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Gippsland mother Emily Rumbold, 36, films herself wearing packet of wet wipes as a face mask

Mum-of-seven, 36, turns packet of wet wipes into a makeshift ‘face mask’ and sips wine through the lid – as she jokes she’s ‘doing her bit’ to stop the spread

  • Aussie mum Emily Rumbold filmed herself wearing a wet wipe packet as a mask
  • In the clip she opens the flip-top lid and takes a sip from a glass of wine
  • Ms Rumbold joked she was ‘doing her bit to stop the spread’ of coronavirus
  • The video has gone viral on TikTok and in numerous Facebook groups

By Alice Murphy For Daily Mail Australia

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A mother who filmed herself wearing a packet of wet wipes as a face mask has seen the footage go viral on social media in less than 24 hours.

Wearing a pair of over-sized sunglasses, Emily Rumbold, 36, opens the flip-top lid and takes a sip from a glass of white wine before pressing it shut again.

‘Doing my bit to stop the spread [of coronavirus],’ the mum-of-seven from Gippsland, country Victoria, wrote in the bottom corner of the video.

Having fashioned the DIY face-covering from empty Aldi baby wipes, Ms Rumbold posted the footage in a Facebook group dedicated to the German discount supermarket.

She was quickly inundated with thousands of likes and shares from members who said she had brightened their day with the lighthearted clip.

Victorian mum-of-seven Emily Rumbold (left and right) wears a makeshift face mask fashioned from a packet of Aldi wet wipes in a video that’s gone viral

Ms Rumbold told Daily Mail Australia she had joined TikTok during the first lockdown in March ‘for a bit of fun’ and never expected her videos to be seen by such a large audience.

‘Without trying to take away the seriousness [of the second wave of infections] I just wanted t’o have a bit of fun with it,’ she said.

‘There’s been lot of mask videos going around and I thought I’d join in.’

Earlier this week, women from across Victoria flooded Facebook groups with photos of homemade face-coverings stitched from $1 Kmart tea towels as demand soars for medical-grade masks amid the second wave of COVID-19.

Amateur seamstresses dusted off their sewing kits after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced that masks will become mandatory in public across Melbourne and the adjacent Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm Wednesday.

Homemade face masks, sewn from $1.50 Kmart tea towels, ribbons and elastic to hook around the ears

The drastic measure is aimed at curbing the renewed outbreak in Victoria, which recorded 403 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – the state’s third highest daily total since the pandemic began – and five more deaths.

Melbourne’s north-western suburbs continue to cop the brunt of the fresh infections, with Brimbank reporting 64 additional confirmed cases and Hume hit with 27 new cases. 

Facebook groups are filled with photos of home-sewn coverings which women have stitched from $1 kitchen cloths, pipe cleaners, elastic and a needle and thread.

‘If you have to wear a mask it may as well look good. Double lined and a pocket for a filter,’ a mother from country Victoria posted on Sunday.

‘Not sure how good the tea towel will be but there are more cows than people where I live!’

Five ‘tea towel’ face masks which a Melbourne mother stitched for her family

The pipe cleaners should run along the top and bottom of the face cover to stop it from caving in, and the elastic should be sewn to either end to hook around the ears. 

One Melbourne woman said she spent her birthday stitching face masks at her kitchen table after learning how to sew on TikTok.

‘Never thought I would see the day…my husband went to Kmart last week and found these tea towels for $1, I watched a TikTok tutorial on how to make a face mask and today I hand sewed it,’ she said. 

Another said she had made masks for her family by pinning elastic to $3 Kmart dog bandanas.

A DIY covering fashioned from a $3 Kmart dog bandana (left) and a supply of tea towel masks (right) made in preparation for Melbourne’s mandatory face covering rule which comes into effect at 11.59pm Wednesday

Melbourne’s mandatory face masks 

Face masks were made mandatory for people over the age of 12 out in public in Melbourne and the adjacent Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

A mask or covering must now be worn when leaving the house for one of the four allowed activities: study or work (if you are unable to work from home), medical care and care giving, shopping for essentials and daily exercise.

Face masks in regional Victoria are recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres distance is impossible, but are not legally required.

Exemptions to the rule are people with a medical condition exacerbated by wearing a mask and children under 12. Masks are not required for people who work in call centres or customers visiting a bank.

Runners do not need to wear a mask while running, but must wear one immediately before and after exercise.

The penalty for not wearing a face mask in public is a $200 fine.

Others said they had made masks from ankle socks by cutting the sock in half, snipping along one side, opening the fabric and cutting slits in either to end to hook around the ears – no sewing required.

While some questioned the efficacy of the DIY coverings, which do not have the waterproof coating advised by infectious disease experts, most praised the women for finding a creative solution to an extraordinary requirement. 

‘Please stop with the negative comments, most of us are still working and need to leave our homes to get to and from work, so any sort of covering is good,’ one woman said.

‘I wish knew how to make these masks. Great job.’


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