S. Bard wrote:In Belgium they have asked people to sew masks to help the supply for the hospitals. They released an Instruction PDF on how to make it.
They suggest a double layered cotton design, where you can insert whatever removable filter you have at home (cut up vacuum filter for example). The design is approved by the federal health office. They say this design isn’t medical grade, but given the shortage it is the next best thing. Once you remove the filter, the mask can be sterilised by boiling to be re-used.
The pdf plus printable pattern is unfortunately written in Dutch, but there are lots of pictures, so I’m sure sewing-savvy people will have enough info with this.
If people are interested, I can look into helping with the translation.
IF YOU ARE SEWING MASKS: Please READ this important instruction from a local Nurse Practitioner.
Big thing with the masks that we have been seeing. There needs to be a different fabric design or color used for inside and outside of mask so we can quickly tell which side has been to our face and which said has been toward a patient. Makes a difference in how you take it on and off and then put back on. Want to know which side you already had facing the patient to you don’t mistakenly put that side toward your face when you put it back on. We have had some very well intentioned people make masks that may not be the most helpful.
r ranson wrote:I found these beautiful masks for sale on Life Without Plastic. A bit expencive for my budget, espcially now. But they also link to this article: https://time.com/5799964/coronavirus-face-mask-asia-us/?mc_cid=498bcc7368&mc_eid=01b271f2bb
They talk about how the masks aren't as good as the N95, but given the global shortage and the excess polution from disposible maks, this makes a good alternitive for those who aren't in frequent close contact with sick people.
Judith Browning wrote:This may have been mentioned in previous posts and I know some instructions specify two different fabrics.
It's important though so just in case.....
Want to know which side you already had facing the patient to you don’t mistakenly put that side toward your face when you put it back on.
Beth Wilder wrote:
Judith Browning wrote:I wonder about using some of the non woven things used in clothing construction like pelon or some other interfacing fabric sold by the yard (or something similar to the vacuum cleaner bags mentioned in Anne's quote above) that might filter but not make such a humidity pocket behind the mask like a cotton fabric does?
Someone in my local fiber arts guild said, "I've just learned that the filtration membrane in a surgical mask is meltblown polypropylene. Better known to BFAGsters as nonwoven fabric interfacing! A layer of this in your diy surgical masks might be a good idea!" What do you-all think? That in between a couple layers of cotton? It should help hold the mask's shape away from the face, too. This Instructable is the pattern folks around here have started to use, I believe.
Adrien Lapointe wrote:Here is an interesting article about the efficiency of the homemade masks.
Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, an infectious diseases specialist, said he doesn’t think that most of Canada’s health-care institutions are in a “dire situation” in terms of shortages of N-95 masks. However, he said that may be a problem in some of the country’s urgent care and family medical clinics.
The federal government said they have secured millions more masks for health-care workers in the country, while other industries, such as educational institutions and dental facilities, have been asked to turn over their supplies.
While Sharkawy said there may not be a use for homemade masks in the country’s hospitals just yet, he said they can be used in the home, especially by people who are caring for someone with COVID-19.
While he doesn’t recommend them for doctors and nurses working directly with COVID-19 patients, Sharkawy said homemade face masks can offer some protection against the virus. He said homemade face masks can be made using cotton or even an anti-microbial pillowcase.
“You can use pretty much anything that is going to withstand a little bit of moisture and be rewashed,” he said.
Excellent job! A poorly fitted mask will not do as good a job and it is worth doing this right. I'm sure you'll find someone who fits the first attempt and needs one. If you've got a tiny face, I suspect the design with the wire makes a big difference - it definitely does with me, as without it, the mask tends to slide up into my eyes and then I'm constantly re-adjusting it which defeats the purpose!
This was a bit too big, so I cut down the smallest size.