How to make a coronavirus face mask
Make a face mask from materials found around your home.
By Lorelei Yang, Countable News
With the news of the Trump administration’s potential shift to recommending face masks for everyone, people are becoming more and more interested in making their own DIY face masks.
There are numerous ways to make face masks out of a broad range of materials, including cloth, bananas, and air filters. Some designs require sewing skills, while others are no-sew. We'll show you both.
DESIGNS THAT REQUIRE SEWING
Jessica Nandino, who is herself a nurse, has developed an all-fabric face mask design. Step-by-step instructions and a template are available for free on Instructables.
Olson Mask using cotton weave fabric, hair ties, a 0.3 micron filter and double-sided skin adhesive
UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids’ Made @ generate program offers step-by-step instructions for making hospital-grade masks using fabric, hair ties, a filter, and double-sided skin adhesive. The instructions also include printable templates for the various pieces of the mask.
Free one-page PDF template for fabric facemasks
These face masks with filter pockets using the free PDF template have been approved for use by the incident command team at a hospital in Boseman, Montana. Step-by-step instructions and printable patterns are all available for free.
HEPA vacuum bag mask
This Instructable's uses HEPA vacuum bags to produce masks with better filtration than cotton fabric alone.
Mask using a replaceable furnace filter
This YouTube tutorial demonstrates the process for making a face mask using fabric, a replaceable furnace filter, a pipe cleaner, and elastic.
No-sew face mask using a bandana:
This YouTube tutorial shows how to make a face mask using only a bandana and rubber bands.
No-sew mask using a T-shirt
A t-shirt, pen to make markings, and scissors are the only materials required for this no-sew mask made from T-shirt material.
Ensuring that the materials you use are appropriate is most important if you’re planning to produce masks that will be donated to frontline healthcare workers.
Good luck with your creations!
(Photo Credit: Screen Capture: Darbin Orvar YouTube)
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