Making your face mask

To sew and construct your face masks, follow the video tutorial (below) or consult the printed illustrated instructions that came included with your kit. Instructions are also available to download.

Kit materials
(contains small parts not suitable for children under 8 years of age) 
• Pre-cut fabric for 4 masks (9" x 17")
• Soft elastic (2 yards)
• Sewing needle with large eye for easy threading
•Dark sewing thread
• Fabric pins (4)
•Pipe cleaners (4) for bendable metal nose stays
• Step-by-step illustrated printed instructions
• Downloadable template for fitting optional layers of protection

Please refer to the Mask Sizing document before making your kit.
How to use and care for your completed face mask 

You may use this face mask when face masks approved for medical purposes are unavailable. 

• Before putting on a face mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 

• Covering mouth and nose with face mask, loop elastic bands behind each ear. 

• Squeeze the metal nose stay over the bridge of your nose to seal the face mask at the top. It is important to ensure that there are no gaps between your face and the face mask. 

• Avoid touching the mask while using it. If you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 

• Try to avoid touching the outside to adjust it, or occasionally removing it to wipe your mouth. The outside of the face mask holds possible contaminants. To remove the face mask: grasp it from the elastic bands behind the ears. (do not touch the front of face mask) 

• When the mask becomes damp, soiled or contaminated, machine wash or hand wash, hot water and soap. Line dry or tumble dry.

Proper use of this product

This product is intended to be used for the prevention of disease by limiting transmission, however, it is not an FDA-cleared medical device and is being manufactured pursuant to the FDA Guidance Document on PPE April 2020 – Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency. Materials are not flame resistant. 

As per the CDC do not adjust to fit children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
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