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Coronavirus: How to make a DIY face covering

PUBLIC INFORMATION PAGES FROM CAMDEN COUNCIL

25 June, 2020 — By Camden Council

PUBLIC INFORMATION PAGES FROM CAMDEN COUNCIL

With many non-essential shops reopening and face coverings now required on public transport, here is a simple way to make your own at home if you don’t yet have one.

You will need:

• two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric – this could be from some old clothing you’ve found during lockdown

• two 20cm pieces of elastic – or string or cloth strips

• needle and thread

• scissors

Step 1:

Stack the two squares of fabric on top of each other.

Step 2:

Fold over each side of the fabric by just less than a centimetre and stitch together. Fold over the remaining two sides and stitch them about 1.5cm. This will leave you with channels to run the string through.

Step 3:

Run the elastic (or string or cloth strip) through the wider hem on each side. These will be the ear loops. Tie the ends tightly.

Step 4:

Gently pull on the elastic so the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the covering on the elastic and adjust so the covering fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
For the latest guidance, visit gov.uk/coronavirus For NHS advice, visit nhs.uk/coronavirus

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