Cloth Face Covering – How to Wear?
Cloth face coverings should—
- fit tightly but comfortably against the side of the face
- ties or ear loops to be secured
- multiple layers of fabric included
- allow for breathing without any restriction
- without damage or change to shape be able to be laundered and machine dried
CDC – Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC suggests wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other maintaining social distancing measures is difficult (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises simple cloth face coverings to be used to slow the spread of the virus and can be helpful to people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings from common materials made or fashioned from household items or at home at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary measure for public health.
Children under the age of 2 should not be placed with cloth face coverings , anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings suggested are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical and crucial supplies that must continue to be retained for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as suggested by the recent CDC guidance.
How regular should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned ?
Yes. Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the usage frequency.
A cloth face covering, how to be sterilized/cleaned safely?
A washing machine should serve as a medium in properly washing a cloth face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful when removing their face covering so that they do not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth and hands should be washed immediately after removing.
Instructions for Sew or No sew
Cloth Face Covering- Sewn
- Cotton fabric of Two 10”x6” rectangles
- Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
- Sewing machine
Tutorial – Sewn
1. Two cut outs of 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Tightly woven cotton should be used, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a squeeze. Two rectangles should be stacked; sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. The long sides ¼ inch and hem should be folded over. Then the double layer of fabric over ½ inch should be folded along the short sides and stitch down.
3. On each side of the mask run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the broader hem . These will be the ear loops. To thread it through use a large needle or a bobby pin. The ends should be tied tight.
If elastic is not available, use hair ties or elastic head bands. If there is only have string, make the ties longer and tie the mask behind thehead.
4. Pull on the elastic gently so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask is fitting the face. Then to keep it from slipping, securely stitch the elastic in place
Quick Cut Face Covering (no sew method) using T-Shirt
Face Covering Bandana (no sew method)
- Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
- Rubber bands or hair ties)
- Scissors (if cutting own cloth)