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How to Make a Face Mask or Face Covering: Sew and No Sew Method

Katina Davenport

Posted on April 07 2020

How to Make a Face Mask or Face Covering: Sew and No Sew Method

What is the difference between a face mask and face covering? How and where to buy face masks or coverings? Will covering your face in public diminish the spread of COVID-19? What should you do if you don't want to make your own face mask or covering? 

Hey! This is Katina Davenport writing, owner of Lattes and Mamma T's Boutique. I wanted to personally reach out to customers and those who have been following me on social media to talk about the much needed staple of the moment--face masks and face coverings. 

As the world watched the outbreak of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in China, we never could have anticipated what would occur here in the United States. I recall seeing people in China wear face masks in public as I watched the news. I thought to myself, this must be airborne. My assumptions were correct as the pandemic began to spread worldwide, and the CDC advised Americans to start wearing "face coverings" in public. This was the opposite of what we were instructed to do at the beginning of the pandemic in the US.

Never mind what was told to us as a nation. My husband and I began covering our faces with the surgical masks given to us by my mom as we went to the grocery store in the beginning of March. We threw them away for obvious reasons. It's not advised to use them over and over. So, we began to fashion our own face coverings for precautionary measures whenever we absolutely had to go out for groceries.

So, what is the difference between a face mask and face covering? 

A face mask is usually a surgical mask worn by medical professionals. They can be labeled as medical procedure masks, dental masks, isolation, or surgical masks. They have a different thickness than a homemade face covering or face mask. They do not provide complete protection against germs because they can be a little loose fitting around the mouth.

N95 respirator masks, however, is what is needed to protect medical workers from the spread of the COVID-19. They have a special filtration feature and close fit that blocks out 95 percent of very small airborne particles. 

A face covering is a scarf, an old t-shirt, or masks that are made at home. They vary in thickness. Just about any material can be used to create a homemade face covering. It's perfect for when you are going out for essentials.

Now that we are being asked to voluntarily wear them, I wanted to share some benefits.

Benefits of Wearing Face Covering

  • Peace of mind.
  • It can slow the spread of the virus in the case of wide community spread if you are not showing any symptoms. 
  • It will keep you from touching your face. 
  • It helps by blocking large particles that can be transmitted from someone's cough or sneeze. 

Be warned. Do not place any face coverings on children under the age of 2 or anyone who might be having a hard time breathing. 

Now for the creation of your own face covering. Here are some of the best video tutorials curated for your use. 

No Sew Methods for Creating a Face Covering

Here is One Using an Old T-shirt

Sewing Methods for Making a Medical Face Mask with Lots of Layers

These were the best videos I found on YouTube to assist you in your quest for making your masks and coverings. But, what if you don't want to DIY this project you can always buy them Etsy. Just be sure to wash them before use.

When this is all over, I think we will still be using face masks when going out. There isn't a lot we know or understand about this disease. Face masks or coverings is not an open door for close contact. Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, use face coverings, and take this time to rest. Stay safe. ~Katina Davenport

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