Sew Facemasks!

Sew facemasks!

These simple, cotton masks are NOT medical grade so they are not suitable for physicians or RNs. But they are in demand by other caregivers and workers who come in contact with the public, such as staff at nursing homes.

For those who sew and have supplies at home, Kaitlin Smith forwards these patterns from Patchwork Plus in Dayton, VA.

Face mask video tutorial

How to Sew a Bias Tape Surgical Face Mask with Flexible Nose

For those who NEED supplies, Accacia Mullen, who runs Make It Sew across from Lex Pres, has assembled kits that you can purchase for $4 apiece, plus tax.  Each kit has supplies for four masks. If you want to purchase kits from Make It Sew, let Pam Luecke know and she will arrange for a pick-up from Accacia. The store is open only by appointment.

A few more tips, for those interested in taking part in this sew-a-thon:

  • After you have made a few masks, put them into a sealable bag with the number of masks marked on the outside. This will reduce the number of times they are handled.
  • To address the broader need, write to your senators and congressmen and urge them to free up medical-grade facemasks and other personal protection equipment.

In the meantime, as one member puts it, we will be covering faces with love from the hands at Lexington Presbyterian Church