Lately, it seems face masks are all the rage. And while we wish we were talking about the exfoliating, wrinkle-reducing, moisturizing kind, we're talking the SLOW THE SPREAD kind.
According to the CDC, Cloth face coverings should—
For you sewing machine users out there, we have a Facemask pattern for you here (thank you, sewfinity.com)! Here are some sewfinity tips and tricks! And if you don't have access to a sewing machine or don't know how to use one, the CDC has some no-sew options here.
Sanitizing your mask is also important. You should routinely wash your mask after use. There are several ways you can do this.
Option 1: Thoroughly wash the mask in soap and warm water and leave it to dry in the sun for five hours.
Option 2: If you do not have access to sunlight, place the mask in water in a pressure cooker and boil it for at least 10 minutes and leave it to dry. Adding salt to the water is recommended. In the absence of a pressure cooker, you may boil the cloth mask in hot water for 15 minutes.
Option 3:If you do not have access to a pressure cooker/boiling water wash, clean the mask with soap and apply heat on the mask for up to five minutes. You may use an iron. Source
Making Masks for the Community
If you are making many masks in hopes to share with the community, THANK YOU! Please follow the guidelines below, then fill out this form to tell us what you have. We will do our best to virtually match you with a need in our community!
Credits and Other Resources
Thank you so much to sewfinity.com for permission to use photo and share the sewing machine pattern!
Idaho Makers Unite also has some great ideas and guidance on face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
World Health Organization: When and How to Use Masks