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UP lets you make your own face masks with new DIY tutorial

Masks are going to play a big role during the new normal. Here's how you can make your own using household items!

As part of its innovative solutions to fight the COVID-19 virus, the University of the Philippines (UP) released a tutorial on how to make your own face mask.

The UP College of Home Economics has made a tutorial on do-it-yourself (DIY) face masks using materials that could easily be found at home. The tutorials are for a 3-pleat cloth mask, hand-sewn cloth mask, no-sew cloth mask, disposable filter, and plastic face shield.

The tutorials are easy to follow and uses easy to find materials such as pillowcases, bedsheets, dress shirts, t-shirt, microfiber towels, kitchen towels, jerseys, tissues, sponge, and acetate. The basic thing that every DIY-er need for these tutorials is a sewing kit or a sewing machine. (Read: Deaf couple makes see-through face masks for the hard-of-hearing)

Image from Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design, UP Diliman

These DIY face masks can be used by the general public to help save more medical-grade masks for use of frontliners. It comes as there has been a short supply of face masks since the Taal volcano eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the “new normal” guidelines released by the national government, all citizens are required to wear face masks when going out in public to buy essential supplies or for work-related trips. (Read: Will table barriers be the ‘new normal’ in PH restaurants?)

For the step-by-step guide, here’s the English and Filipino version of the tutorials.

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