How to Make No Sew Face Masks

How to Make No Sew Face Masks

No sew face masks is the answer to the face mask shortage around the world. In this pandemic time, face masks, along with toilet paper, pasta are in short supply. For a long time, the western countries resisted the idea of wearing face masks. It was believed that face masks do not help in the prevention of coronavirus, can create false security, and discourage clean hygiene habits.

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However, the wind is now blowing in a different direction. Maybe Asia was right all along? CNN article now talks about the use of face masks. Perhaps Asia have been right all along. Their infection rate is lower, and containment of outbreaks is faster.

On March 27, the director general of the Disease Control and Prevention in China said: “The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe, in my opinion, is that people aren’t wearing masks…. when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth.” With all the mounting evidence, it would be foolish not to heed this advice.

In Vancouver, a homeless charity called Union Gospel Mission has staff and volunteers cranking out creative, colorful face masks for donation to the health care workers who face the shortage of protection gears. While it will not help prevent Covid19, it can help prevent the spread of infected droplets.

We can learn from history by looking at the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. The pandemic lasted from January 1918 to December 1920. It infected 500 million people, which was one fourth of the world’s population. By the time the pandemic ended, it is estimated that between 17 to 50 million people were dead. Let’s hope that we can overcome the Covid19 pandemic with better technology and smart practices.

different types of face masks used during pandemic
Women wear face masks during the Spanish flu pandemic
Bank of Calgary staff wear face masks
Bank employees at Bank of Calgary worked with face masks
face masks common during spanish flu pandemic
office typist wear face masks while at work

Welcome to the new reality. For my own protection, I will self-isolate, social distance as much as I can. However, to resume normal living for the next 12 month, face masks might become a common occurence.

Here are my instructions for a no-sew face mask. All you need is a square piece of cloth, ideally cotton, and 2 hair ties.

Step 1: Use a square piece of handkerchief or bandana
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Step1A place a cut out coffee filter top in the middle of the kerchief
how to make your own bandana face mask
Step 2 Fold the top and bottom flap towards the center
Make your own face mask with no sewing
Step 3 Fold the top flap towards the center
Easy do it yourself bandana face mask
Step 4 Fold the bottom flap towards the center
Step 5 Slide the hair elastic from opposite ends
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Step 6 fold the ends towards the middle
Easy No Sew Do it Yourself Face Mask
Do it yourself bandana face mask
Add sunglass for full protection.
celebrities wearing face masks
Renee Zellweger Colin Hanks Katy Perry wear face masks

Beautiful celebrities wearing face masks set examples for the rest of us to follow. Our health and lives are more important than fashion. Above photo shows Renee Zellweger, Colin Hanks and Katy Perry wearing face masks. Any kind of face masks is better than no face masks.

The top doctor in Canada recently recommended the use of non-medical face masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus. Sterile surgical masks should go to health care workers on the frontline battling the coronavirus.

How to make your own face mask
Easy simple instructions how to make no sew face masks