How to make cloth masks

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The CDC now recommends wearing cloth masks in public places, including grocery stores and pharmacies, where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. If you have leftover fabric and a sewing machine (or even a needle and thread), you can make face masks to help keep you and your family safe. Crafter JenniferMaker shows us how in her easy-to-follow step-by-step video.

“Research shows that a well-made face mask, even a homemade mask, can slow the spread of bacteria and viruses in a community and protect our vulnerable friends, family and neighbors,” says Jennifer. She recommends washing the masks by hand and letting them air dry before using them again.

Jennifer’s model is available in three sizes (small, medium and large) and has optional features, including a filter pocket and a wire nose guard to ensure a secure fit.

What do you need:

  • Model
  • T-shirt fabric
  • Cotton fabric
  • Elastic or ribbon for suspenders
  • Wire (optional)
  • The scissors
  • Sewing machine

    Craftsmen from across the country have come together to sew face masks to donate to their hospitals and care centers for the elderly. Before making masks for donation, be sure to check with your local medical center to determine donation requirements.

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