In the sewing community, we always have a way of coming together to help when it matters most. As sewists, one thing we can do to help is to sew and donate homemade masks. The CDC states that in times of crisis when traditional masks are not readily available, healthcare providers can use homemade masks. Homemade masks are not considered PPE (personal protective equipment) as their capability to protect against viruses is unknown, but they can be used as an additional needed defense against this infectious disease. The CDC recommends using homemade masks in combination with a face shield or over a traditional N95 mask to help increase the length of time they can be used.
Join Stephanie from the Baby Lock Training Team to learn how you can make a homemade face mask. Click here to access the instructions, pattern, suggested materials and an optional thank you note to show your appreciation.
While you are at home this is something you can do to help during the next few weeks. Grab your family and get started today!
If you have created, or plan on creating, homemade face masks be sure to use the hashtag #sewinthistogether.
Note: This mask is NOT medical grade and does not serve as a replacement for real medical supplies including N95 masks that are approved for medical use, but with a shortage of supplies, some clinics are able to use basic masks like these in combination with N95 masks or for lesser medical conditions.
Many hospital and facilities are in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and may accept homemade face mask donations. They ask that the items donated come from smoke-free, dust-free, pet-free and illness-free environments to protect the safety and health.
This pattern and tutorial created therefrom is not intended, nor has it been tested, to reduce or eliminate the transmission of any respiratory or airborne pathogen, allergen, or any type of particle or droplet, and on that basis, should not be used solely for such purpose.
Be sure to contact your local health officials to inquire about their needs for homemade masks and the requirements that need to be met. Another great resource is directory of organizations who need mask donations, search your area to see if there are any located near you.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/12/6/05-1468_article https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html#crisis-capacity https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/ Baby Lock Homemade Face Masks Instructions and Patterns
Here are some additional examples of mask patterns that you can use. Materials recommended include cotton t-shirts, dish towels, pillowcases, or any other thick, breathable cotton material.