandemic, it is necessary to have a mak on even when you are out for 5 minutes. If there’s no availability of masks in the market, make one for yourself. And if possible, try making more and providing it to the needy ones to save them from the uncertainties of COVID-19. Stay healthy, Stay home, Stay safe!
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