7 Easy-to-Make DIY Face Masks To Protect Against Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Over the past few months, many crafters have been showing off their skills by whipping up batches of face masks for their local communities. But now, wearing a mask will become even more common as shops and supermarkets require us to wear face coverings unless we have certain medical conditions.
With this in mind, now is a great time to get your craft on and have a go at making your own face mask; after all, who doesn't love wearing something they've created themself! You can upcycle clothing or even use an old pillowcase, but just make sure that it is of a good enough quality to be effective – a study cited on the BBC news website found that the best fabrics to use are tightly woven cottons or twill, natural silk or quilted cotton.
We've rounded up some great mask making ideas for you to try your hand at, and that you can craft in fun, spirit-lifting fabrics. Just be sure to follow the government guidelines and remember that a cloth face covering is not a medical grade mask, nor are they a substitute for social distancing or washing your hands regularly.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off, and try not to touch your face, or the face covering while you are wearing it. After each use, wash the mask well in detergent – you can pop it in a plastic bag so you don't have to handle it until you have an opportunity to wash it – and clean any surfaces the face covering has touched. Keep up to date with the latest advice on face masks here.