The covid-19 pandemic is a life-changing event, and is afffecting people from all different backgrounds. So far, I’ve stayed home, and stayed safe, making crafts and sewing, cooking homemade food, and keeping busy with reading.
BUT, it is still spreading in our community. There are a few ways to help healthcare, fire, police and workers on the front-line in our communities. One of the ways is to make reusable masks.
I’m learning how to make masks using my sewing machine by following along tutorials and using the 100% cotton fabric that I have in my fabric stash.
How to make reusable DIY masks for your community
Research Your Local Community’s Needs
My local community has many different hospitals, but I did find a main site where a sewing group had all the tutorials and hospital requirements for masks. After looking through my supplies of sewing material, I chose a mask template that works with what I am able to provide.
Follow a tutorial and all Guidelines for the masks that are needed.
I found a few tutorials on Pinterest, but I felt that the best ones were the ones that the local hospital recommended. Remember, DIY masks are not N95 masks, so they will not filter out the microbes up to spec. The masks are a backup resource if there are none available (which is what is happening).
Make Masks according to directions
It is important to get the masks right. I am out of practice with sewing, I had to make a couple of practice masks that am using for my own personal use first. They had a few issues that I had to figure out by making the masks.
Some things to consider when making your own is how to measure and cut correctly, how to fold the masks correctly, the attachment design (tie back vs. elastic) and whether you are making them in bulk or one at a time.
Drop off CLEAN masks at their designated space
And once you have completed making a few or many masks, drop them off at their designated location. Some places want you to also include how many hours you volunteered for, so keep that in mind too. Stay home, Save lives, Sew easy.
Mask Tutorials that Have helped me
These are a few mask making tutorials that have helped me:
What YOU can DO:
If you decide to make masks for your local community, your volunteer work is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! There are superheros that need our help who are on the front line everyday.
If you are a crafter with a 3D printer, you can help too! Use your creativity, supplies, and skills to make something GOOD in the hardships we are facing.