By now, we all know that having a homemade face mask is better than having NO face mask.
There are TONS of tutorials out there, and most of them are okay. They will work in a pinch, and that’s a good thing.
But, now the CDC has 3 masks that they actually give patterns for and recommend using.
I don’t know about you, but if the CDC says use it, I’m using it.
First of all, the CDC wants you to BE SURE your mask if fitting correctly to your face.
It should fit SNUGLY to the sides of your face, but be comfortable. It should be made of MULTIPLE layers, and have some sort ties that go behind the head or ears to secure it in place.
You should be able to BREATHE, and the mask must be able to be machine washed and dried, without damaging the integrity of the mask.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.CDC Website
It is important to note: BABIES UNDER THE AGE OF 2 SHOULD NOT WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING!
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.CDC Website
Here Are The 3 Pattern The CDC Recommends For Homemade Face Masks
The SEWN Face Mask: You need two 10″ X 6″ rectangles of cotton fabric, 2 6″ eastic, rubber bands, hair ties, cloth strips, or string, a needle and thread, scissors, and a sewing machine. This is a very SIMPLE sewing pattern, and you can get the directions HERE on the CDC website.
The T-Shirt Face Mask: This one COULD NOT be easier. You just need a t-shirt that you aren’t going to wear anymore, and some scissors. That’s it. You can get the directions HERE on the CDC website.
The Bandana Face Mask (No-Sew Method): This is SO easy, and BONUS, you don’t have to know how to sew. You need a bandana, a coffee filter, rubber bands, or hair ties, and scissors. You can TOTALLY make this if you DON’T have a badana. Just use 20″ X 20″ piece of cloth fabric. You can get the directions HERE on the CDC website.