Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Sewing a face mask - Daily Figures Updated...

4324 new cases and 563 new deaths including two teenagers. Come on certain people, start taking things seriously!

There are many different types of mask available online to make. I prefer this style as it sits just slightly away from your nostrils allowing free breathing. I also made a few adjustments to the pattern.

I got the original pattern and instructions from: here.

I did the basic pattern but extended the sides slightly as I wanted to thread elastic all the way through as per the end bit of this vidio (using 22" of elastic): here.

I used a plastic coated bin bag tie for my nose piece. As an inside filter, I used a non iron on vilene interfacing fabric which is not woven so makes a reasonably good seal between the layers of material to keep out as many germs as possible. The author of the site offers further ideas.

Anyway, this it what it looks like when on:

I can breathe through it quite well I must admit so shall wear it next time I go shopping! Whether anyone personally thinks such masks are useful or not doesn’t matter. For me, everything I can do to protect myself and DB is better than nothing. I also wear gloves.

Oh, prewash material if new, I didn’t and this shrank. I shall probably make another one soon. Also use good quality cotton, denim, nothing thin or stretchy.

10 comments:

  1. I've seen lots of people wearing masks where I live plus gloves. People are taking it seriously at last. I wear a mask when I'm cleaning the rabbits out as the hay makes me wheeze. I'm tempted to wear it in public too.

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    1. I am amazed at how many people aren’t wearing gloves.

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  2. I agree, and have also made some masks for Harvey, myself and our youngest son. A bit of protection is better than no protection at all in my books.

    God bless.

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    1. I don’t want to risk picking up anything that would reduce my immunity, having just finished antibiotics after feeling unwell for nearly a month.

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  3. That looks useful and I will have a go this afternoon. Thanks for link

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    1. Comfortable to wear, not to long to make for a good sewer. Took me a little while.

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  4. Thank you for that. I had a go at making a mask from YouTube but not happy with it. I will try this one.

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    1. This one is fiddly putting the nose metal in but she has adapted her pattern so should be easier. Quite comfortable.

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  5. There have now been 2 confirmed cases on the Island so making masks is becoming a must now. Stay safe.

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    1. It definitely needs the inside non woven bit to make it as good as possible. Currently 147 in Norfolk.

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