Why Make Masks
We're responding to a massive need for masks and other PPE for area health care workers and many other vulnerable populations in our area.
As you know, King, Pearce and Snohomish Counties are very much in need of this equipment. Find lots of good links here that have been sent to us and we continue the push for our health care system.
Links we recommend for making masks
From the CDC
From Missouri Star Quilt Co.
From Cindy at The Fabric Patch in Euphrata.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fySsaOojEVM. Make your own facemark.
This is from her video, she credits craft passion for it...you can get it there..
Link and Video on how to make the masks:
Please give pattern credit to Dana Willard.
In addition, ties are best because the elastic does bother health care professionals, especially when they are used constantly. Twill tape, bias tape, double gold, grosgrain ribbon are the easiest to use, to save time.
Can't tolerate the elastic? Wear a headband and add a button to attach the elastic? Some people are allergic to latex and find that they prefer ties.
From Sally: The masks I made were copied from one of those paper ones. I used two 10in x 8 inches pieces of fabric. I used 100% cotton on the top and flannel on the inside. I used twisty ties and sewed them on the inside of the top to bend around the nose. I left about four inches at the bottom to
insert filters. I used air filters purchased at Home Depot. A friend used HEPA vacuum filters to insert. I used ¼ elastic cut in 7 inch pieces. The first one took me about 45 mins. I went into mass production mode and cut that time down to about 15 mins each.
Use T Shirts and Jersey's to make masks with ties. See Jan's notes:
Non woven interfacing is the key. It provides that impermeable barrier for our masks. Small particles such as Covid-19 cannot pass through this barrier. Use cotton or flannel for the two outer pieces, but use a layer of non woven for the inside. Also you can make a nose piece from just about anything. Floral wire, twisty ties, pipe cleaners, aluminum baking pans. Makes for a better fit around the nose.
Filters are the Barriers between us and Covid-19
Everyone uses a mask, washes daily, or apply a new mask.
The best design I have seen so far is in this link for an NPR article:
Link to mask pattern:
https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/content/dam/internet/kp/comms/import/uploads/2020/03/02_COVID_Mask-Instructions_v9.pdf. The extra pleat helps shape it over the nose. I’m going to add a placket on top for a nose wire also.