TIP: If you are going to a high risk area (hospitals, nursing homes etc) I would wear a surgical or N95 mask underneath this one.
This is meant more for running errands, going to restaurants where you're still 6' apart, but need a face covering to enter.
Today's DIY is such an easy one and has been my go-to mask the last few weeks.
A face shield version of the mask converts to a scarf, headband when you done need it.
The biggest benefit I've noticed, is that I'm not losing them the way I'm losing my other masks because they stay on me.
The longest one can be folded in half with a space for a filter to go inside too!
Stretch Scrap Fabric
Scissors or Rotary Blade
Cutting mat and Ruler (optional)
Smallest Single Later Mask - 8" x 12"
Longer Single or Double Layer - 8" x 22"
Cowl Neck Version - 8"width on top, 15" width on bottom, 22" length
Cut your fabric
The scrap fabric that I got was actually from a skirt which is why the edges are all round. You can choose whichever you like you. Having a rotary blade, ruler and cutting mat is going to make the entire process a lot easier but if you don't have it then whatever you have will do. I am squaring off the edges to get the fabric into the measurement of a 19" x 22" rectangle.
Fold the fabric in half
When you fold it in half, it's going to take the shape of a one long rectangle. I folded it lengthwise so it is 8.5" x 22" long tube.
And I am going to pin the length of the seam. From this one long rectangle, I can make multiple masks.
The next step to do it sew the seam with a zig-zag or straight stitch. If you use a knit fabric that doesn't fray you can just cut it clean with your rotary blade and skip the hemming.
If your fabric does fray, you'll want to hem your edges and use a serger to sew the seam. I need it to have a nice stretch because it is a super stretchy fabric.
Now, slip the tube inside out and you will notice that the hem is kind of bubbly so get rid of that, you'll just need to iron it.
Cut it into lengths
It's time to cut the rectangular tube into masks. they're all 8 inches wide but I thought a minimum of 12 inches should be the ideal length for a single mask.
I wanted to create a double mask, a single mask and a mask that sort of hangs down as a cow neck.
And we are DONE!
So, the single layered fabric on the extreme right is the one that you can use as a a cool neckpiece, mask, and a headband.
The middle, cone-shaped fabric is the most recommended one because it can hang down as a cow neck which looks super stylish and becomes a mask with better protection.
The long rectangular fabric is excellent for providing a double layered mask with extra coverage and protection, becomes a nice scarf and a really sporty headband.
I love how they look so pretty and can be used for multiple purpose.
Make your own mask at home following the tips and enjoy being snazzy!