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Hello, my friends! My stepdaughter, the ICU nurse, texted this morning to ask whether I’d be willing to make her some DIY surgical masks, because these are in seriously short supply in her state. Naturally, I’m springing into action!
Want to join me? I looked it up, and there are YouTube videos on how to do it. Very simple materials and sewing — even I can manage this:
- Elastic, for the ear-bands.
- Lightweight fusible interfacing. (I’ve seen patterns without the interfacing, but I think it probably helps with virus filtering, so I’m going to try to get some today).
And yes, in spite of what they said in “Men’s Health” magazine two weeks (that is, a lifetime) ago, apparently they’re “better than nothing” in a clinical setting, that is, one where social distancing isn’t an option. (I might make a few for my cop-daughter and her buddies, too, since they’re low, and one or two for me in case I get called out for something and need to protect my peeps from … me).
Apparently, the best fabric to make them out of is either t-shirt fabric or ordinary cotton-shirt fabric. I couldn’t find further details, but I’m going with ordinary cotton, of the dishtowel weight. (Link here.)Published in