By LILIAN MOHR
Amidst a global pandemic almost every aspect of daily life has been impacted in some way. Schools are digital, stores are closed, and friends have to stay six feet apart from each other.
Meanwhile healthcare workers put their life on the line every day to help those in need, but the best way for everyone else to help is to just follow CDC guidelines of social distancing and staying inside.
Jack Tetrault, a senior at Redlands East Valley, says “It feels really weird now that I went from being crazy busy and doing something all the time either with school, sports, or ASB, to now just sitting at home. I catch myself feeling like I should be out doing something or like I am forgetting something but actually there is nothing really going on.”
For many, this new way of life has led to boredom or a sense of helplessness as a lot of events have been cancelled or postponed leaving people with pretty clear schedules for the next few months.
There is an easy way though for almost anyone to get involved in helping the community while in quarantine, even from their living room couches. Making homemade masks can bring a neighbor, loved one, or healthcare worker the personal protective equipment that is essential during these scary times.
Skylar Watson, a senior at Redlands East Valley, says “My grandmother made masks for our family and I actually was inspired to learn how to make them too. It gave me something to do in quarantine and I felt like it was a great way to help in any way I could.”
Follow the steps below to make your own homemade masks:
Sewing machine and/or thread and sewing needle
Any fabric without large gaps or holes in the material
Paper and pencil
Ruler or measuring tape
Step 1: Pick out a fabric and gather materials.
Step 2: Make a stencil to trace the size of mask desired, mark around the stencil, and cut out the mask. Repeat this step twice to get two identical cut-outs of the mask.
Step 3: Lay the pieces of mask on top of each other with the back sides facing out, meaning the side of the fabric that will show show in the end is what is turned inward.
Step 4: Then sew the vertical short sides together on each side.
Step 5: Now take the two ends that have been sewed together and bend the fabric so they are now in the middle of the mask. Now what was the narrow parts of the material that were in the middle of the mask is now on the side.
Step 6: Sew the top and the bottom, long sides of the mask together but leave about a one inch gap at the end of the top.
Step 7: Now begin to gently pull the inner fabric through the hole that was left until the mask has inverted itself and the front side of the fabric is showing.
Step 8: Now sew the top and bottom, long sides of the mask again but this is now going to create a hem.
Step 9: On both short sides of the mask, fold in about a half an inch of fabric or enough to were a pocket is made that a piece of string could be inserted through. Now use pins to secure this fold and sew along the end of the fold.
Step 10: Now cut two, nine inch pieces of any type of flexible or stretchy string.
Step 11: Thread the pieces of string through the folds on each side and secure them with a knot.
Step 12: Now either use the masks when in public, give them to friends and family, or donate them to healthcare workers to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.