A Hanky Face Mask! At first when I published this post, the jury was still out as to whether or not home-made masks are good to wear as protection in the world-wide pandemic. I decided to go ahead and make some to be on the safe side. The ardent recycler in me could not let this opportunity go by without re-using something lovely! Consequently my stash of beautiful hankies came to mind! Many of them were gifted to me by friends who know how I love to re-create! I felt that the fine closely woven cotton fabric would be work well. Added to this, is the fact that they are very washable and iron-able!
DIY – How You Can Create Your Own Hanky Face Mask
I’ve captured a video of how I made the masks. Please bear in mind that I dont pretend to be an expert. Hopefully this will provide some inspiration for your own project. NOTE – You may like to add an extra layer of filtering fabric right in the beginning of process, for added protection. Or wear this in combination with a disposable mask.
Some Useful Guidelines on these Sites
– The World Health recommendations for Mask Wearing
– South African Government Information on Covid-19
– Masks – The South African National Department of Health
– Improve How Your Mask Protects you
Freshly Found has an overriding ethos of recycling. You may want to have a look at other moments where we gave some pretty vintage linens a fresh new life. We’ve created Bunting from linen napkins (serviettes), Pillow Covers from vintage embroidered table cloths and Brooches from damaged vintage linen pieces.
NOTE – First prize is always to try not to damage the original piece. The good news is that the hankies in this project are not cut, so could theoretically be unpicked and restored again to their original form.
Update – Printed Masks – A printing commission. Adding a stencilled logo to ready made fabric masks for a local business.
Stay safe. Keep well.