At the beginning of the COVID-19 crises, people were told that wearing a mask was unnecessary unless it was confirmed that you were sick. How anyone would be able to confirm that they were sick is hard to say because there seemed to only be tests available to people who have also been invited to the Golden Globes. As cases skyrocketed in the U.S., the Center for Disease Control changed its tune. Now they say everyone should be wearing a mask as a form of protection from droplets in the air entering their lungs.
But where in the heck are people supposed to get them? Even doctors and nurses are begging the government for proper protective gear in hospitals and there has been a mask shortage as people panic-buy all the available supplies. The answer is to make your own, a terrifying proposition to those of us who have no desire to pick up new hobbies during quarantine. Don’t panic: there are a lot of ways to make a simple mask from materials at home without being particularly skilled at anything.
Like this basic mask made without a sewing machine from an old t-shirt, shared by Twitter user Lee Sova Claypool:
The CDC is now recommending masks in public settings like grocery stories and pharmacies.— Lee Sova Claypool (@lee_gsc) April 4, 2020
The president says nah.
So without further ado, here's "how to make a mask from a t-shirt (without a sewing machine!)"—by my mom, who is smarter and much prettier than the president. pic.twitter.com/QDMl39LhBL
Claypool says she got the design and instructions from her mom and outlines the basic cuts and stitches needed to make her masterpiece. A glass of wine helps, she says.
Cut the tee as pictured! Cut off both sleeves for the base of the masks, and the bottom hem and armpit seams into two equal pieces each for adjustable straps. pic.twitter.com/3qTS1AAVlH— Lee Sova Claypool (@lee_gsc) April 4, 2020
IMPORTANT! Pinch ~1/4 inch sections of fabric at the top of the mask and sew them together to make sure the mask sits flush against your face. pic.twitter.com/wGl4LvGrkk— Lee Sova Claypool (@lee_gsc) April 4, 2020
That's it! These take no time at all, are breathable and pretty much as safe as you can get using household materials. Here's a picture of my hot mom dancing during pre-quarantine times, to close things out.— Lee Sova Claypool (@lee_gsc) April 4, 2020
Please share! pic.twitter.com/T3q4DHeTyU
But if even that is too much (who has a sewing kit in this economy?) there is the popular handkerchief and hair tie option, which requires no sewing at all. Simply take a handkerchief, fold it a few times, then slip the hair ties over each end, about a third of the way into the roll. Then fold those edges in toward the center and loop the hair ties over your ears.
Voila: an uncomfortable mask.
And if all else fails, wrapping a scarf around your face or wearing an old t-shirt as a straight-up veil is a good idea. It must be said that a mask isn’t like a face condom. Wearing one isn’t enough protection to head back into the club or have a housewarming party. It’s just something extra you can do to protect yourself while going on that weekly grocery shop or a socially distant walk around the neighborhood. Why not protect yourself if you can?