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Do-it-yourself fabric face mask

About a month ago health experts said face mask should be worn only when necessary (mag mask ka lang kung may ubo at sipon ka). But wearing face mask has now become necessary to be worn when going out because of the pandemic.

The lack of supply in the market has driven many to make their own face mask using different types of colorful fabric.

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I’ve discovered three ways to make face mask through this website.

Here are a few DIY mask tips from Today.com:

DIY face mask supplies

Depending on your method, you might need some or all of the following:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (if you have one)
  • Rubber band or elastics
  • Ruler

Fabric

  • The ideal fabric is tightly woven 100% cotton
  • Try to avoid anything with too much stretch
  • In a pinch, if you don’t have cotton, you can use pillowcases, tea towels, thick T-shirts or vacuum bags
  • Scarves and bandannas also work

How to make a mask with fabric without sewing:

Jenny Chang-Rodriguez / TODAY
  1. Use a square scarf or a cut a large square out of a T-shirt (at least 20 inches by 20 inches).
  2. Fold two sides of the square in to meet each other in the middle then fold this in half lengthwise. You should be left with a long rectangle with the edges sandwiched inside.
  3. Grab two hair ties (or rubber bands) and pull one around each end of the long rectangle, roughly breaking the rectangle into thirds. (It should almost look like a candy wrapper.)
  4. Fold each outside third of fabric into the center.
  5. Pull the mask on by fitting the hair elastic around ears and making sure the end tails of fabric are against your face so the mask stays put.

How to make a face mask with fabric using needle and thread:

Jenny Chang-Rodriguez / TODAY
  1. Cut two pieces of fabric that are equally sized (measure your face to see how wide/long you need them to be).
  2. Take the two layers of your 100% cotton fabric or substitute. If you’re working with patterns, face the two sides together (like you’re making a sandwich).
  3. Place the elastic or ties (*see instructions below) in between the layers and sew them into the corner. For elastics, sew one at each end so it creates a loop on each side. For ties, use one piece at each corner so there are four total.
  4. Make three staggered pleats lengthwise on the mask, as if folding a paper fan. Then sew all the way around. This will make a rectangular mask.

How to make a face mask with fabric using a sewing machine:

Jenny Chang-Rodriguez / TODAY
  1. Cut four pieces of fabric that are equally sized (measure your face to see how wide/long you need them to be).
  2. Pair up two of the four pieces together so they are symmetrical. Sew the center seams (curved part that covers your nose) together. Repeat with the remaining two pieces.
  3. Get your ties ready (*see instructions below). Take one tie from the 11-inch piece and one from the 9.5-inch piece. The longer piece will go on the top of the mask (where it would touch your nose) and the shorter will go on the bottom.
  4. Place the two sewn pieces of fabric on top of each other (like a sandwich) so they’re symmetrical. Place ties on the corners of one side of the mask. They should meet the edge of the mask and then go inside of the mask.
  5. On the edge of the mask, you should see the following: one layer of mask, the ribbon/tie and another layer of mask. Sew the edges so they are all sewn together.
  6. Next, repeat this step for the other side with your remaining ties, making sure to pair ties up so they’re the same length and are symmetrical on both sides. Sew around the mask but keep one side open so you can turn the mask inside out.
  7. Turn it inside out and sew the gap closed.

How to make elastics for your mask:

  1. To make your elastics, you can use ribbon or more of the fabric you’re using for the mask.
  2. You will roughly need one 11-inch and one 9.5-inch long strip of fabric, both of which are 1 inch in width.
  3. Cut the two strips in half and place them aside (follow sewing instructions for the mask above).

Images and steps in doing the face mask is not mine.

Fashion Tips for 40 Plus Women

One of the greatest mistakes that women make in their 40s is not rethinking their wardrobe. It is true that there are some women who are already 40 years old but do not look like a day over 30. This does not mean though that they should not dress their age. A woman who dresses her age will always look classy and elegant wherever she goes as long as she is also wearing something appropriate for the occasion she would be going to. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Rethink Your Wardrobe. Disregard items that you know you will not be able to wear anymore because they are already too short or too loud for your age.
  • Accept That Your Body Has Changed. Women who are in their 40s tend to be more curvy and would put on some weight in some places. Working out will keep your body toned but things that might have looked great on you 10 years ago might not look the same now. Accept that this happens once you age.
  • Avoid Skin Revealing Clothing. Revealing skin at this age is not appropriate anymore. Leave clothes like this to the younger generation.

Remember that acceptance is always the key to feel more confident.

Repost from my old blog.

Must Have Makeup Essentials for Busy Moms

Busy moms are usually portrayed on television as haggard women, who look like they can spend a few days of rest because they are so tired with the things that they do. However, things have changed tremendously over the past years. Moms now are still active but more aware of how they should look like. This is probably the reason why there are some makeup essentials that moms need to have in order to still look pretty and confident.

Lipstick or lip-gloss – A little pop of color on the lips won’t hurt.

Powder – For touching up the oily parts of the face.

Facial spray – To keep the skin looking refreshed and hydrated.

Eyelash curler – To immediately open up the eyes.

Blush – For that rosy glow.

Moms do not need to look wasted on television and even in real life. Moms should go out of their house with their fresh faces so that they feel more confident about themselves.

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