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Making face masks.

(56 Posts)
Witzend Wed 08-Apr-20 10:50:35

I’m not at all sure how effective homemade ones are - better than nothing I suppose - but dh so clearly wanted one that yesterday I found a pattern online, on the crafty quilter website, and made him one out of 2 layers of an old pillow case - very high thread count satin cotton.
It didn’t take long at all, and luckily I had thin elastic for the bits to go round lugholes.

After asking dds and their blokes whether they’d like any, I now have 4 more to make - 5 if I do one for me, too.

I’d been pleased with myself for using up out-of-date gluten free flour and yellow split peas - never thought I’d be using up old pillowcases too!

vampirequeen Wed 08-Apr-20 12:03:35

I read that you can make them out of bras but you have to be careful and only use the left cup otherwise you'll end up being a right tit grin

Apologies to anyone who finds the language offensive.

Witzend Wed 08-Apr-20 12:41:52


Katek Wed 08-Apr-20 13:38:30

‘Nuff said!

giulia Wed 08-Apr-20 13:41:38

Oven paper: 30 cm. Pleat. Fold short ends round two rubber bands. Staple.

It's what we're doing here in Italy while STILL waiting for the proper ones to reach us common mortals.

NfkDumpling Wed 08-Apr-20 13:45:12


I used one of my scarf ‘tubes’ when I had to go shopping. It’s quite chunky and double thickness - and I doubled it. DD’s told me it was still no good as it was woven fabric. That the best thing to use was baby nappy liners (unused obviously!)

NfkDumpling Wed 08-Apr-20 13:46:52

(Sorry - the grin was for Katek’s photo.)

Thanks Giulia. I stand more chance of finding oven paper!

dontmindstayinghome Wed 08-Apr-20 13:51:19

Apparently a really good material to use to make a face mask is a hepa filter hoover bag (unused of course)! They are made up of several layers, you must remove the plastic layer.

They filter out very fine airborne pollutants such as pollen so are probably a good idea. They have to be well fitted to be completely effective but will be good enough when 'socially isolating'.
I've made a few of them and they are comfortable to wear.

Teacheranne Wed 08-Apr-20 14:23:41

What is oven paper?

AGAA4 Wed 08-Apr-20 16:11:35

Some good ideas on here as I was thinking of trying to make one. Not sure about the bra - should I use plunge, wired, total support or backless?

Atqui Wed 08-Apr-20 17:32:59

Love the bra picture. I’d have the same problem!!

Barmeyoldbat Wed 08-Apr-20 17:36:40

Yes I a few for us to use a few weeks back. You need to have one layer acting as a filter which is made from a non woven material.

giulia Wed 08-Apr-20 19:13:49

Teacheranne I think it's what you call greaseproof paper:
used for lining cake tins and such.

NfkDumpling Wed 08-Apr-20 19:20:10

I assumed Giulia meant something like oven liner paper although it seems a bit stiff.

Would double thickness J-clothes work? That’s woven.

giulia Thu 09-Apr-20 17:49:30

I know some people here have been using panty liners but then I heard these contain substances that should not be near the face.

ExD Thu 09-Apr-20 17:54:49

I have a friend who makes them by the dozen and a local Care Home is delighted to have the. It seems anything is better than nothing, but I shall pass on the message re the cake tin liners.
Its something the sewers amongst us could do to lend a hand.

I loved the bra joke.

SueDonim Thu 09-Apr-20 18:29:20

The Guardian has no-sew ideas for face masks. They suggest kitchen towel or coffee filters as disposable inners.

Tangerine Thu 09-Apr-20 18:32:36

Vampirequeen - I thought your joke was very funny.

NotSpaghetti Thu 09-Apr-20 18:36:32

I read 30% effective at preventing you spreading virus to others... so long as you don't touch or reuse them (obviously without a hot wash if the fabric sort).

Regarding types of fabric - if you can see light trough it it's not much use. You can use tightly woven fabric but non wovens tend to block the light better.

vampirequeen Thu 09-Apr-20 21:02:59

Thank you Tangerine grin

NfkDumpling Thu 09-Apr-20 21:25:58

So my thick Buff neck tubes are ok. The one I was wearing to go shopping has a fleece like lining under close woven fabric. And I doubled it.

I don’t need to worry so much now as we’re completely isolating and having everything delivered. The Tesco man just retreated to the road while I unpacked the delivery box.

NfkDumpling Thu 09-Apr-20 21:27:12

(I appreciated your joke too VQ)

vampirequeen Fri 10-Apr-20 06:53:12


Willow500 Fri 10-Apr-20 07:11:23

I found some in our summerhouse the other day while clearing out years' worth of husband's work records - we're not sure what he bought them for. I took one with me when I went shopping but then didn't wear it as no one else seemed to be using one - not sure it did much good stuck in my coat pocket hmm

Schnauzer1 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:35:55

I made one using two layers of cotton and a layer of sew in vilene with some jewellery wire wound like a paper clip inside to seal the top of the nose. Its a good fit but quite hard to breath through. The pattern I copied from pinterest said to wash after each use and to iron with a very hot iron. I hadn't thought of ironing to kill the germs.