How To Make A Mask During This Time Of Need
Written by Kumiko Toya
Amid the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on our day-to-day lives, face masks are undoubtedly this year’s most coveted new item for most people around the world.
While in Japan, face masks have been considered an essential armor against disease for decades. They are simple and familiar to us, but I realized that for those who were new to wearing a mask, handcrafting one sounds more complicated than it actually is. Hoping that we could help society in some way, we decided to publish blog posts on how to make simple masks and on how to wear them comfortably.
How To Make A No-Sew Mask
It was about a week later that a news director for abc7 contacted our company seeking permission to run our no-sew face mask tutorial on their news site. While I was composing a reply, another email popped up from a New York Post editor asking the same question.
In four weeks, the tutorial and video received 5 million hits and were in the news across the country including NBC, Time, Los Angeles Times, and Yahoo, also attracted attention as far as in Malaysia, Australia, Nigeria, France, and Greece!
abc7 has published our tutorial many times
Voilà! The post has been published outside the U.S., too!
How to Sew A Mask
If you know how to sew, check out these two blog posts.
This is the easiest, basic type of fabric mask even sewing beginners can follow without any difficulties. The tutorial has been visited over 360,000 people after we published it in March!
Originally, the mask had only one size (medium), but an IT-savvy reader donated two more patterns and we now have three options! (Large, Medium, & Small) This mask can be completed in 30 minutes with or without a sewing machine.
A mask with unique 3D structure. It is perfect for summer heat! Using origami fold, this mask is completed with several fold, iron, sew, and repeat processes.
Tips on Wearing A Mask Comfortably
You would be able to wear a mask more comfortably if you knew these basic tips.
This post also gained international popularity! News articles featuring our tutorial by Arabic and French media.
Fun Mask Ideas
Because humor could not be absent from under any circumstances...
If you enjoyed making this very useful item and want to continue creating arts and crafts from Japanese culture, see our Chigiri-e, Etegami, & Chirimen pages. We offer products and learning materials to make these wonderful Japanese items!