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COVID-19 Resources: Masks

Guide focusing on resources to gain additional information regarding COVID-19.

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Dean Carol Hixson 
(Cute Cherry Mask)-Designs by:Vicky Thur

Pink & Polka Dots 

Whether at work or play, Before completing your task, always be sure to put on your mask!!

Linda created a DIY homemade mask, representing FAU colors!

#FAUSpirit & Two Homemade Masks


Giavana's Brother Jason in the Marines wearing a mask! #Staysafe

Polka dots mask design!

Color Coordinating By Linda

Gaby and Giavana Practicing safety!


WOW! Check out this Fashionable Face Mask-BY Linda


Gaby's cute mask #Woof

Face Masks

According to the CDC, Cloth face coverings should—
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC Mask Designs

Running out of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks is a major issue internationally in the health community.

We have compiled some best practices from the CDC related to infection control, and the creation, design, and use of DIY homemade face protection.

Not to worry! You can make one right at home.

Many mask designs are available.

This mask does not require any sewing and is a single layer of t-shirt material.


  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

See Directions at:

The directions on this mask include a 1/4" narrow hem on the top and bottom. If measured precisely, the mask has a finished size of 5.5" x 9". If hems are bigger then these measurements, your mask will be smaller.


  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

See Directions at:

This mask, when folded as directed results in a barrier of 6 layers of cotton plus the filter.


  • Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
  • Coffee filter
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)

See Directions at:

Giavana's Fun, Fast & Easy DIY Face Mask

Fun, Fast, Easy

All you need is: 1. Bandana (Cloth)  2. Two (2) Elastics.

No-Sew Bandana Face Mask By: Giavana

Many of you may be asking some important questions, These answers may ease some concerns you may have.

Does CDC recommend  the use of facemask or face coverings to prevent Covid-19?

In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important in the event that someone is infected but does not have symptoms. A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people must go into public settings (grocery stores, for example). Medical masks and N-95 respirators are reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

What If I can't find a surgical or N-95 Mask?

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Linda's homemade mask tutorial

Fabric Face Mask With Ties

Dana States in this video tutorial, 

"This is not a replacement for PPE.

The best thing we can do right now to lessen the curve and strain on our health care system is to Stay Home.

Check out the video to learn how-to and design one yourself!"

Downloadable Face Mask Pattern, With Filter Pocket From Her Website

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Share Your Creativity With Us!

Has this Mask Guide made you feel inspired?

Artistic and skillful enough to design your own?

If so, Then try it out!

If you love your results and want to share we would love to see your inventive side!

And showcase your talent in an album here!

You can email, post, or even tag your photo in the link below!

Let's get Creative together.


Look At These Creations

Lauri showing off her cute cat bowtie mask!

Gaby's Floral Mask Design!

Pink Coordination!

Raven our student worker shows off her Mask!

Lea-Ann student worker rocking her mask!

Pinterest Face Mask Ideas, Inspiration, and Tutorials on How To's.

Need more inspiration for Masks?

Pinterest is probably one of the largest aggregates of DIY and crafting that’s out there. You can find all types of projects, from simple to elaborate, and everything in between. 

Check out some tutorials that people are making for easy DIY mask making at home!

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Masks with Exhalation Valves or Vents

The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Visit The CDC for more information.