When the pandemic spread to North America and it became very clear we were going to need Masks.
Started experimenting with pleated rectangular Masks, the ones with a pocket for a coffee filter and a twist tie over the bridge of the nose. Elastic was hard to come by and never imagined those abandoned twist ties in the bottom of kitchen drawers would ever be put to use.
Stores were closed so we used whatever fabric we had on hand, which as a non-sewer meant cutting up old sheets and deconstructing kids' pillows cases looking for cotton with a little bit of personality.
But found that rectangular Masks were rumpled and 'gappy.' Yes they were washable but after a few cycles through the machine, even though had used plastic, not paper twist ties that would wash away, the nose bridge was becoming bumpy.
So we beta tested several 'patterns' that people were posting on the internet. We made our own modifications and settled on sewing tailored, well fitting, sleek Masks with 2 layers [*changed to optional 3 layers in Nov 2020] of soft cotton that looked great, washed well and offer much needed protection during this pandemic. We are airing on the side of caution and decided against adding coffee or hepa filters because filters may become impregnated and frankly could be a risk to the wearer.
Wearing a homemade Masks in the community is recommended for periods of time when it is not possible to maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings, such as once weekly shopping trips.
But wearing a Mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
You might want to buy a few Masks so that you always have a clean one on hand and your whole family also has a selection of cleans Masks to wear too. You will need to wash and dry each Mask whenever you get home.
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