No topic is currently as controversial as wearing a respirator as protection against viruses and especially against Covid-19. While the WHO and specialists declare that these should only be worn by the sick and offer no protection to the healthy, many governments even require the wearing of a protective mask. Some of the masks have even become a fashion trend and are being worn voluntarily and with pride by more and more people. But what about our children? When it comes to protecting our offspring, we want to do everything right. In the following, we will explain whether a mask is suitable for children and how you can sew a respirator for children.
Sewing a respirator mask for children – sensible and harmless, or not?
If a mask doesn’t protect healthy people from the virus, why do authorities recommend wearing a protective mask? The reason is very simple: some who get Covid-19 show only very mild or no symptoms. That means they’re contagious without even knowing it. In such cases, the mask is designed to protect others.
You have probably also heard that a protective mask can be dangerous for children. But this is only the case with babies and toddlers under three years of age. There is a risk of suffocation with them, which is why a mask should definitely not be used. In general: Anyone who has breathing problems, is unconscious or is unable to remove the mask themselves, if necessary, must not wear one.
Important hygiene tips
Also, if you want to sew or buy a children’s respirator, you should not forget about proper hygiene. Thoroughly washing your hands according to the 20-second rule and regularly disinfecting the house should not be neglected. Children should as rarely as possible leave the house during these times. Even if you do not belong to the risk group and sick children have only had mild symptoms so far, you can still infect that risk group (e.g. the grandparents). Also, teach the children not to touch their faces. Of course, this is not an easy task, especially for the little ones, but still try to pay attention to it.
Sewing respiratory protection mask for children – idea with a pattern
When sewing a children’s respirator, it is important to pay attention to the correct size. It shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. Several layers of fabric are recommended, with cotton being the most suitable. You can also reuse it, provided it can be washed at 90 degrees and then ironed.
Tip: It is especially difficult to get younger children to wear such a mask. Therefore, colorful fabrics that are appealing to the child are best suited. The selection of fabrics is very large these days, so you can be sure to find something suitable with bright colors and interesting patterns or motifs.
- Cotton fabric
- 12 to 15 cm elastic band
- Sewing needle
- Filters (kitchen paper, coffee filters, etc.)
Sewing respiratory protection mask for children yourself – Instructions:
Print out the pattern that you can find in the link below. There you get two sizes. The smaller size is best for children under 5 years old and the larger size is best for children 5 to 9 years old. If you would like to sew in a filter bag, transfer two backs and one front (front). If you don’t want a filter bag, two fronts are sufficient.
Fold the back
Sew fabrics together
Fold the backs of the self-sewn protective mask once lengthways in the middle. Place the folded fabrics face down, right sides together, and pin them in place with pins. Now sew once along all the edges with the sewing machine and turn the fabric inside out. Now the beautiful sides should all be facing outwards. The two short edges now need a hem through which the elastic is pulled. All you need is one seam on the left and one on the right, about 1 cm from the edge.
Cut the elastic in half, thread it through a suitable needle and, with your help, guide the elastic through the just sewn hem. Be careful not to accidentally pull the elastic out of the needle. Then tie the two ends of the elastic together in a knot. Then, as in the picture, pull the fabric together and sew the elastic at the ends of the hem so that nothing can slip. Repeat for the other side as well. If the elastic turns out to be too long, you can untie the knot and tie it tighter again.
Thread the elastic through the needle
Thread the elastic needle through the hem
Simple sewing instructions for beginners
Tighten the elastic and knot it
Sew on elastic so that it cannot slip
Opening for inserting a filter
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Pattern for printing here.