To help protect yourself and others from the spread of the coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as pharmacies, doctor’s offices and grocery stores. Due to the fact that an individual can have the virus but not know it or show symptoms, this is a critical step to flattening the curve. Masks or face coverings can be fashioned from household items such as bandanas and scarves or made at home from common materials at low cost.
**Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
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 laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Sewn Cloth Face Covering
• Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
• Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
• Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
• Sewing machine
1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
For the latest news, resources, and information, we suggest regularly checking the CDC’s website HERE.