Make your own face mask to limit the spread of Coronavirus

April 20th, 2020|Action of the Day|0 Comments

Wearing a facemask to slow the spread of COVID-19 has been recommended by the CDC and the U.S. Surgeon General. A face mask is worn to protect against transmission of Coronavirus and can help if you, like everyone at Action Utah, find you can’t stop touching your face! They can be great tools to help us “flatten the curve,” but should not dissuade you from practicing proper hygiene and social distancing measures. 

The CDC recommends that cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

What You Can Do

  • Scroll down for options on how to make your own face mask.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene when wearing and caring for you mask. Follow the guidelines from Intermountain Healthcare in this PDF.
  • Once you’ve made your own, you can start donating to local and national organizations that have put out the call for masks. ProjectProtect is a collaborative effort between Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, Latter-day Saint Charities, Utah non-profits, and volunteer sewers across the state. They provide the materials and you make the masks to take back to them.
  • Many local first responder groups and shelters are looking for mask donations as well.

How to make your own mask

If you don’t have access to a facemask, don’t worry. The web is filled with face mask patterns right now!

No Sew Options

You can make a mask using hair ties, a bandana, and a coffee filter:

Sewable Options

This version by Made Every Day using t-shirt like knit material for ties that wrap around your head in order to relieve stress from your ears. 

This Craft Passion mask pattern is a great one because it includes a channel for a wire to mold the mask to your nose, ties that wrap around your head, and a pocket to add your own filter.

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