So things have gotten quite hairy in the past month, wouldn’t you say? Coronavirus basically showed up on the scene months ago in China and we all made a bunch of jokes about some moron chomping on a bat head and effing things up. Well the laughter has now died and coronavirus has crapped on our lives.
I am lucky enough to be able to still work but from home. I thought I would be slaying this blog with all this extra time, but that is not the case. I’m actually slammed with work, but whatever, it’s fine because it’s not like I have anywhere to go and there is only so much Netflix I can watch.
PS – if you haven’t watched Tiger King, you have to.
PPS – If you haven’t heard of it, you are a loser and you need to get some friends who are real.
I’m obv practicing social distancing unlike this moron I work with who is gallivanting around town. I won’t name him but he’s a dummy so he clearly doesn’t read quality materials such as this blog. But if by chance he does, f**k you, I see your stupid posts on social media!
Don’t be a dummy about going out but at the same time, most people still have to go out to get groceries. I am currently doing that for us, my parents and in-laws. It’s better for one person to do it than each household. Plus they’re old and they should stay safe inside. But for running errands, I’ve started to wear a mask.
Doctors on TV initially said face masks don’t do anything but now it’s better to wear a face mask so that if you have it, you don’t crop dust it across the entire city. That is reason enough for me but since I’m not a healthcare professional, I’m just going to make my own face mask. They need the good stuff.
Homemade Face Mask
9×14 inch breathable fabric
4-6 inches of 2 elastics, ribbon or fabric
Sewing machine & thread
Time (we all have it now #noexcuses)
If you don’t have material, then just use some t-shirt. I didn’t have elastics so I just used ribbon. It doesn’t stretch so I just measured it to fit my ears.
Cut a piece of breathable fabric 9×14 inches (you don’t want to suffocate yourself) and fold in half on the left side (that means the ugly/plain side facing out). Lay it flat to line up the edges and pin it in place.
Place your cut ribbon on the inside with the right side of the fabric and pin it in place in the corners. One ribbon in the top and bottom corners on the left side and the second ribbon on the top and bottom corners of the right side.
Stitch up both sides with ½ inch away from the edge and then 3 inches across the top from each side, leaving a 3 inch gap in the middle. Push the right side of the fabric (the patterned side) through the 3 inch slit. Press down the fabric to flatten it.
At this point, your fabric should be about a 8×7 inch (or so) rectangle with an elastic loop on each side. Time to put in the pleats.
Starting on the left, mark 1.5 inches from the top, then 1 inch down another 5 times. This will allow for the 3 pleats across the mask. Do the same for the right-hand side and make sure they line up with the left side.
Starting from the bottom mark which is the sixth, bring it up and place it on the fifth mark. Then do the same for the forth and line it up to the third mark and then the second mark to the first. It will look like a zig zag in each spot. I pinned mine in place horizontally.
Do this with the other side and ensure the pleats line up from one side to the other. Sew up each side.
Your face mask is basically done! You have that middle 3 inch slit, which you should leave open and you can pop in some kind of disposable filter. I put in a coffee filter (shout out to Mrs. Krafchick that inspired this idea). In this slit, you can also tuck in a pipe cleaner or a wire across the top of the slit so you can adjust it to your nose. I didn’t but I might. I have time.
Mine turned out a bit bigger because I didn’t put enough space around the edges when I sewed the face mask, but maybe I have a smaller head? Doubtful as Polish ppl usually have big heads (and brains, lol). But whatever, it works and I don’t have much coronavirus face mask sewing experience.
If this is too much for you, just sew two pieces of material together with a hair elastic on each side (or sew in a ribbon and just tie it up at the back of your head). You can check a tutorial on YouTube too.
This obviously isn’t a medically certified face mask or anything but hey, if it’s suggested to wear a mask when going out for essential errands like groceries, this is better than nothing.