When quarantine first hit, the government requested that everyone wear a mask when going out, and masks quickly filled and flew off the shelves simultaneously. However, factory masks can be smelly, restricting, and quite uncomfortable. To fix that, a lot of people took to making masks using materials at home.
Using materials at home, many people have made many different homemade masks, ranging from masks with colorful and cute designs to masks with filters in them to bring cool air into the mask and prevent foggy glasses and sweaty faces. DIY mask videos have begun to pop up, some even teaching you how to make a mask with no sewing machine required.
Not only is making handmade masks a great skill and a good gift for family and friends, but it’s also a great way to get into sewing, a very valuable skill. While it’s not surprising that more sewing machines were bought during the pandemic, interesting facts such as more men buying sewing machines have arisen, breaking the norm of only women learning how to sew.
With the help of a family member, friend, or even online videos, it shouldn’t be too hard to make a handmade mask, sewing machine or not. However, it’s not too late to buy a sewing machine anyway.