Tuesday, March 24, 2020

origami-ish mask

Since we were going to Kyoto, I wanted to wear a mask on the Shinkansen and anytime we were outside.

I saw this hack online and had to try.

Get a piece of fabric, preferably lightweight cotton that is 20 inches (50 centimeters) by 20 inches (50 centimeters).

I used one that was 12 inches (30 centimeters) by 20 inches (50 centimeters).

Fold the fabric into half and then fold it in half again.

I folded mine into thirds.

This is the mask.

With measurable hair ties, measure two pieces that are 10 inches (25 centimeters) each and tie each piece.

This will be the ear straps of the mask.

Place the mask through the ear straps with the knots facing up.

Holding one ear strap, gently bring that end of the mask into the center.

The knot will be covered up with the fold of the mask.

Do the same for the other side.

Tuck the overlap of fabric into the other end of the mask.

*You can adjust the mask to fit the width of your face.

If you wear glasses, wear the mask first and then put your glasses on.

Try to get the top part of the mask to fit right under your glasses, it will hold the mask in place and prevent it from fogging up.

To tell you the truth, I hate wearing masks because it is too hot and I feel like I am breathing recycled air..blah.

I love this hack because there is no sewing involved, you can wash the mask after you use it and the fabric can be used for something else.

While we were in Kyoto, I brought 3 different fabrics with me so that I could change my mask everyday.

After this is all over, I plan to keep this in my disaster bag for earthquakes.

I hope it won't be too hard to follow my directions, and if you do try this, let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this mask how-to! I can’t tell you how relieved I am to find an easy-ish, no sew mask to cover my face. Please take care of yourself and remain healthy. Signed, a long time fan 🙂

Anonymous said...

This is great! All the other DIY masks involved sewing and I don't have a sewing machine.
I was thinking of just tying a tenugui around my face if it came to that but this is waaaay better!

jalna said...

Thank you!!

KirkK said...

Excellent job Kat!

K and S said...

Thank you Anon!

Thank you V!

Hope it works for you Jalna!

Thank you Kirk :)

Take care everyone.

Rowena said...

what a fabulous job, well done!

K and S said...

Thank you Rowena :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

with everyone posting how to sew your own basks, I still like yours the best since no sew! I bought the largest/thickest no pinch hair bands and use those instead since I couldn't find the measurable elastic.I had a bunch of Japanese handkerchiefs, about 17" square and just folding them into 3rds and looping them into the hair elastic works really well.
Still feel little self conscious using them since seems like majority of the people here don't use any face masks at all.
thanks again!

K and S said...

I still hate wearing them V...hoping this all is over before the humid months hit.

Take care.