Anyone making face masks still?

@much2say (50617)
Los Angeles, California
May 30, 2021 3:39pm CST
There was a time at the beginning of this pandemic when we couldn't readily get face masks. We luckily had those medical ones from my husband's work, but we didn't have a huge supply of them. This is when I pulled out my old hand-sewing skills. I used the kids' old clothing and some sheets (all 100% cotton). I found patterns online to create double layered face masks. It took nearly 3 hours to needle and thread 1 face mask, but I did it . . . I sewed enough of them for the 4 of us and extras. By now, face masks can be bought anywhere. Since they are relatively inexpensive, there is no need to labor over making face masks anymore. Even though we will continue to wear them for a while still, I imagine in time there will be less of a need for them. Are you making or even buying any more face masks? I am cleaning up right now and am about to put away all the materials I had collected for this purpose. I think I am officially retired from this task .
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@crossbones27 (38323)
• Redlands, California
30 May
I have had mine for almost a year now I just wash it and what not it was pretty durable but I should get another one but they're saying in like 2 weeks or California is supposed to say masks not required. Its what I heard anyway for people who are fully vaccinated. I think never hurts to have them around because zombie apocalypse may come one day. I am not sure who is still making them but I would always check amazon because I bet someone is still making them there.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
30 May
But wouldnt zombies bite your mask off?
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
@crossbones27 I know . . . we open up fully in mid June - I am hanging back to see what really happens. No matter what they say, we are all still going to wear the masks - better safe than sorry. I can still sew them if I have to, but I think we have enough to not even buy them anymore. I hope the zombies will be wearing masks too .
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
@RebeccasFarm Maybe we should slap a mask on the zombies when they come, then they can't bite us at all .
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@CarolDM (145671)
• United States
30 May
I can only speak for myself. The majority of places I go now has no mask required signs all over. I will not be buying any more. I actually received a big package from Kroger the other day with about a dozen masks. I will donate them to someone I guess.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
Oh wow, no masks there! I know our state is reopening fully mid June, but I don't know about the masks. I will continue wearing them - only because I don't completely trust human behavior here. I don't think I need to buy anymore - have enough. Nice that you will be donating those masks!
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@CarolDM (145671)
• United States
30 May
@much2say Not in places I have been. The vaccine will protect us I hope.
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 May
@much2say - I will continue to wear a face mask indoors here in Orange County, too. I like the added safety they give me from a variety of airborne illnesses!
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@NJChicaa (100898)
• United States
30 May
I have plenty for the time being
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
I think some of us have a collection of them by now!
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• Israel
6 Jun
I have 6 packs of masks, so we use them indoors.
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@rebelann (87436)
• El Paso, Texas
30 May
Now that's a skill I wish I had learned but no, I never made a face mask, instead I ordered on with a flag design from Amazon as soon as they were offered. Like you I had a fair supply of surgical masks which I would use when I cleaned the litter boxes. I don't plan to give up wearing masks especially from about September through May. I hope more people will realize that a mask can protect them from getting the common cold or flu as well.
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 May
@rebelann - You are right. Wearing a facemask September through May will protect us from the flu, colds and other airborne viruses!
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
At one point my sister didn't trust the fabric ones, so she had some surgical ones on hand - not a lot - and she reused them by washing them . I think many people did at that time as there was a shortage. But well, thank goodness we can get any of them readily now. I like them for yard work! I am glad we have finally adopted using the masks here as other countries have been doing it for years. It would be smart to wear to them during high season of colds/flus and other virus ickies!!
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@rebelann (87436)
• El Paso, Texas
31 May
Didn't those masks fall apart after being washed @much2say ?
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@1creekgirl (26257)
• United States
30 May
Yeah, I made lots of masks at first. We don't have to wear them very often now.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
What will you do with all the masks you made? I actually liked the ones I made the best - fit better too. Our state is reopening fully in a couple weeks . . . I don't know what will become of the mask thing, but we will still be wearing them.
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@1creekgirl (26257)
• United States
31 May
@much2say There are a few places here that still require them.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
@1creekgirl For now it is still required everywhere here.
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@allknowing (94566)
• India
31 May
I am no good in stitching and no never thought of making them. We get them in stores these days.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
When they first suggested face masks, there were simply none to be found (and they asked to not purchase the medical ones as there was already a big shortage for healthcare workers). It was a lot of time and effort in hand sewing them, it was a relief to finally be ale to buy them in stores.
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• Israel
6 Jun
It is not difficult to make a mask, I have made a few different designs.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Jun
@lifecoachjerusalem Do you have a sewing machine? I had to do it by hand. It wasn't difficult, but very time consuming .
@jstory07 (107901)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 May
I think you should put your masks away because this might just be the beginning of other virus happening and spreading around the world.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
We are definitely going to keep our masks on . . . all this reopening business really, really makes me wonder - it seems so premature. You take care out there!!
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 May
@jstory07 - You are absolutely right. They are predicting more new viruses in the future. I have a basket where I am keeping my extra baskets for the moment.
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@RasmaSandra (44428)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
31 May
I only had one face mask and hardly wore it because I was mostly inside and ordering things I needed online, Now if anything and I need a mask the Walgreens here still sells them,
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
You have been able to be socially distant in the best way possible. For a while we had one mask each, but as we walk a lot and such, I had to make more to ensure we had clean ones on hand all the time. Thank goodness they are sold everywhere now.
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@sjvg1976 (26212)
• Delhi, India
31 May
It was in the starting that there were shortage of the face masks but not now , they are readily available in the market these days.
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@DaddyEvil (47954)
• United States
31 May
Did you see the people who wore their underwear over their head to use as facemasks when the pandemic started?
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@sjvg1976 (26212)
• Delhi, India
31 May
@DaddyEvil no I didnot see anyone doing it. It would have been so funny to see
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
@sjvg1976 Oh yes - I remember those days. Plus we were to not purchase the medical ones so as not to create a bigger shortage for the healthcare workers. Thank goodness they are readily available now!
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• China
31 May
You might as well keep a hand-sewing mask as a souvenir.Those masks protected your family from being infected at the beginning of this pandemic when not enough masks were available to you and even people cringed at wearing them.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
Souvenir - yes! However I do like the way my masks fit better than the store ones - I just have no energy or time to make them now. They are rather inexpensive to buy now too. I find it funny that people here still have issues about wearing the mask. Are you still wearing masks over there?
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• China
1 Jun
@much2say Our city has long since had no confirmed new cases,so I seldom wear a mask,unless I go to a packed place.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Jun
@changjiangzhibin89 Wow, you are literally pandemic-free over there! It is supposed open fully in our state in a couple weeks . . . June 15 . They say the cases are quite low now . . . but I trust nothing. I am not even sure about what they will do about the masks, but we will continue to wear them until we see that things are in the clear.
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@RebeccasFarm (35895)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
30 May
I am not making them but I have not had to use many but one..then I bought a pack of them on Amazon.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
We hand washed and air dried them daily - bit of a pain, but had to do what we had to do. Felt less stressed when we could have a supply of them. How were the Amazon ones?
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
31 May
@much2say Oh very good and cheap too
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Jun
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@Tampa_girl7 (46524)
• United States
31 May
We have a good many, but I may get more.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
Always a good idea to have spares on hand .
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@Tampa_girl7 (46524)
• United States
31 May
@much2say yes, it’s better to be prepared.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
@Tampa_girl7 I assume they are going to be less of a need for them eventually - so I am stocking up just in case!
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@popciclecold (21585)
• United States
30 May
I hope you are retired from making masks. We used old bandanas and rubber bands I learned from YouTube. Not anymore.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
30 May
Oh my gosh I remember watching those videos . . . for a while we were doing the bandana/rubber band thing too . I'm retired from making them, but certainly we will keep wearing them.
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• United States
31 May
@much2say Yeah we will. too.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
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@Rashnag (17164)
• Surat, India
31 May
Good to know. We buy readymade face mask from outside. Have a good day
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
For a while we had to use whatever we had - there were no face masks to buy. Thank goodness you can buy them anywhere now!
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@Rashnag (17164)
• Surat, India
31 May
@much2say your welcome
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@tuckersheri (1307)
• United States
31 May
My sister made a lot of them and if anybody wants any she still makes them. She makes all different colors and she has all these different fabric she makes them from.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
That's so nice! I assume she has a sewing machine to do that . . . I did ours by hand and I admit it was a bit of a pain . Was she selling them too?
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@ladyhero (3943)
• Indonesia
31 May
I use a face mask all the time, when I'm at the office and when I go out of the house, shopping, even though I have been full of vaccines, I keep myself from catching any virus
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
I am glad to hear you are doing whatever you can to keep protected . We wear the mask everywhere too - including outdoors - one can never know where the virus could be!!
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@kaylachan (23346)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
30 May
No. My husband has a handful provided by his work (because they still require them) but it's more than we need. Due to the TBI that gave my CP among other things, I can't wear them. So, my husband wears them when he's required at work and that's the end of it.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
Some are not able to wear masks, I can understand. It's good your husband's work provides them - here it seemed like a scramble to even get them initially - but that and protocols are in work places now.
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@DeborahDiane (35099)
• Laguna Woods, California
31 May
I have a good supply of facemasks right now and I only wear them when I go shopping. I will also wear one if I go anywhere that is crowded, like the Farmer's Market, but I haven't done that recently. I actually like wearing Facemasks in stores. I don't have to worry about people with colds coughing on me!
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@DaddyEvil (47954)
• United States
31 May
Yes, that's right... Facemasks work on any airborne illness. Pretty and I will keep wearing ours when we leave the house.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
We have made quite a collection of masks too . . . we make sure to have clean ones on hand. We wear them in stores, but also outdoors when we are walking . . . you never know what situations can arise when you are out and about, best to be prepared always. Oh my goodness, every cough and sneeze I hear makes me cringe . . . but I do feel extra protected having a mask on. You figure other countries have been doing this for years . . . it's about time we picked up on this too!
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 May
@much2say - I agree that wearing a facemask around other people, indoors or outdoors, makes a lot of sense. As you say, people in other countries have been doing this for years. They consider it a basic part of good hygiene and a thoughtful way to protect other people from our colds, the flu, and other illnesses. I agree we would be smart to do it, too. I have heard several people they have had fewer allergy problems while wearing a mask, too. Also, when the wildfires start, I will especially be glad to have good masks on hand when I go for a walk!
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@thelme55 (71935)
• Germany
31 May
I was also sewing masks for me and hubby during the early pandemic. Now, we have also store bought masks.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
Ah, so you did the sewing too! Do you have a sewing machine? I really wish I had one back then . . . well, but I don't see me sewing now . I was so relieved once the masks showed up in stores!!
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@thelme55 (71935)
• Germany
31 May
@much2say Yes, I did. I have a sewing machine but it is my home in the Philippines now. I sent it to the Philippines as I mostly stayed there a few months every year but since the pandemic, I was not able to go back there.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Jun
@thelme55 Ohhh. Right, the traveling thing was all put to a halt during most of this pandemic. I hope you can make it to the Phils soon again!!
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@HazySue (38621)
• Inverness, Florida
31 May
One of my doctor's assistants mother makes them. I have a few from her. I am still using a mask even though I have been vaccinated. I am so high risk I am not willing to take a chance.
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@much2say (50617)
• Los Angeles, California
31 May
It's nice to know someone who can readily make them! We are vaccinated too - except for my son as he is still too young . . . but we are all wearing masks everywhere and will be for a long while still. I wish everyone did everything they could to stay protected . . . we don't want to take chances either.
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