HOW TO MAKE FACE MASKS WITH YOUR FAMILY DURING A LOCKDOWN
I woke up this morning to the sound of nothing. I got out of bed and decided to walk around the house which has been a habit of mine since this Lockdown was initiated. My husband and I have been working from home. I work in advertising while he works as an accountant.
We stocked up on food supply, in fact we actually had more than enough that we eventually shared with the less privileged around us.
After having breakfast, My husband and I decided that we were going to make our own face masks with our children. We found this video on “How to make face masks” on the internet. All we needed were some old shirts, a pair of scissors and a long ruler. I helped the kids find some old shirts.
We watched the video together as a family. These were the various steps in making a face mask without sewing the material together:
Step 1- Spread your shirt on the table sideways. Your shirt should be 16 inches wide.
Step 2- Cut off the bottom part of the shirt.
Step 3- Cut two one inch strips and keep them to one side.
Step 4- Measure 8 inches for an adult, 7 inches for a teenager or 6 inches for a child. My husband and I are adults so obviously we measured 8 inches while our two children who are 6 and 8 measured 6 inches each.
Step 5: Cut the material at the desired measurement (6,7 or 8 inches)
Step 6: Grab the material at both sides and cut a one inch strip from both sides.
Step 7: Separate the two pieces of material (Each piece makes a mask)
Step 8: Take one piece of material and spread it horizontally.
Step 9: Measure 4 inches from the end of both sides
Step 10: Take the two one inch strips you cut off at the beginning
Step 11: place each one at the centre of the material about 4th inches apart.
Step 12: Fold the material from the end to the middle over the strings
At this stage, our masks were beginning to take shape, even our kids had followed the steps beautifully.
Stage 13: Tie the two strings into a knot together at the top.
Stage 14: Hold the center of the mask where both sides meet with one hand and the knotted strings with the other.
Stage 15: Pick up the mask and place the loop over your head
Stage 16: Take the bottom strings and tie them into a knot at the back of your head.
…And voila! You have your mask.
It was pretty straight forward. Before putting on my mask I had to help my daughter to put on hers without it coming apart while my husband helped the other child to do the same. My husband and I put on our masks after. We took pictures and posted them on Instagram and Facebook.
What an amazing idea to make a mask as opposed to spending money to buy one. I mean my neighbor makes them as she is a tailor and sells them for a N1000 each. This is a way of making your own mask for almost nothing using what you have.