DIY FR Face Masks: Sew and No-Sew

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending Americans wear cloth masks in public. And, essential business employees should be wearing a mask while on the jobsite.

If you don’t have a FR mask or are waiting on delivery of a FR mask, we’ve provided instructions on how to construct your own FR sewn or no-sew face mask.

Why should you wear a face mask?

Wearing an arc rated flame resistant mask slows the spread of COVID-19 by eliminating a wearers ability to touch his or her mouth or nose and significantly reducing droplets or particulates exhaled or inhaled by the wearer, without posing a flammability hazard.

Option A: Sewing (basic sewing knowledge required)

Sewing a mask:

If you can sew or know someone who does, and you have a machine handy, we’ve provided a pattern for sewing your own single ply face mask from FR fabric. If you have an extra FR shirt available, you can repurpose it to create an FR mask. A woven (not knit) FR button up shirt works best.


For printable step-by-step instructions to sew your own FR face mask, download and print the sew template here or use the measurements to create your own pattern if you don’t have a printer handy.

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Scott Margolin, VP of Technical at Tyndale, explains how to sew your own FR face mask.

Watch the video by clicking on the preview to the left.


Option B: No-Sew face mask (no sewing machine or sewing knowledge needed)

How to make a no-sew mask:

Don’t know how to sew or don’t own a sewing machine? No problem, making a mask out of an FR shirt takes less than 5 minutes. As stated above, if you have an FR shirt available – Tyndale suggests using a woven (not knit) FR shirt. The best FR shirt to use as a mask would be a button up. Use the template provide – or, if you don’t have a printer handy, simply measure out and cut to the dimensions specified.


For printable step-by-step instructions for making your own no-sew mask at home, download and print the template here or use the measurements to create your own pattern if you don’t have a printer handy.

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Scott Margolin, VP of Technical at Tyndale, explains how to create your own FR face mask, with no sewing required.

Watch the video by clicking on the preview to the left.


Conclusion:

When sewing or making your own no-sew face mask, always confirm that the mask is made from fabric meeting your company’s protective requirements before using. Tyndale recommends creating the mask out of woven fabric over any other type. For example, most button-down FR shirts are made of woven fabric. Do not use elastic or other non-FR material for mask or straps as they will not provide the proper protection. Whether you have a FR mask or make one, review CDC safety guidelines and be sure to check out our blog on FR mask care and use here.

Tyndale is Proud to Protect you.


Information presented within this blog post should not be used as a substitute for reviewing OSHA regulations and recognized safety standards or be used to take the place of official employee safety training or hazard analysis. It is the customer's responsibility to determine that the flame resistant clothing selected is appropriate for the intended use and provides the protection level needed for the customer's employees to safely perform the job.

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