Making masks or face coverings at home is becoming something of a cottage industry. This is despite the science not being absolutely clear. Basically, the idea is that by wearing a mask or face covering you are reducing the risk of spreading Covid 19 to others. However, it doesn’t mean that by wearing a face-covering you are less at risk of contracting the disease. It is to protect your fellow citizens should you have Covid 19 and be asymptomatic (unaware).
In England, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering on public transport. It has also just announced the use of face coverings in shops will be mandatory in England from 24th July so it is best to get prepared https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53397617
If you google making masks, you will find any number of techniques. Some are really helpful and practical and others are just plain daft!! We decided to add our own version and asked Sarah Price to do a small Blue Peter type video to explain how she is making her masks.
Sarah tells us you don’t need to be a master sewing bee contestant to get in the making masks groove. The main issue seems to be sourcing lightweight iron on vilene and elastic. There are plenty of super fabrics to choose from so you can really have fun and let your wild side out.
You will need the following
- washable poly-cotton or cotton fabric
- lightweight iron-on vilene (don’t have it any thicker or you won’t be able to breathe!)
- aluminium nose bridge strips (optional) – available from Amazon
- thin elastic (not hat elastic – that is too thin)
- sewing machine, iron, thread, pins or clips, scissors, tape measure.
Why not send us photo’s of your home made masks – we would love to see them. The groovier the better!! https://www.facebook.com/flexerciseuk/
We want to stress that wearing a mask should not be a substitute for social distancing and good regular hand washing. Remember to change your cloth masks or face covering regularly. They can be chucked in the machine with the rest of your laundry. Finally, they are not medical grade PPE and should not be used in a clinical setting.
Here is Sarah’s helpful video https://youtu.be/2AKGf8873dI