In these uncertain pandemic times, seeing mask shortages and other shortages has our family thinking about self-sustainability. What can we rely on when supply chains fail? Not just food, but things like clothing and the hot topic right now: masks.
A decent mask requires three layers of protection and material. You have the outer layer, the middle layer and then the inner layer. The ear loops are the final step, but they don’t offer protection.
As mask shortages became an urgent topic, the likes of the World Health Organisation as well as numerous governments released guides on how you can make your own face masks during the pandemic.
One of the guides that we found helpful, was one on the Australian Department of Health website here. If that link doesn’t work for you, let me know and I’ll send you the PDF.
While it is possible to make a mask by hand sewing it, I highly recommend getting yourself a sewing machine to not only ensure a neater sew line, but to also ensure the pieces of fabric are correctly joined. The effectiveness of your mask will depend on how well those three layers are joined to one another.
It is surprisingly easy to make your own mask, so if you can’t find one at the shops, making one of your own will be more effective than not wearing a mask whatsoever.