Here’s our guide to different types and step-by-step instructions on how to make them.
Whether you’re handy with a sewing machine, like cutting up old t-shirts or just want a quick fix, the principles are the same: the more layers of material the better, and the mask needs to fit snugly around the face, and you should be able to breathe comfortably.
One study has shown that the best materials to use are tightly woven cottons or twill, natural silk or quilted cotton material. But you can also make do with what you have around your home.back to menu ↑
No sewing necessary
Let’s start with a simple one.
How to wear your mask
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times
- Store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
- Wash a face covering regularly – it can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent
Homemade masks are not necessarily intended to help the wearer, the government says, but they could help stop you inadvertently passing on the disease to others if you have it but are not showing symptoms.
If you do have coronavirus symptoms – such as a high temperature or continuous cough, you should stay indoors and isolate at home.
Whichever face covering you use, they are not a substitute for other lockdown rules. Hand hygiene especially is just as important as before – so washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds when you get home.back to menu ↑
The sewing challenge
Our third example needs a few stitches, but they can be as simple or as complicated as you like – as long as it all holds in place and survives a few washes.
Have fun giving them a go. Remember you might need more than one, so you have something to use while the other is being washed.
All masks shown were made by members of the BBC’s Visual Journalism team
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