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Making a mask

06-01-2020

Today, we're jumping on the face mask-making bandwagon. Why? We have cool UnCruise logo buffs and we thought it would be interesting to use one to make a face mask. Additionally, in the history of bandwagons, in my humble opinion, this one is definitely worth the jump. 

How does one make a buff into a mask, though? I did some internet searches, and it turns out it's fairly straightforward.   

The best tutorial I could find was by a Canadian organization called Outdoor Vancouver. You basically fold the buff, stuff a tissue or coffee filter in it, and then.... voila. There you have it—when you're in a pinch, a buff that can be a mask.  

I'll show you… Here’s an UnCruise Buff

A buff covers your neck and face. This one has the UnCruise logo whale tail on it.
 
Step 1: Take your buff and fold it in half, the open side up.


 

Step 2: Take a coffee filter or whatever you have deemed sufficient as a filter. I have only the funnel-shaped coffee filters so I pulled it apart. It fits pretty nicely in the buff.


 
Step 3: Put it on! Here I am me wearing it. 


Don't mind the clutter in the background (I have two kids). 

Here's the online tutorial by Outdoor Vancouver. Just an FYI, UnCruise has no affiliation with this organization; prior to typing in "make mask into buff" I had no knowledge of Outdoor's existence. (I recommend skipping to 3:30 for the instructions, unless you want to hear about Outdoor Vancouver.) 

That was simple! 

I did some more online searching, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a wealth of information and recommendations regarding wearing, washing, and making your own face masks 

Here's the link straight to their online mask-making tutorial. They provide two examples; a mask made with a sewing machine and another very simple one made with a square of folded cotton cloth and rubber bands.  

I gave the folded cloth one a try with the buff.

Step 1: Lay out your buff


 
Step 2: Fold it into thirds and get some elastic bands or hair ties. I tried using hair bands and that didn’t work—too tight—and never rubber bands because have you ever used real rubber bands in your hair? OUCH! I found some elastic bands, cut them into 6-ish inch lengths, and tied them. Much more comfortable. 


 
Step 3: Place the elastic bands around the cloth and then tuck in the ends to each other, like this...


 
Step 4: Put it on!


 

Not bad! I think I like that version of the buff-turned mask best. 

I also like the cloth masks that look a little like N95. This was a good, seamingly (see what I did there?) simple hand-sewn tutorial. I haven't made it myself but I can imagine it's pretty quick: https://youtu.be/uRfhuRNua_E UnCruise has no affiliation with Crafty Daily. 

Have you made your own mask? 

On a more serious note, The CDC recommends people wear a mask in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Our hearts go out to those that are suffering as a result of COVID-19.

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