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STYLE: How To Make Simple Ankara Face Masks Without Sewing Machine

Hi Sweethearts! How are you doing this Sunday? With highly contagious COVID19 rapidly spreading throughout the world, many people are shopping for surgical masks to protect against this dangerous disease. 

I had a cause to go out to get groceries and didn't like the face mask Kachi bought for me to use for protection. Days later, I playfully crafted with Ankara and it turned out to be just great! I would be making more. Excited much!

Quick Ankara Face Mask

How To Make Ankara face mask

If you have been a keen follower of my blog (or any of my social media), then you already know that I love love love Ankara. The African print fabric (mostly known as Ankara) can reflect your stylish personality while helping you stay safe on the streets.

First, I trust you are aware that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Wearing home-made face masks is a voluntary public health measure in this epidemic.

Having said that, I can now go ahead to show you how I made my Ankara face mask in twenty minutes.

What You Need
  • Ankara fabric
  • Plate
  • Elastic
  • Needle
  • Chalk (or pen)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pressing Iron

Let's do this. 

Step 1: Get all the materials you need for this project in one place

Step 2: Trace down the shape of the plate on the fabric with a pen or a piece of chalk. (Draw an accurate circle)

Ankara face mask

Step 3: Carefully cut out the circle with a pair of scissors

You should have something like this

Step 4: Iron the cut-out to straighten and smoothen it out

Diy face mask

Step 5: Fold the cut-out into two. (You will get half of a circle)

Step 6: Fold the folded cut-out into two. (You'll get a quarter of a circle)

Don't forget to iron it

Step 7: Use your scissors to split the folded angles

Step 8: Using needle and thread, sew both sides of two quarters together, leaving about an inch for your elastic

I am so sorry. At this point, I didn't remember to take pictures. Please bear with me. I would possibly be making another one for Kachi. Maybe then, I'd take better pictures (and even make videos) to record every step. 

Steps 9-11: Open it up. Using the needle and thread, sew up the elastic bands on both sides (oops! No picture for this step)



Ensure Masks Made With Ankara:
  1. fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  2. are secured with ties or bands
  3. allow for breathing without restriction
  4. can be washed without damage or change to shape

Amakamedia wearing Ankara face mask

I had fun doing this.

Please note that masks made of Ankara fabric are only made to reduce the urge to touch your face and aid in protection from airborne dust and pollution. They do not prevent diseases.

Stay safe.
Stay positive.
Stay inspired.

See you in the next post. ☺

Posted by Nwamaka Onyekachi
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