Do you sew? We are looking for donations of sewn fabric surgical masks to help protect our healthcare personnel as they care for COVID-19 patients. The supply of manufactured surgical masks are at critically low level throughout the nation and we need your help! Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used. Still a large supply is needed, as each healthcare worker changes their mask several times during a shift, as the mask becomes soiled or damp. Being stylish is great - -- but we are more concerned about functionality. Non-matching fabrics, and threads are just fine – but a well sewn mask with no frayed edges or missed seams or “holes” is a necessity. We’ve provided a standard pattern, instructions, and some additional guidelines below. Thanks so much for your help and please share this information with your sewing friends😊
- There are 2 versions of instructions for you to choose from.
- Use minimal or non-stretch fabric.
- Do not use polyester, it isn’t very breathable and holds moisture.
- Use new fabric. Worn or dirty fabric will not be protective.
- Enclose completed masks in a closed plastic bag or closed plastic container.
- You do not need to wash the masks. MHP will launder them as they are received.
- If you can not find elastic, ties will also work.
- We recommend you wash the material first before sewing anything because it will shrink a bit.
- Here is a tutorial video of someone creating a similar mask. https://www.facebook.com/GStevensPhotography/videos/10157064678445509/
Update 3-24: 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝟯𝟭𝟳-𝟰𝟮𝟭-𝟱𝟲𝟳𝟲 𝗼𝗿 𝗲-𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝗹𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗼𝗻@𝗺𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹.𝗼𝗿𝗴. She will coordinate a time and location to drop off the masks. Thank you again! 😊
Questions? Contact Linda Bacon at 317-421-5676 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org