Seamstresses, as well as novices with sewing machines that haven’t sewn in years, have risen to the call as Etsy the online seller of homemade goods, is encouraging its network of sellers to make face masks. The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated set of guidelines on wearing face coverings in public, including as the US struggles to fill a -driven demand for more personal protective equipment. Etsy said that “face mask” was the most frequently searched term on Etsy over the past two weeks, and that hundreds of thousands of face masks have been sold through the site each day. You can check out the face masks, technically face coverings, available on Etsy by clicking here.
If you love alpacas and llamas, like I do, you might enjoy checking out the alpaca and llama collection of face masks available to purchase below!
There’s no strong evidence that homemade masks and face coverings can keep you from
Wearing a homemade face mask may block large particles ejected from sneezing and coughing. They might help protect others from your sneezes and coughs if you acquired the virus but are otherwise asymptomatic and in public. Face masks could encourage more mindful behavior, including avoiding touching one’s mouth, nose and eyes. Last but not least, wearing a handmade face mask can give peace of mind.
Homemade face masks should be used in combination with appropriateis still the most advocated medical advice for healthy people to avoid acquiring the virus.
For other Alpaca and Llama Face Mask designs, click here.
Homemade face masks are not medical-grade and are not in any way a substitute for N95 or surgical masks, but they do serve a purpose.
To start a DIY face mask, you’ll want these supplies on hand:
A sewing kit or sewing machine
A nonporous yet breathable material to go between the fabric (this may be detailed in a pattern)
Some designs call for filter material, which is added in an effort to block smaller particles.
According to Etsy, “Tens of thousands of sellers have already augmented their product offerings to include fabric face masks, demand will very likely outpace our sellers’ existing supply. That’s why we are continuing to let sellers know that those with the skill and materials may want to consider creating and selling face masks on Etsy.”
I do a small amount of affiliate marketing so if you purchase one of the items in this pos, I do receive a small percentage of the sale, and I thank you, especially during these difficult times!