As the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has now recommended the usage of masks in all public settings, including trips to the grocery stores or pharmacy, there are a few different ways you can make masks at home, including using cloth and clothing materials.
To create your own cloth face mask, here’s what you need:
- Two 10" x 6" rectangles of cotton fabric
- Two 6" pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
- Sewing machine
For a simpler and no-sew version, you can use either an old T-shirt or a bandana. These methods only require scissors and rubber bands or elastics. Follow CDC’s step-by-step guide on how to make your own mask here.
In the midst of home mask-making, our very own VCAD Fashion Design graduates, Gundula Hirn and Genette Mujar have started their own mask-making services.
Gundula has started making masks for personal use, using 100% cotton, as requested by medical sewing communities on YouTube.
“I had been watching the news unfold around the pandemic since the beginning and noticed that there was going to be a shortage of masks around the world as medical masks are disposable and usually one time use,” says Gundula.
Gundula is currently making six different sizes for a more versatile fit. “I couldn’t help myself and incorporated my signature touch to the masks by using beautiful fabrics for adult and playful fabrics for the kids.”
If you’re interested in purchasing a mask for personal use, you can contact Gundula at @gundulacouture.
Separate to Gundula’s business operation, Genette has partnered with another individual to establish a volunteer organization, Mask Couture, that creates beautifully-sewn masks for frontline workers.
To date, Genette has given away over 250 masks to friends, family, and local churches. The Mask Couture team is looking for more volunteers, so if you’re interested, feel free to contact Genette directly @genettemujar.
Great job to our VCAD grads – keep up the great work in giving back to our communities!