Wearing a homemade face mask

Homemade face masks for that quarantine chic

Let’s start at the beginning, yes? Homemade face masks may not be effective at blocking The Virus.

There’s some evidence they might be worse than nothing.

And some evidence that homemade face masks help quite a lot.

If you’ve seen a better sources than those, please drop them in the comments. Otherwise… maybe don’t?

Why did I sew face masks then? Because both J and I have been sick. Not sick enough to need hospitalisation, or more than a day or two in bed, but sick enough that the online test we found gave us a choice: come to the emergency room or stay home.

Stack of six home made facemasks

So, masks, not to protect us, but maybe to protect someone else.

The free face mask sewing pattern I used was For a Nurse by a Nurse.

A home sewn face mask

I’m uh, a rather indifferent seamstress, but the pattern was very easy to follow.

The fabric is an IKEA curtain I sacrificed for the greater good. Mostly because I felt the colour was appropriately medical.

Face mask sticking out of a coat pocket

I wouldn’t have worn them a month ago, but now they feel like a going-outside necessity.

I sewed a little pile of six, so we can wash them after every use.

Wearing a homemade face mask

Help me feel more normal about this – do you think you’ll sew one too?

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