DIY medical mask in 10 minutes

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We constantly hear on radio and TV about the necessity to protect against coronavirus or influenza. The simplest thing we can do is wear medical masks. No one will be surprised to hear that going to the pharmacy to buy masks is a fool’s errand. There’s no need to panic, but we also shouldn’t underestimate the situation.

medical mask

Chinese got used to a similar situation a long time ago. Joy-pup also got interested in the process of making a medical mask at home.

Medical mask made of nonwoven fabric

A do-it-yourself (DIY) medical mask can be made from toilet paper, napkins or absorbent paper towels. We offer the last option.

Маска медицинская из нетканого материала

You will need:

  • paper towels;
  • double-sided adhesive tape;
  • elastic;
  • scissors.
paper towels;

How to make a DIY medical mask:

1. Cut a piece of paper towel 32 cm long.

paper towel

2. Fold in half. Glue adhesive tape on three sides of one half.

Glue
paper towel

3.  Tear off the protective layer from the tape, fold the towel and glue it. Attach a strip of adhesive tape on the right side again.

paper towel

4. Bend the edge along the width of the tape and glue it. Flip the rectangle so that the long side lies horizontally. Concertina it up three times. 

paper towel
paper towel

5.  Form it up a bit and glue the strip of tape on both sides.

paper towel

6. Attach elastic bands and fixate them with adhesive tape. If you don’t have elastics buy a cord-elastic band. Cut a piece 22 cm long and tie in a knot.

paper towel

If some details of the description were unclear, watch the video.

Medical gauze mask

Paper masks are made quickly, but they become worthless also very quickly. We offer a more durable option which is a reusable gauze mask. You can sew it at home in 10 minutes.

Medical gauze mask

How to sew a mask from gauze without a cutout

A proper gauze mask must consist of several layers with cotton wool inside. A special cutout isn’t needed. Just cut out the rectangles of the appropriate size.

For a gauze mask you will need:

  • gauze;
  • thread with a needle;
  • scissors.
How to sew a DIY medical mask:

How to sew a DIY medical mask:

Fold the gauze into 4 layers and cut out 15×25 cm rectangles.

How to sew a DIY medical mask:

Cut 5×30 cm bands for the ties.

bands

Fold the band ties ragged edges inward and iron.

Take three layers of gauze, put them together and attach at the corners of the tie as shown on the photo.

bands

Put the fourth layer of gauze on top.

gauze

Sew on the edges, but leave a small hole so that it can be turned out and filled with cotton wool through it.

gauze

Here are the instructions on how to make a DIY mask that will protect you in public places.

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