Facemasks have become the norm and a part of our attire since the pandemic arrived in 2019, with most of the world’s population donning them if they leave their homes to visit another person or head to the shops for food and supplies. Because of this need to wear facemasks, we’ve not only seen a shortage but we have also seen people wearing facemasks that match their personality or suit their clothing style/current outfit.
Learning to make your own facemasks is a great way to ensure that you will always have one to hand, but it also allows you to make one that fits your aesthetic as well as reduce waste. For instance, do you have some old clothing laying around? If so, you can recycle the fabric into a facemask!
Do you want to learn how to make your own facemasks? If so, here are a few tips to get you started!
Do You Know How to Sew?
While you do not necessarily need to know how to sew (there are templates and guides on how to make facemasks without sewing), it can prove useful and allow you to experiment more with a variety of facemask styles. Typically, you will not need to use a sewing machine (a needle and thread is more than enough), but if you do know how to use one, then this is an option that you can take and use when making your facemasks. A sewing machine can streamline the process, making it a lot quicker and provide a professional finish.
Find the Fabric That You Want
There is a lot of creative freedom when it comes to designing your facemask. You can choose the type of fabric you want to use as well as the colours and patterns. But which fabric is the best? Heavy fabrics will provide you with the best protection, but these heavier fabrics are difficult to breathe through and this can make wearing the facemasks a lot more uncomfortable. You may wish to experiment with a few fabrics as certain materials may irritate your skin.
Once you know which fabric you are after, it’s time to purchase your fabric so that you can start the process of making your facemasks. Online craft supply stores have a wide variety of craft supplies and fabrics for you to choose from, plus delivery means you can limit the risks of heading outside. To browse a good collection of fabrics, head to reallymaria.com.
Look Up Guides from Trusted Websites
To ensure that you are giving yourself the best protection and coverage, and that the technique you are using is likely to be as durable as possible, use trusted websites as a guide on how to make facemasks. The best source is the government website, as they provide steps and images to help you understand the process as well as the supplies you will need. Click here for the government guide on how to make and wear a facemask.
Facemasks are an important means of protecting ourselves against the coronavirus. Therefore, having a supply of facemasks is essential in not only protecting our health but also protecting the health of others if we are to come into contact with them. Learning how to make your own facemasks is a great way to recycle any fabrics that you have but can also act as a useful project.