Introduction

While the recommendations have varied, now The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now officially recommended that everyone but infants should wear a cloth mask or face covering in certain public settings.

Here is a Q&A from the CDC website. And here is an informative Youtube video about Why You Should Consider Wearing a Face Mask.

It is important to remember that the face masks recommended for average citizens are not medical-grade, and therefore will not deplete the supply for nurses. This being said, it is even better to make your own mask from materials within your home if possible, so as to not over-burden the supply. As of April 20th, face masks are now being selectively required in 7 states.


So, how do I make a mask?


Method 1: Aaron's How To Guide!

Method 2: Quick T-shirt cutoff (No Sewing)

Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
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From CDC.Gov


Method 3: Bandana Mask (No Sewing)

Materials:

  • Your bandana of choice (or a square 20”x20” piece of cloth)
  • 2 rubber bands or hair ties
  • Scissors
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From CDC.Gov


Method 4: Have a sewing machine? Try these video tutorials!

Basic mask:


Shaped denim mask:


Three-layered facemask:


What Cloth Should I Use?

A group of researchers from Cambridge University made a comparison between a variety of fabrics to find the perfect balance of filtration and breathability, concluding the best materials for homemade masks to be pillowcases and cotton T-shirts. Check out this Huffington Post article for more info:

  • Make sure the fabric is 100% cotton
  • Woven cotton materials such as pillowcases, sheets, and napkins are best because they are breathable, have fewer holes, and are easiest to sew
  • Try holding your cloth up to the light. The less light that gets through, the less particles that can through
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Conclusion

Remember that wearing a mask is a valuable way to protect your community! Combined with social distancing and frequent hand-washing, wearing a mask is a good way to keep yourself and your neighbors safe!