The best laid plans aren’t always an option.

Several weeks ago, I was going through our emergency supplies, removing the food that was WAY past it’s prime and making a list of things we could use. We live in an area of the United States that can see seasonal tornadoes, flooding, and a decent chance for a potentially devastating earthquake. I wasn’t even thinking “virus” at this point.

But here we are. Weeks ago I noticed there were no surgical face masks available (we have the hard, dust masks in our supplies for clean-up after destruction and I thought with the flu going around, surgical masks might be a good idea for the sick) – that was before I was aware of the recent run.

So, my thoughts went towards making our own. Let me say here, that making your own is not a replacement for the proper CDC recommended masks. But if you are like me, you might be thinking through this whole scenario of a family member being quarantined to a single room for a long period of time which leaves the well left to provide food, wash clothing, towels – all the things.

Trying on the first run of a home-stitched mask.

I was able to secure some disposable gloves to help with that scenario, but I know if I was the person under quarantine, I’d want to be able to take a walk outdoors. They say a face mask is required for the ill to even make a b-line to the outdoors, to minimize chance of spreading the virus via a cough or sneeze. (We live in the country, so going outdoors wouldn’t expose anyone.) Since we have no masks available here, my only shot at the outdoors could be a washable (bleach-able) version I make myself.

So, I’ve looked into several designs, those with pockets for inserting a HEPA filters, cute ones, simple ones, free ones, patterns to purchase – there are lots of designs out there. If you are interested, click on a link below.

craftpassion.com

mommacandoit.com

fabriccartdiy.com

lisascarolina.com

Above all, I hope to encourage you to remember to play it safe – for you and for those around you. Remember, you could be a carrier with no symptoms. “Flattening the curve” is the key.

Bee well, everyone!