With this announcement, the panic buying public will no doubt scoop up any available stocks of manufactured masks – but don’t worry, with a few simple items that you are likely to have at home, it is quick and easy to make your own face mask which will be every bit as effective as a shop bought one!
The Gov.uk website says:
- A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
- Wash your hands or use sanitiser before putting your mask. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all times.
- After using, store your face coverings in a plastic bag until you are able to wash them.
- You should wash your face covering regularly/
- When wearing a face covering take care to tuck away any loose ends.
A simple face mask you can make at home using an old tee shirt:
1: Cut a straight line across the width of the T-shirt approx 20cm from the bottom of the T-shirt.
2: From 2cm below the top right-hand corner of the fabric, make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric.
3: Cut down towards the bottom until you reach approx 2cm above the bottom edge. From here, make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom of the fabric to make a rectangle that can be discarded.
To make the ties, cut open the edge of the 2 long strips of fabric.
Unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and the nose. The 4 strips act as ties to hold the cloth face covering in place and should be tied behind the head and around the neck.
Please remember that face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or by those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.
This information is a guide to making a simple face covering. We do not endorse any particular method and other instructions are widely available online. Always take care to use equipment safely to avoid injury. Children should only follow these instructions under the supervision of adults. Information and images provided by the gov.uk website.