The demand for face masks for medical workers is huge. Hospitals and governments are outbidding each other on a global scale. So what about healthy designers who want to leave their house for a walk, shopping, or who want go for a run? They improvise something themselves. Around the world people are showing their home made facial protection online.

 

WARNING: these masks are not proven protection against infection

 

Femke van Gemert, waste textiles artist, did some research and tried her hand at one of the many (many many) DIY-videos on youtube. She used simple materials found around her house.

Although these masks are definitely are not safe around COVID-19 patients and they offer some protection. According to doctor K. Wong from Hong Kong it is important is that the mask is made from two  layers of cloth with some sort of filter in between. For this replaceable filter normal kitchen cleaning paper can be used. The top layer should be made from non woven synthetic material (like some laundry bags from hotels, give away shopping bags etc). The other layer can be made from an old pillow cover, a handkerchief or an old cotton shawl. As long as you able to breath through it.

Check out Femke’s attempt:

 


On Youtube many videos explain how to make face masks yourself.

Here’s a selection:

 

HK MASK 戴法 by K. Kwong

How to Make Face Mask(Visual Language)#DIY Mask by Kru Aree Official

DIY Covid-19 Fabric Mask (with Filter Pocket) Sewing Tutorial by Maker’s Habitat KL

How to SEW a Medical FACE MASK // TUTORIAL by Erica Arndt

SURGICAL STYLE 3 PLEATS FACE MASK, 3 LAYERS PATTERN by Shanniemakes

DIY Surgical/Face Mask with Filter (#1) | 3 ply mask (washable) by Health and Lifestyle

How to sew Face Mask with Filter Fabric + easy Pattern by SaltyDIY

DIY FACE MASK WITH SLOT FOR FILTER by Ae PooiM

 


WEARING THE FACE MASk the right way

A doctor explains

 

To conclude: here’s a doctor from China explaining how you should wear the face mask.

Doctor explains the proper way to wash your hands and put on a face mask – South China Morning Post

 


FACE MASKING

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We can imagine you feel the urgent need to DIY right now. So get up and dust of the sowing machine and start Face Masking today. Be sure to document your efforts and share them via social media using the hashtag #whatdesigncando. Or send them to us via comms@whatdesigncando.com. We will be coming back to DIY initiatives in the coming weeks more often.