Introduction: Easy Plague Mask
This is a short and simple tutorial on how to make an easy sick mask from home in order to combat any current or future events that would merit their use.
Some supplies you will need include: Large piece of cloth with over 75% cotton (An old shirt works perfectly), a stapler, a pair of scissors, two zip-ties, and a string-like fastener of your choice; for example: String, twine, rubber bands, para-cord.
Step 1: Finding Your Cloth
By following the photo's instructions, you will find yourself in possession of two equally sized pieces of cotton fabric, each 10 inches long by 6 inches wide. Ensure that they are stacked on top of one another by the end of this step, and that they are aligned on all edges. This will make the next step much smoother.
Step 2: Fastening Your Fabric
Fold the two pieces of fabric together at 1/2" from the long edge. This is the red line in the image. Then, with the edges folded over, fasten them by either sewing or, and I recommend this way, stapling them together. This is the blue line in the image. Note that when the fabric is folded, there should be four layers of fabric beneath the blue line for you to secure together. This step should completely secure the long edges of the two pieces of fabric, as well as hide any unsightly edges.
This is where it is important to keep track of length. Alone the short edge of the two (now fastened) pieces of fabric, fold the edge into the fabric by 3/4". This fold should be in the same direction as the one that you used to fasten the cloth, this will serve to hide the unsightly edges and create a place to run string. The fold can be approximately represented by the red line. Then find the edge of the fabric that you folded (the edge that is now closer to the center) and staple as close to that as you can, it should be just under 3/4" from the fold line. This can be approximately shown by the blue line. The inside of an example mask is shown. Note that it is not perfect, and it doesn't have to be! This is a very forgiving mask.
Step 4: Stringing It Up!
Along the short edges, there should be a gap between the edge and the staples/stitching that you did. This gap is where you'll want to run one long continuous piece of string, twin, or para-cord. It will end up being around 36", but you should start out longer and just cut off what you do not need. Taking the two ends of the string, you want to run it from top to bottom along the side gaps that you created. Make sure to let the ends go all the way through the gaps while leaving slack at the top to fasten to yourself.
Step 5: Fitting and Adjusting!
We're in the home stretch now. With the string poking out the bottom, take the loop of string at the top and place it over your head. You want the back to reach the back of your head, but make sure that the two ends stay above your ears, like in the photo. From here, adjust the mask until the top edge reaches the bridge of your nose, like in the introductory photo of the finished product. Then, you want to take two zip-ties, and tightly secure the top two corners of the mask, these are the yellow lines. Make sure to get both the string and and the fabric inside the ties. This will secure the head measurement. Clip off the extra ends of the zip-ties, as you no longer need them. Then, with the top string still around you head and above your ears, take the ends of the string (hanging out the bottom of the mask) and tug them behind your neck. I used a clip to fasten the ends in the photo, but simply tying them together works fantastically. That's it! You have no completed your custom plague mask. Make sure to disinfect it or wash it between uses so that you don't accidentally spread more germs than you can contain!