My daughters and I have been making face masks for local healthcare workers. They are in desperate need. I’m sure our area is not the only one that needs more masks. This is a time where we can use our skills and resources to help our community. Also, our local grocery stores are requiring everyone that comes inside to wear a face mask. These help you keep your own germs to yourself as well as keep unwanted germs away from your nose & mouth. If you are touching things in a store, do not adjust and touch your mask until you have washed your hands.
Yes, these face masks are effective. They have four layers of protection as well as a filter pocket for additional layers. This specific pattern is the most requested in our area because of the design. They do need to be washed after every use. You need to wash your hands after removing it for the day. If you are making these to donate, do not try them on before donating. Always include a note reminding the recipient to wash before use. Our country has a shortage of medical face masks! These help extend the life of medical masks by wearing them over. We have been told that some nurses and hospital staff are only given one mask per week to re-use! Please help if you can!
Below are the steps and pictures for this pattern. I really did spread out the steps and tried to be really detailed. Even though there are 10 steps listed, it’s not that hard of a project. I just wanted to show every little thing I did while making this mask!
- 3 cuts of cotton fabric 9″ by 8″
- 1 cut of flannel fabric 9″ by 8″
- 2 cuts of elastic 7″
- 1 pipe cleaner 6″