It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.
It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.
Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may be carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.
Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands.
We considered several factors when designing our mask:
Snug fit against the face
Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.
It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.
The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.
Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.
We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.
We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.
The information contained in this blog is the opinion of MainelyDiY.com Please follow CDC guidelines
26 thoughts on “DiY Face Mask – FREE pattern to Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders”
Love the nose piece addition – what is size of rectangular pocket used for paper clip?
My pocket is about 3 1/2″ by 1″. Thank you for asking
Great instructions on making this mask. Are there printable instructions?
The instructions are found on the patterns in our download library. The mask patterns are FREE and for personal use only. You may make masks and donate them at no cost to charity. If you would like to share the pattern, please direct your friends to MainelyDiY.com
Is it possible to downsize mask for children
Thank you for the request. We just added 2 smaller sizes masks.
Can you send me the pattern? Thank you.
You can download them from our library. Currently there are 3 sizes available.
Pattern does not appear to be in library anymore.
While an image exists, the links are all circular references.
Thank your for the heads up. The link for each size can found in our download library
looking for my free pattern
You can all our patterns in our library
I love this mask pattern (the cat print). Does this pattern come in a pattern for children?
Thank you for asking. We just added 2 new sizes
Enjoyed your video and would really like the pattern to make some masks. Please send me the pattern.
The pattern is available in our Library
looking forward to get start, nice pattern, looks easy.
It is easy. I have been making and donating them to those in need.
I’m trying to get the template for making masks. Can’t open the site. Please help me. I want to make masks to donate to our food bank workers.
Please try this link Library
Thank you so much for sharing you great idea, much appreciated 😊
Thank you for your kind comment.
You make it look so easy, please send me the pattern , Thank you
Please try this link Library
You make it look so easy! I will have to give this one a try! I love your design. Thank you for sharing! Stay inside your own bubble and don’t burst anyone’s else’s bubble!!
Stay safe & have a beautiful day!!😄💕🙏🙏
Happy you enjoyed this. Stay safe.