This is a very simple homemade 3 layer cloth face mask and you don’t even need to own a sewing machine as you can hand stitch to create the mask with simple running stitch. You can also make the mask using a sewing machine to speed up the process.
These patterns make homemade, non-medical face mask which you can make from your choice of fabric – make it as plain or as patterned as you like. The pattern is suitable for both beginners and more experienced stitchers.
The finished mask will have 3 layers of fabric as recommended by the Victorian Chief Health Officer and a spot at the nose to add a wire stiffener if you wish.
You will need:
- Fine weave poly/cotton or cotton fabric – Either 1 piece 90cm x 20cm or 1 piece 60cm x 20cm of outer fabric & 1 piece 30 x 12 for the lining fabri
- 40cm – 60cm 3-5mm elastic (hat elastic can be used)
- Needle and thread
When wearing a face mask it is important to do so safely to avoid increasing the risk of infection to yourself and others.
How to put on a face mask:
- Wash your hands before putting on the mask
- Make sure it covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face.
- Do not touch the front of the mask while it is on or when removing it (and if you do so accidentally, wash or clean your hands immediately)
- Change your mask if it gets wet as moisture reduces effectiveness
- Wash your hands after removing the mask
- Wash you mask after every use.
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention advice
Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
The cloth face coverings made are not surgical masks or respirators. Currently, those are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders. Cloth face coverings are not personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as respirators (like N95 respirators) or medical facemasks (like surgical masks) in workplaces where respirators or facemasks are recommended or required to protect the wearer.