How to make your own face mask without a sewing machine

The Coronavirus pandemic has created a global mass shortage of face masks, with people now turning to make their own.

While many craft bloggers and home-sewers are releasing tutorials on how to make them, most require a sewing machine.

The average household probably doesn’t have a sewing machine, so we’ve found some of the no-sew tutorials that only require some household items - like rubber bands, old t-shirts and filters - that you can pull together by hand.

One blogger who runs the page Belinda’s DIY, says she decided to create the no-sew mask because she couldn’t find a mask anywhere.

Other bloggers have created masks using a folded scarf, a filter or T-shirt fabric.

While DIY masks aren’t hospital grade, they do stop you from touching your face – another important way to fight the disease.

Until recently the WHO suggested that wearing a face mask was only necessary if you are unwell.

However, as the pandemic continues to spread around the world, health professionals are calling for people to wear masks when they leave their house.

“For individuals working in certain essential industries, where they still have to go out every day, I think wearing a mask makes sense,” Neil Fishman, the chief medical officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times.

The centre of disease control in America is also considering the recommendation that people wear masks when they leave their homes.

The message from Australian health authorities is to ensure you wash your hands regularly and practice social distancing. 

Here are some more ways to make yourself a no-sew mask.

No-sew filter face mask:

No-sew scarf facemask:

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