Fabric Janice collected and bought May1

Fabric

Federal government guidelines for personal masks for COVID19 from Canada.ca suggest 2 layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen) and note that the material should be breathable. Keep in mind that, for a mask to be effective, it has to be worn. So, if it’s too warm (like synthetic fabrics) it’s more likely to be taken off.

  • For this project, we prefer to use 100% cotton fabric that can’t be seen through.
  • Silk, chiffon and linen also filter well (but are harder to work with).
  • Flannel works, but that starts to get into the too-warm-to-wear category.
  • Cotton-poly blends (like good quality sheets) also work well but may become warmer than 100% cotton. For this reason, we do not recommend their use.

WARNING: Please note that due to the presence of fiberglass, not all Hepa filters are safe for the use of masks. Best to simply not use them at all.

 

 

 

 

American Chemical Society

The best material for homemade face masks may be a combination of two fabrics – American Chemical Society

 

 

New York Times - What’s the Best Material for a Mask? - April 20, 2020

New York Times – What’s the Best Material for a Mask? – April 20, 2020

What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?

Fabric Janice collected and bought May1

Fabric Janice collected and bought May1