How to make a face mask

You can’t find toilet paper, hand sanitizer or face masks at the store. (By the way, I have a friend who tells me that you can buy denatured alcohol by the gallon at the paint department at Lowe’s) But I’ve solved the face mask problem. First I was going to use Frau Grace’s mother’s old Westinghouse Free sewing machine. It’s about 80 years old. But it’s kind of creaky:

I took one look at the plug:

I could either die by the virus or be electrocuted. I sewed my new mask by hand. I made a video about how to do it. Here’s Part 1.


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5 Responses to How to make a face mask

  1. Lisa B. says:

    I saw a military type on TV demonstrating how to make a face mask using a piece of cloth and two elastic bands. I tried it with a handkerchief and I was amazed to see that it works. The right size of elastic band is important, otherwise it pulls the ears forward.

  2. Dear Bo,

    I am just as impressed with your attempts to make a mask as I am with the wonderful original cartoon of yours that hangs in our living room, right next to Bibbie’s cat tree. As many times as I have looked at that cartoon, I still can’t stop laughing whenever I look again.

    My son and I are now making masks. We have one up at and are about to make another. The second is for a Zoom presentation I will be doing for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

    I thought you might like to know about the second video, which shows how to make a hand-sewn mask with a pocket for a filter. It’s VERY easy to do, much easier than the one up on UTube. Unfortunately there is no way to send it to you here. But if you send me your email address, I will gladly forward the illustrated instructions and pattern to you.

    • budgra5_wp says:

      Frau Grace has taken over the mask production. BTW, I was born in Chester. For those of you who don’t know, Chester is just south of Philly. You can find a link to my email address on the menu bar just below the swarm of piranhas. It’s also on my home page. I forget what cartoon you have on your wall. I’ll post the link to your video today.

  3. Laurel Hoffmann says:

    Thanks for posting about my video, Bo,

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