Since most of us are house bound and wanting to do something positive for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, I thought I'd spend my day making face masks. So here is the pattern I came up with. I'm now trying to find places who need these so I can donate my time and materials to make them. I need to do my part! Stay safe everyone!
UPDATE: I will be donating some masks to a senior center in New Jersey. Seems these centers have NO protective equipment so are happy to receive anything. My friend also found a connection to a local hospital so I will be giving her masks to take there. There is also a website here in Colorado that has established connections to local hospitals (they use a different pattern) but I will also be making masks for them.
Also, I made one for my husband to wear to the grocery store and today, he did and got lots of compliments and questions like "Where did you buy that!" Now I'm thinking that supermarket checkers and stockers would also appreciate some masks.
Free Face Mask Pattern
IMPORTANT NOTE: Face masks made at home are not made of medical fabric. Home-made masks are made from tightly woven polyester fabrics and cannot protect the wearer from being infected from the COVID 19 virus. But these masks are better than no masks in a pandemic. Perhaps these home-made masks can be utilized by hospitals and senior care facilities as ways to prevent healthy people from spreading colds and flu while medical masks can be used by nurses and doctors. Before making these masks, find a place to donate them. That will save you time and materials if they are not needed.
Cut 2 pieces of cotton fabric to 9” x 7”
Cut 1 piece of 22 Gauge wire to 11” (pipe cleaner will also work)
Cut 2 pieces of 2mm round elastic cord (6.5" long for women, 7.5" long for men)