Making disposable facemasks

Posted by ihatediabetes @ihatediabetes, Apr 24 12:49pm

Hi everyone, I am trying to make disposable facemasks with blue shop towels, tape, and a stapler. I have been making fabric masks with a sewing machine for the community. But it takes a long time. Plus people need a sewing machine, skills, fabric. I can do max 24 per day. I believe we need a simpler way for people to wear facemasks. I get that we aren't supposed to wear medical masks. But why can't we make disposable masks with materials we can get in stores. I don't get the whole emphasis on fabric masks that have to be laundered.

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Thanks @ihatediabetes, great idea! Here's another no sew example….

How to make a no-sew mask with an old t-shirt and shoelaces –

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@ihatediabetes That might be a really great idea for people who repeatedly need to use masks throughout the day, going in and out of multiple places. I wonder if they might also be better for people who have trouble breathing through the N95 or multi-layer fabric masks too? Let us know how it goes.
Sue

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I already think it's more comfortable. The shop towel is absorbent so I don't feel that it gets damp. I have trouble breathing through my tightly woven cotton mask. I got a twelve roll pack of shop towels at Sam's Club pretty cheap. I could make these much faster and cheaper than the cotton facemasks. I am part of the effort to provide facemasks to North Minneapolis. But I fear we can't sew fast enough to meet the needs. I think we need more options.

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@johnbishop This technique of making a no sew mask is the one I have found to work the best for me. I hope it is helpful to others.

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The reason behind the fabric mask is the disposable ones … like the gloves too … tend to be thrown on the ground or in shopping carts. They add to landfills.

I haven't made a mask. I did try to do one with a bandana and hair ties. The ties just pulled off my ears.. I failed. I have a bum thumb right now and the folding is hard on my hands. I have disposable masks. .. like Harbor Freight sells. I wear them in the yard because of pollen allergies. When I went to the doctor the other day I wore a thicker one that my husband had just happened to pick up in the surgical center I had my thumb surgery at in January (pre covid-19). It was harder to breath through. He says he wished he had gotten more, but that would have been greedy.

I do know how to sew. I just need my husband's help in cutting out the fabric… which I have enough to make several. He may have to do the sewing part too under my direction. I do like this shop towel idea. I will show it to him. I am not sure it would be big enough to cover his big face though 😏.

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@fourof5zs

The reason behind the fabric mask is the disposable ones … like the gloves too … tend to be thrown on the ground or in shopping carts. They add to landfills.

I haven't made a mask. I did try to do one with a bandana and hair ties. The ties just pulled off my ears.. I failed. I have a bum thumb right now and the folding is hard on my hands. I have disposable masks. .. like Harbor Freight sells. I wear them in the yard because of pollen allergies. When I went to the doctor the other day I wore a thicker one that my husband had just happened to pick up in the surgical center I had my thumb surgery at in January (pre covid-19). It was harder to breath through. He says he wished he had gotten more, but that would have been greedy.

I do know how to sew. I just need my husband's help in cutting out the fabric… which I have enough to make several. He may have to do the sewing part too under my direction. I do like this shop towel idea. I will show it to him. I am not sure it would be big enough to cover his big face though 😏.

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@fourof5zs Try using two towels for your husband if one isn't large enough?
Sue

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I have found a no sew approach to face masks which uses a T-shirt sleeve. I now have a selection of colorful face masks to choose from. I found it on youtube-of course.

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