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How to make your own protective mask

Apr 3, 2020, 11:56 AM | Updated: Jun 24, 2020, 9:35 am
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(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Gov. Inslee has issued a statewide mandate to wear a face covering when in public. The governor says a willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor. That leaves two options: buy masks or make your own.

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Popular Science has instructions about how to make a mask without a sewing machine. You’ll need to hand-sew a non-woven polypropylene reusable grocery bag. Note: Wash the bag first.

These instructions from Marketwatch might be better, if you don’t trust reusable shopping bags. They involve old bed sheets and a paperclip.

If you have a bandanna (or piece of similar sized cloth) and two rubber bands, this might be the YouTube video for you. There is no sewing involved. A hair tie and scarf works the same, according to this how-to guide. The author says tights or cut up socks are more comfortable than hair ties.

Ski masks and scarves might work, too.

If you’re an experienced seamstress, JOANN Fabrics has instructions and a supply list, along with a how-to video on YouTube. You could order supplies online. Amazon sells fabric and elastic.

 

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How to make your own protective mask