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Learning how to make a face mask is an easily acquired skill that's extremely useful at the moment, with face masks becoming mandatory in more and more places around the world. And if you've never sewed before, then don't worry – two of the four ways listed here require no sewing skills whatsoever. Though you can buy your own face mask, the disposable kind can end up being quite expensive, and aren't great for the planet to boot. Plus, when you make your own face covering, you can tailor it specifically to your requirements – particularly helpful if you wear glasses and find that normal face masks are making your glasses fog up.

Our step-by-step guide is loosely based on the methods outlined by the CDC and the good news is, making your own mask is a breeze. Below, we've got four super-simple methods for you to choose from, each with only a few short steps to follow according to Creativebloq.

Why a cloth face mask?

CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Masks with at least 2 layers of fabric are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. Simple masks can be made at home using washable, breathable fabric and may help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to CDC.

What do you need to make a homemade cloth face mask?

Making a cloth face mask is simple, and many patterns don’t require professional sewing skills or even a sewing machine, Healthline expressed.

As long as you have the following, you’ll have everything you need to make your own face mask:

  • some type of fabric like an old clean t-shirt or other cloth
  • scissors
  • rubber bands or hair ties
  • ruler or tape measure
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Step-by-step instructions for making a face mask

Step 1: Cut out 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric. Stack the squares on top of each other.

Step 2: Fold over one side by 0.75cm and hem, then repeat on the opposite side. Make 2 channels by folding the double layer of fabric over 1.5cm along each side and stitching this down.

Step 3: Run a 20cm length of elastic (or string or cloth strip) through the wider hem on each side of the face covering. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle to thread it through. Tie the ends tightly.

Step 4: Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the covering on the elastic and adjust so the covering fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping. These elastic loops fit over the ears.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions. Always take care to use equipment safely to avoid injury. Children should only follow these instructions under the supervision of adult, GOV pointed out.

In addition to wearing a face covering:

  • Wash your hands. Use soap and water, and wash them for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is acceptable to use if you are unable to wash your hands.

  • Cover your face when coughing with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.

  • Avoid touching your face, because you could transmit the virus from your hands into your mouth.

  • Stay at home, except for essential trips outside like trips to the grocery store or to see your doctor. This is also called sheltering in place.

  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people. In March, the White House recommended avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people. That should be easy because you’re staying at home.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

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