Students’ DIY skills unmasked

As the demand for face masks reaches a record high, creative solutions are being found by do-it-yourself Kiwis.

Single-use masks and reusable masks alike have been selling fast, following a government announcement of increased Covid-19 restrictions.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday said five million extra face masks had been released from a government stockpile.

One million of those had been given to Countdown, and three million would be distributed through social services for those who struggled to access and afford them.

Cloth and reusable face coverings, like scarves and bandanas, would suffice, she said.

Otago Polytechnic third-year fashion students (from left) Cassidy Senior (22), Georgie Laurenson ...
Otago Polytechnic third-year fashion students (from left) Cassidy Senior (22), Georgie Laurenson (20) and Katherine Inder (20) wear their handmade masks. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

Prof Michael Baker, of the University of Otago Department of Public Health, said masks were a key defence against Covid-19, and should be woven into the alert level system.

"I think they should be compulsory for indoor activities at Level 3 and 4, and potentially in Level 2 as well."

Otago Polytechnic fashion students have been busy sewing this week, following the trend of making their own face masks using donated and recycled materials.

School of fashion teaching research assistant and lecturer Pip McQuillan said that when

she heard Dr Ashley Bloomfield’s call about mask-wearing last week she thought she would take action.

"I brought it up in a staff meeting and we thought it would be a good idea for students to start making them."

About 30 students were at the polytech yesterday making masks for friends and family.

"It’s very cool. I’m really proud of them and what they’re doing."

Face masks could be fashioned out of business shirts, pillowcases and old T-shirts if needed, she said.

"It is not difficult, it’s definitely achievable . . . it’s also a far more sustainable approach."



Back to the future.
This reminds me of when my mum had me hold old jerseys as she unravelled them to make new ones. It was when many women prided themselves on their ability to sew and knit their families' clothes. It was how the family was clothed, when the money that was available was needed for other things. Like buying a house.
That's the way it was just 50 years ago.
Back then the people didn't have the money for the Government to tax so as to be the provider everything. Sure, there was those that called on the Government to do so and the media was always eager to relay such demands but printing money that wasn't backed by gold or foreign reserves was the quickest way to create inflation and devalue the currency.
That doesn't happen now as they simply borrow from the children's future. That is what the internal deficit is. Money borrowed from our children which is now $200,000,000,000 and climbing fast, for this country of 5,000,000.
Do the math. That's $40,000 for every person in the country.
If want to make your own mask and don't have a sewing machine, yet, this link will show you how to make one from a sock.
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