The Best Material for Homemade Masks

Date Published: November 9, 2020

Since the rise of the coronavirus, masks have become a staple fashion piece in the clothing industry. So much so that they are often overpriced. 

Luckily, with the right tips and tricks, you can start making your own. What better place to start than deciding which material would work best for a coronavirus mask. It is time to try the combination of cotton and chiffon

Here is everything you need to know.

The Material

The material we use to make masks all breaks down to how effective it can be against the coronavirus. The key to a good mask is its ability to filter droplets and aerosols. 

Research has shown that whilst many of us wear reusable masks religiously, the cotton may be ineffective when it comes to preventing transmission. 

Materials brought into question were: 

  • Cotton
  • Chiffon 
  • Flannel 
  • Silk
  • Spandex 
  • Satin 
  • Polyester 

Having tested an array of different materials, researchers soon decided on the most effective materials for face masks. The best material was then a mix of tightly woven cotton, 600 threads per inch to be exact, combined with 2 sheets of chiffon. 

This combination of material has now been proven to be 80-99% effective against the droplets and aerosols in the air and thus, the coronavirus particles. 

Having used a strong material like cotton, doubled with silk (which holds a static charge) provides the individual with a mechanical electrostatic double barrier. This is then wat more effective than an ordinary reusable mask.

The Fit

Even if the mask is made from the right materials if the fit is wrong the entire use of the mask is pointless. When making your face masks, you must ensure that they fit-well over the face and do not allow for open spaces where particles may enter. 

Researchers have calculated that if a mask has open areas that are not snug-fitting, their effective ability is reduced by 50%.

The Pattern

The fit and the material then all come down to the pattern. Here are a few patterns to help you get started on your mask-making journey. 

Try out a few styles and see which work best for you! Remember to keep the fit snug to ensure that you get the most protection possible. 

If you are still learning to sew and need a bit of extra help, why not join one of our courses and brush up on your skills. Whether you are a newbie or a skilled practitioner, there is something for everybody.

Author: Andrea Frisby

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