If you are inspired to start sewing masks for hospitals in your area that are accepting homemade ones (CHECK FIRST at http://createtodonate.org/where-can-i-donate-face-masks/), this is a third option. That said, the two Phoenix-area hospitals listed accept only the rectangular sort. Also, some hospitals specify rectangular with a pocket into which they can insert a small filter. This rounded option is seen a lot online, and if it is the only kind your family member will wear, go for it. Remember, it is to protect others from YOU and can also help with the "don't touch your face" issue. (Pipe cleaner nose bridge optional.) I made this as an homage to Mammy helping Scarlett through a crisis in her day - cut up the old curtains! Added plus: because I had lined the curtains so long ago, I already had the two layers: white on the inside, floral on the outside. Being able to tell back from front is important to wearing masks correctly so some instructions call for contrasting material. One source for this pattern as a downloadable paper PDF is www.sweetredpoppy.com/how-to-sew-a-fitted-fabric-mask but a good video of how to make it can be found here on YouTube. (The demonstrator is not named so I can't give her credit, sorry.) This video is even good with the sound turned off. Key points in favor of this mask: 1. It uses the least amount of fabric 2.) The video shows a quick elastic earlobe technique that lets you readjust for the wearer. 3) It took just 45 minutes to make. (April 20th note: I made another one a few days ago and it took about 30 minutes.)
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