Have extra time on your hands for a project that will help those on the “front lines” deal with the Coronavirus?
There is a need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), also known as “face masks” for our medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include many of our congregation’s family members who are medical professionals. If you have a stack of leftover fabric, can sew or can just cut out fabric to make sewing kits, you can help. Unfortunately, the need is greater than the supply for disposable PPEs, but a simple, cotton fabric face mask with a vacuum cleaner bag filter is easily made!
All you need is a pattern, tightly woven cotton or cotton blend fabric, any color or pattern, 7 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches – so leftover, scrap fabric is fine, elastic (even elastic hair ties will do) or you can make ties out of bias tape or ribbon, vacuum cleaner bags (available at Walmart, Amazon, or your own closet) and time – that we all have!
Pattern and directions can also be downloaded here.
If you are not a sewer, or do not have a machine, we could also use volunteers to cut the pattern pieces for the “mask kits.” Donation of laundered fabric scraps are also appreciated. For questions about sewing instructions and where to donate masks, contact RuthAnn Ferraro firstname.lastname@example.org.