Sew your own face mask: Here’s how to do it
Amid worldwide shortage of face masks, you can now make your own at home. Also, take a look at tips on optimum mask hygiene.
As the world is facing acute shortage of face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Malayasian creative is encouraging at-home hobbyists to sew their masks and has uploaded her online instruction video on YouTube racking over a million views in three weeks. So if you need a mask, read on for more information and check out how to make it.
Kuala Lumpur-based creative Ching Ng is the founder of sewing studio Maker’s Habitat where one can learn to sew anything. But in present scenario, Ng has turned to sewing fabric face masks and showing others how to do it, too.
“My colleague shared a Facebook post with me about fabric masks with filter pockets that was written by Dr Chen Guanting from Taiwan, and we thought it was a very good idea to help save the surgical masks for those in need, such as health care frontliners and the sick,” Ng told the South China Morning Post.
So what all material is needed to sew surgical masks?
“All you need is a sewing machine, fabric and some basic sewing skills... “If you can sew a straight line, you can make a mask,” Ng says. She has put together a simple video showing the making process.
But Ng says it is important to understand what a fabric mask can and cannot do for you. “If you’re heading to a high-risk and/or crowded place, a surgical mask will give you better protection, especially if you are elderly,” she said.
Ng has also given tips on optimum mask hygiene
1. Wash and dry your hands before putting on a mask.
2. Adjust the mask to fit around your face – you can tie the elastic loops tighter if needed. Once the mask is worn comfortably, you will not have to touch your face or the mask to readjust it.
3. If you find yourself sweating a lot, prepare replacement masks so that you can change to a fresh one when needed. Fabric masks must be washed daily.