Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport and will be in shops from 24th July 2020. Also advised in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. In order to not put pressure on the demand for surgical masks, here are several methods for making your own mask at home as well as links to local makers you could buy from.
The government website states that ‘Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.’ Find information about face coverings on public transport here.
Using Face Coverings
How to use them correctly:
Is it important that the covering covers your mouth and nose whilst still allowing you to breathe comfortably.
Never touch the front of the face mask or the part the touches your nose and mouth.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your mask on and taking it off.
Store your face mask in a sealable plastic bag until it can be washed.
There are various methods for making your own face coverings at home whether you want to sew or not.
Method 1: Using a t-shirt
You will need:
An old t-shirt (ideally small)
Step 1: Cut across the t-shirt in a straight line approx. 20cm from the bottom
Step 2: From a point 2cm below the top right-hand corner of the fabric, make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric that is parallel to the top of the rectangle.
Step 3: Cut down towards the bottom of the fabric until you reach approximately 2cm above the bottom edge. From here, make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom of the fabric to make a rectangle that can be discarded.
Step 4: To make the ties, cut open the edge of the 2 long strips of fabric. Unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and the nose. The 4 strips act as ties to hold the cloth face covering in place and should be tied behind the head and around the neck.
two 20cm pieces of elastic (or string or cloth strips)
needle and thread OR sewing machine
Step 1: Cut out two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric. Stack the 2 squares on top of each other.
Step 2: Fold over one side by 0.75cm and hem, then repeat on the opposite side. Make 2 channels by folding the double layer of fabric over 1.5cm along each side and stitching this down.
Step 3: Run a 20cm length of elastic (or string or cloth strip) through the wider hem on each side of the face covering. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle to thread it through. Tie the ends tightly.
If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the covering behind your head.
Step 4: Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the covering on the elastic and adjust so the covering fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping. These elastic loops fit over the ears.
*This information is a guide to making a simple face covering. We do not endorse any particular method and other instructions are widely available online. Always take care to use equipment safely to avoid injury. Children should only follow these instructions under the supervision of adults.
Buying Face Coverings
If these methods aren’t for you, there are lots of local crafters making and selling face coverings.
Sewphies Reuse Remake Recycle
Usually a costume maker, Sophie creates face coverings from a large selection of fabrics so you can feel confident and show your personality while wearing your mask. Matching items such as scrunchies and co ord sets are also available. You can buy these items through Facebook, Instagram or Etsy.
Billie and Ben
Billie and Ben is a local business normally making children’s and dolls clothing. Billie and Ben is built around the ethos of kids clothes shouldn’t be boring and that bright and bold fabrics make things more interesting. But being parents ourselves we know that quality, hardwearing and affordability are key! With the recent situation our sewing skills have been diverted from kids clothing to face masks for adults and children. And with our love of interesting prints, we have tried to tried to get bold and fun prints in 100% cotton material. But of course we do have some plain fabrics for those who like a more subtle design. All masks are £4 each or 3 for £10 for anyone who is local to York or you can find us on Facebook or on Etsy.
Just because…by Lexi
At Just because…by Lexi you can buy QUALITY reusable face masks available in a range of sizes. Choose from a VARIETY of colourful, pretty fabrics for men, women and children. Plain masks are also available in every colour. Kit out your whole family in one go! Choice of elastic for behind the ears or round the head and nose wire is optional (for 50p extra). Packaged individually with washing instructions. All sizes are £6 each. A stunning range of PREMIUM masks are also available in designer fabrics from the beautiful Tilda range. £9.50 each. Please quote YORKMUM for FREE delivery. Find them on Facebook.
My name is Christine and I’m a crafter. I’ve been making masks through lockdown as we’ve been in isolation since 16th March. All my material used is new and the masks are double cotton and washable. I can’t guarantee the same material/colour/pattern is available as I’m ordering material and making them every day. I’m not charging but would appreciate a donation towards the costs of materials. I’ve made over 1300 masks and donated to JRHT/JRF, Mencap, Disability groups and various care homes. I’m not wanting to make a profit just cover costs. Collection is New Earswick. Thank you and stay safe. DM on Facebook to order.
Hi, I’m Jo, I own and run Boo’s Bunny, a clothing business on the outskirts of York. I have had to adapt recently as many of us have and am making face coverings alongside my clothing. They are 3 layers of 100% cotton with a pocket for an additional filter if required (not included) and are £5 each plus £2 postage per order if required. I have over 50 fabrics to choose from and they come in 3 sizes; small medium and large. Find me on Facebook and Etsy.
Hi, at Jodie’s Crafts I am making the face coverings using 100% cotton fabric. The outer fabric is chose by the customer and is either 1 or 2 layers depending on the thickness of the cotton. They all have an inner layer pocket for a filter to be added by the customer if needed. With 4mm elastic ear loops they are easy to put on and take off. You can contact me through Facebook or Etsy.
Purple Dylan Creations
I am making cotton, washable face coverings and also have a Liberty fabric range. They come in 4 sizes from age 3 up. They have three separate layers of cotton and include a filter pocket, an aluminium nose strip for a snug fit and to prevent glasses steaming up and soft rounded ear elastic. Matching ear savers are also available. My cotton face coverings are £5 each or £9 with ear saver. Find these on Etsy or Facebook. My Liberty of London coverings are £10 each for children and £15 each for adults. Find these on Etsy to Facebook.
Tamar’s Toy Box
Jenny Lackcock, my mother, is making fabric masks to raise money for charity and I sell these for her. She raises money for a different charity every few weeks and we ask for a donation of £3. Half of this goes to charity and half into making more masks. Visit Tamar’s Toy Box to buy yours. Find me on Facebook.
Fancy Dance Shop
Selling soft, breathable and washable face coverings made by Bloch Dance Europe. Adult masks available in black or tan and children masks available in pink or navy. Buy in-store (35 Micklegate, York) or online. Perfect to wear as dancers return to the studios and for any other daily tasks or exercise!
Whether you prefer to support local sellers or get crafty and make your own, we hope you can find a face covering that works for you. Please remember to follow Government advice for staying safe outside your home at all times.