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Monday, August 24, 2020
How to Make a Mask at Home
With the Mask Mandate for Muscogee County, many people in our community may be searching for a reusable face mask.  In an effort to assist, we are sharing a few ways for you to make your own reusable cloth face mask at home. 

Sewn Face Masks

Needed Materials: 
  • Two “10 x 6” inch rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6 pieces of elastic (rubber bands, hair ties, string, or cloth strips)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Directions: 
  1. Cut out two rectangles of cotton fabric (9x6 inches for Adults, 7.5x5 inches for children). Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric, cotton sheets, or even t-shirt fabric. Stack the two rectangles on top of one another. You will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
  2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
  3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
  4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
No-Sew Face Masks

Materials:
  • Bandana, old t-shirt, or square cotton cloth (9x6 inches for Adults, 7.5x5 inches for children)
  • Rubber bands or hair ties
  • Scissors
Directions:
  1. Fold bandana in half.
  2. Fold the top down and the bottom up.
  3. Place rubber bands or hair ties about 6 inches apart.
  4. Fold sides to the middle and tuck.
Expert Fitting Tips:
  • fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • completely covers the nose and mouth
  • is secured with ties or ear loops
  • includes multiple layers of fabric
  • allows for breathing without restriction
  • can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
By working together and wearing cloth coverings, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more tips on creating a mask, click here.

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