How to make your own face mask

The Government’s new guidance suggests wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces such as shops or public transport where social distancing may not be possible.

The advice reads: “The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.

“If you have symptoms of Covid-19 (cough and/or high temperature) you and your household should isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.”

It adds that the recommended face coverings are not the same as the surgical masks used by healthcare staff and other workers.

“Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of two or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, for example primary school age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions,” the guidance continues.

“It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.”

Though medical-grade PPE is in short supply, the good news is it’s very easy to make your own face mask that is suitable for shopping and other instances where you are leaving the home.

Here’s a round up of some of the best tutorials – there are options for with or without a sewing machine, as well as two no-sew options, too.

No-sew DIY face mask

How to sew a simple medical face mask

Sew a simple face mask by hand (no sewing machine)

Sew a fitted face mask with filter pocket

Make a hospital-style surgical mask

Simple no-sew bandana face mask

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22nd May 2020
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Such a helpful choice, and the explanation was clear and easy to understand. I'm off to try my first mask!
13th May 2020
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Found a pattern a couple of weeks ago on YouTube for a face mask with filter pocket. Made 17 so far for my family and friends. Had a feeling it was heading this way. Stay safe everyone.
28th Apr 2020
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I fall into the 'shielding ' category due to having MS, so at home until the end of June, but making good use of my time sewing for the NHS.
Have you a tutorial for the headbands that are needed?
9th May 2020
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I'm not sure if I got this right as to what you mean but I just copied a youtube playlist I put together yesterday. .
The list has 6 videos. The first 2 are for masks like on the page here and the last 4 videos are tutorials for the visors/headband face shields that I think you are talking about.
They are very good tutorials and so easy to make so I hope this helps.!
28th Apr 2020
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Thank you for sharing. Such a brilliant idea. I shall be getting the sewing machine out tomorrow.
28th Apr 2020
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I havent left my home for over 12 weeks, as i fell and broke my hip. i am quite bored now, so would like to go out, so i will try making the no sew face mask to use out. thank you so much.x
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Hope you manage to get out and about soon LynetteW a gentle walk will do you good in the fresh air as
12 weeks is a long time to be stuck indoors. Also hope you manage to make the face mask ok.
Keep safe.
Best wishes

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