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DIY Cloth Face Masks – For those that Sew

By on March 21, 2020 in Pet Safety

Cloth Face Masks an Option to N95 Masks

If you are an at-home sewer, we’ve found a medical site offering a pattern to make DIY cloth face masks at home – which are an alternative to N95 masks – and can be worn when around pets, friends, family and when venturing outside.

Have time and supplies? They’re also advising you to contact your local medical facilities to see if they could use these masks. Would be a great community project to sew cloth face masks and donate them for local medical needs.

According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.

“Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office. “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed. While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.”

DIY Face Mask pattern found on Deaconess.com  About Deaconess.com

 You can also do a Search for How to make a Cloth Facemask and you’ll find many sites with good instructions:

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DIY make cloth facemasksHere’s another site (Instructables) we like that has very good instructions for Cloth FaceMasks with patterns for children, medium and large sizes also.






From the CDC:

The World Health Organization recommends protective equipment including masks (if they not available, a cloth to cover the mouth is recommended).

While low in instruction but with much scientific reference, this is the CDC’s official word about cloth masks:

“Unlike NIOSH-approved N95s, facemasks are loose-fitting and provide only barrier protection against droplets, including large respiratory particles. No fit testing or seal check is necessary with facemasks. Most facemasks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales. The role of facemasks is for patient source control, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.

“Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should wear a facemask until they are isolated in a hospital or at home. The patient does not need to wear a facemask while isolated.”

Dato VM, Hostler D, Hahn ME. Simple Respiratory Mask. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2006;12(6):1033-1034. doi:10.3201/eid1206.051468.

Read this CDC article about using Cloth FaceMasks



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