As we continue to monitor COVID-19 at J&D Ultracare, we will keep our doors closed to protect everyone from the spread of the virus. Currently, we plan on staying closed until April 29, but please note that this may change over time. We will update you on our website if anything changes, but for now, our staff will continue to work remotely until we re-open. Our main priority at J&D Ultracare is making sure everyone is safe and healthy!
A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the CDC’s new recommendation to wear cloth face masks in public. This is important to do because it prevents the virus from spreading to others. However, not everyone has access to a cloth mask or can buy one, so we wanted to show you how you could make your own at home!
Below are instructions from the CDC’s website on how to sew your own cloth face mask. If you cannot sew, there are also other ways to make a cloth mask, which you can find in the full CDC post here. They also have a bunch of helpful information about the coronavirus, so please visit their website to learn more!
- Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
- Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
- Sewing machine
1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
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