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While many people are wearing their neckwear (usually reserved for outdoor adventures) as face mask alternatives, it's also possible to turn that lightweight neckwear into a DIY no-sew face mask. Below are a couple ways in which you can turn your Totally Tubular into a face mask or face covering.

 

Option 1: Traditional Face Mask

Turtle Fur Ambassatur Betha takes us through how to make a no-sew face mask using her Totally Tubular (which she usually wears when on the mountain, snowboarding, or on the water, fly fishing). Here is what you need to make this at home:

- Turtle Fur Totally Tubular

- Two hair ties

That's it! 

Step-by-step Instructions:

1. Fold your totally tubular in half, lengthwise.

2. Grab your two hair ties. Put one hair tie around each end of your folded tube, and slide it about 1/3 of the way down.

3. Take the outside thirds and fold them over the hair ties, to lie on top of the middle third.

4. With the tube folded over, pick up by the hair ties, securing the folded tube over your nose and mouth and looping the hair ties around your ears.

5. Pat down to secure a contoured fit around your nose and mouth.

 

Option 2: Traditional Face Mask with Filter

We have also seen people adding a pocket and filter to their Totally Tubular DIY face mask. For this option, you will need:

- Turtle Fur Totally Tubular

- Two hair ties

Filter *please note that we do not include filters with the sale of our Totally Tubulars or face masks(you can also use a paper towel - as seen below - or other filter type of your choosing)

 
A single-use, universal PM2.5 Activated Carbon Filter accompanied by an inspection certificate. Filters can reduce the amount of fine particulates inhaled outside and indoors. Common particulate sources are dirt & dust, pollen, smoke, or smog. Comes in packs of 10. Filters are single-use and should be removed and disposed of before washing face mask.

PM stands for particulate matter and the 2.5 refers to the size of the particulate in micrometers that can pass through the filter. (For reference, 2.5 micrometers is roughly 30 times smaller than a human hair.)
$14.99 / 10-pack

 

Step-by-step Instructions:

1. Lay your Totally Tubular on a flat surface.

2. Place the filter of your choice in the center of your tube.

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3. Fold top and bottom of tube (lengthwise) to meet and enclose filter.

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4. Put one hair tie around each end of your folded tube, and slide it about 1/3 of the way down.
 

DIY face mask step-by-step instructions

5. Fold over ends to meet in the middle and stack on top of one another. Tuck in loose edges.

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6. Secure on face, looping hair ties around your ears.

 Totally Tubular DIY Face Mask In Use



Option 3 & 4: Half Tube Face Coverings (one with slits, one without)

The best part about options 3 and 4? In a few simple steps, you can have two face coverings rather than one! So with just one Totally Tubular, you can protect yourself and a loved one, or just have two for yourself that you can use interchangeably. Turtle Fur's Brand Marketing Manager takes us through how to make a face covering using her Totally Tubular. What you need for these options:

- Turtle Fur Totally Tubular 

- Scissors

That's it!

Step-by-step Instructions:

Option 3: half tube, no slits

1. Cut your tube in half, lengthwise

2. Wear, pulling tube over the head and ensuring coverage over the nose and mouth

 

Option 4: half tube, with slits

This is a GREAT option that isn't likely to slip down your face - great for kids, as this won't bother their ears and you can ensure they won't be touching their face to pull the mask up/down.

1. Take your half tube from option 3

2. Cut 1" slits on each side, about 1" down from the top

3. Wear, pulling tube over the head and putting ears through the slits. Ensure coverage over the nose and mouth.

 

Care instructions for the Totally Tubular DIY Face Mask:

Removing your face mask:

Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your face mask. As soon as you have removed your face mask, wash your hands. If you choose to make a version that includes a filter, the filter should be thrown away after each use.

Washing:

It is recommended that you wash your DIY face mask after each use. For our Totally Tubular's, simply Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry No Heat.

For more information on wearing face masks and COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website and YouTube channel.

 

Disclaimer:

Please note that this product is not considered PPE. This product does not guarantee prevention from transmission or infection of disease. Face coverings have been shown to reduce the likelihood of the spread of viruses through airborne particulates. This product is not intended to be used in any surgical, industrial, or high-risk situations where significant exposure to liquid, bodily, or other hazardous fluids may be possible. For questions relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and CDC recommended best practices, please visit the CDC's website or talk to your healthcare provider.