Covid-19 Craft Hacks

I’ve been a fan of prepping TV shows for years and always thought I should learn skills like fire starting and making a campsite out of branches. Then watching shows like The Walking Dead, I thought I should learn skills like lockpicking and shooting.

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I guess, nobody saw this coming. I don’t mean the virus, the signs were there in late 2019. I mean the true preppers.

I never got round to learning how to make a fire and my cooking skills are so bad that I would starve if left without a supermarket. I recently watched a TV programme called Naked and Alone, where survivalists were left… well, naked and alone… in some far-off isolated part of the world. Then I watched a follow on show Naked and Alone XL, where the number of survivalists grew to a dozen people.

Finally, I thought I might just have a chance. Where the other group members were lighting fires, making shelters and killing dinner, I could be there spinning fibre and knitting clothes for us all. I don’t know in what situation we would find ourselves naked and miles from a clothing shop, but if that was how this world panned out, I just might be ok.

As it turned out, when the proverbial brown stuff hit the fan the true survivalists didn’t need to learn how to make a fire or kill a deer. The vital tools weren’t machetes, but sewing machines.

Whether wanting to make masks and other PPE equipment for care homes or just your own family I’ve Scoured YouTube for the best videos (according to me) on protection equipment during Covid-19.

No Sewing skills required face mask

I’ve seen a lot of videos that claim to be no sew masks, and while they don’t expect you to have a sewing machine they then proceed to use rotary cutters and quilting rulers. This tutorial however assumes you have no sewing skills whatsoever and only uses a pair of scissors and a ruler.

No Sewing Skills required to make this mask

The Olson face mask Pattern

This Fabric Patch video shows you how to make the Olson face mask, named after Nurse Lyla Mae Olson, a pioneer in the Makernurse movement.

The video also gives you four pattern sizes for these comfortable masks. After making thousands of masks for hospitals the Cotton Patch made a second video with hints and tips on making the masks better and another video on a “Jesse Killian” mask pattern which gives a more fitted Olson style mask.

The Olson face mask

Face Mask Adapter

Also called ear savers, these little inventions help prevent regular mask users from getting sore ears from having the mask elastic around the ear. I’ve seen crochet and knitted versions of these too, but knit and crochet fabric can stretch after regular use, whereas this would keep its shape after many washes.

Face Mask Adapter

Easy Sewable Scrub Hats

I liked this video because it looked stylish enough to wear everyday and not just in hospitals. It is something that can be used years after a vaccine has been developed and has space enough for long hair.

My favourite scrub cap

Face Mask Adapter Headband

Another tutorial that would be useful after this is over is this headband tutorial that doubles as an ear saver.

Headband Ear Saver

Face Mask and Shield

Ok, so now we head into the more adventurous craft ideas, but maybe on the border of genius. This face mask also includes a built in (or sewn in) face shield.

Face Mask and Shield

Gloves from Plastic Bags

Some strains of coronavirus can remain on surfaces for a couple days and when hand washing isn’t an option you should use gloves. If you don’t have gloves there are ways to make your own from plastic bags or bin liners.

Making plastic gloves

Coke Bottle Face Shield

I’ve seen these shields made from a variety of materials including plastic folders and laminating sheets, but the easiest plastic to locate is probably a coke bottle.

Coke Bottle Face Masks

Now I know, that nothing can protect us like the government recommended PPE equipment, but anything is better than nothing.

So finally we have a mask with Mad Max skills. The mask is made from several bottle tops and I’ve seen images of these masks painted to look like serious prepper gear.

Mad Max mask

Hope you enjoyed those videos, keep safe, but also keep your humour and humanity.

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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