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Apr 27, 2020
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), N95 masks are only recommended for health care workers protecting themselves from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, many experts agree that wearing a mask in public could help prevent the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using a face mask if you are taking care of a person suspected of having coronavirus, and the CDC is recommending that people wear “do-it-yourself cloth covering” while they're out and about.

But with a national shortage of N95 masks and other loose-fitting surgical masks, you may be considering making one for yourself or others. Good news: It's possible to make masks at home—even with limited crafting experience.

How to make a mask
This video from the Detroit Free Press shows that you can fasten together your own mask by sewing together two pieces quilting fabric and elastic. For those who can't sew (or don't want to), this Youtube tutorial shows you how to make a face mask using fabric, rubber bands, fabric glue, and an iron.

More: How to make your own face mask to help stop the spread of the coronavirus

Where to get the materials to make a mask
To make your own mask at home, you're going to need quilting fabric, elastic, a sewing kit/sewing machine or fabric glue, depending on the route you choose for crafting. While supplies may be limited for these items, we rounded all the retailers you can still order these materials from.

Quilting fabric

Get the Fruit Fabric Strips By Loops & Thread at Michael's for $13.29

Get the Fabric Palette Pre-Cut Cotton Fabric at Blick from $4.99

Braided elastic

Get the 0.12 Inch Width Braided Elastic Band at Walmart for $32.99

Get the HLJgift 1/4" Braided Elastic at Amazon for $12.44

Sewing kit

Get the Singer Beginner's Deluxe Sewing Kit at Joann for $12.59

Get the Loops & Threads Large Sewing Kit at Michael's for $6.49

Get the Singer Sewing Survival Kit at Target for $9.49

Fabric glue

Get the Beacon Adhesives Fabric Tac Permanent Adhesive at Joann for $5.99

Get the Liquid Stitch Permanent Adhesive at Michael's for $4.99

Get the Elmer's 4oz Craft Bond Glue at Target for $3.69

How should you wear a mask
According to the WHO, the use of a mask will only be effective in conjunction with proper hand washing and sanitization practices. You should wash your hands before and after applying your mask. While applying the mask, make sure your mouth is covered and that there are no gaps between your face and the mask.

Be sure not to touch the mask while wearing it. If you do touch your mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately. You should take care to remove the mask from behind and not touch the front of the mask. If it's a disposable, toss the used mask or wash a reusable cloth mask in hot, soapy water. Always clean your hands immediately after.
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