As the world comes to terms with the dangers of the COVID-19 virus, we are seeing areas of need. Doctors and nurses are on the front lines trying to protect us and they don't have all the protective supplies require to stay safe. According to many news sources (like the New York Times), supplies are running low in many states. We are all anxious and wondering what we can do...right now we are calling all crafters to make face masks.
Update: Joann Fabrics is offering customers free at-home mask-making kits that include fabric, elastic, and other necessary materials. Customers can pick up the kits outside Joann stores and then drop completed masks back at the stores to be donated to local hospitals More details here www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/
Calling All Crafters to Make Face Masks
In the best case scenario, these homemade masks won't be used and traditional medical supplies will meet the demand. Surgical face masks help keep our doctors and nurses safe. A mask can block the respiratory droplets of coughing or sneezing patients. But with all the uncertainty of the situation, sewing can help us all feel like we are contributing to the fight.
Decades ago fabric masks were the norm, and we all know modern masks are best. This week, Deaconess Health System, including Henderson's Methodist Health, made a call for crafters to get sewing and they shared a video to help you get started.
Face mask instruction video
The release with the video, pattern and instructions are also available here www.deaconess.com/masks. The masks will be sterilized before they are used.
Per hospital specifications:
- Use tightly-woven 100 percent cotton fabric.
- Please remember that both women and men in a variety of roles may wear these masks
Tea Collection Tutorial
Tea Collection (one of our favorite children's wear brands) is making protective masks from Tea's Spring/Summer material scraps. The head designer and her daughter were able to make over a dozen masks for SF's local hospital and will continue to do so for any caregivers in need. Tea loved this so much that they are sharing the patterns with fans in hopes they too will start sewing!
Additional Mask Sewing Resources
- Sew Masks 4 Cincy launched as a small idea to unite our Cincinnati to sew masks for our frontline medical workers, and quickly ballooned to 4000 people joining the effort across the entire Tri-State area within 48 hours! Get details here sewmasks4cincy.org
- The Masked Warriors is a Facebook group created for anyone willing to help with our efforts to provide masks for front line heroes: nurses, doctors, first responders. Get more details www.facebook.com/groups/TheMaskedWarriorsProject/photos/
- The Turban Project also has patterns available. Head to turbanproject.com/patterns
- Michigan Command Center for Mask Volunteers: a temporary volunteer center in Pontiac, MI set up to receive donated sewn masks and fabric, and hand out packs of 10 masks to community groups in need. www.facebook.com/volunteercommandcenterfordiysewnmasks/
If you have more mask resources or information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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