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How To Make A DIY Mask Your Kids Will Love

The health specialists around the world have suggested special care for children. However, it is not easy to convince them to take the necessary precautions. Getting children to wear a mask around their face is one of the hardest tasks for any parent right now. Kids seem to be uninterested in anything that does not involve them mentally and physically. Every activity needs to be creative or fun to convince them to take part in it.  Similarly, face masks can be a tricky business, but by engaging them in the process and making masks that attract their attention, you can successfully get them to wear it. 

No-Sew Face Masks To The Rescue

 As a ground rule, the more straightforward the procedure, the more you can involve kids in the process. Hence, keep the sewing and technicalities far away during this activity. Try to make the process easy to understand and make sure almost all steps of the operation can be carried out by them. The no-sew DIY mask will be the best option for children under eight years of age. They do not involve the risk of injury, and your child will not be intimidated by the technical equipment. 

Things You’ll Need

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  • Any stitched fabric of your choice (it is suggested to choose a stitched t-shirt because the hem is pre-made)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hair Elastic 

DIY No-Sew Mask Tutorial 

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Start by measuring the fabric. Cut a piece along the hem that is 6 inches long and 4 inches wide for a child’s mask. Make sure you cut both sides of the t-shirt to achieve two equally-cut layers. 

Now flip one of these pieces in such a way that both of their hemmings are on opposite sides. One should be on top and the other at the bottom. Poke two holes in the center of the top hemming. Poke two similar holes on the other layer as well. 

Additionally, place two more holes in each of the upper corners of the back layer. Now, thread a single pipe cleaner through the hole in the corner. Push it along the inside of the hem. 

Here comes the tricky part. When you reach the hole in the center of the hemming, take the pipe cleaner out, and push it into the openings of the back layer. Then push it back to the other side. 

Now continue to weave it until you reach the exit corner hole. Do the same at the bottom hem as well. Wrap the top and bottom pipe cleaners around elastic hair bands on each side of the mask. Place the mask on the child’s face and adjust it according to their individual fitting.

Get Your Kids Engaged In Making A DIY Mask

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There are several reasons as to why this is an excellent activity to keep your kids occupied. First of all, it is a productive, mind-stimulating activity which keeps them busy while they can learn a new skill. Plus, it is a good way for parents to keep their children entertained and away from dangerous or unhealthy activities. 

Another reason why no-sew DIY mask-making activity is a good idea is that it gives you, as a parent, an opportunity to educate your children about not only the current pandemic but also about the overall health safety precautions. You can teach them about the effectiveness and necessity of a face mask while guiding them on how to make one. Practical, engaging activities have always been found to be effective for children’s education and personality development.