We have received many request to provide information about sewing Facial Masks and Surgical Caps for our Care Workers as they battle the COVID-19 virus. At the moment we are respecting the directive by government and health care professionals to observe social distancing and so our OSF shop remains closed for now. We know that you all have substantial fabric stashes at home and we know that you want to help. We realize that it’s hard to know what to do and how to get it to the right place so we’ve put together a few suggestions for sewers who would like to contribute.
There is a need for Surgical Caps and we have folks who will pick up from a location in North Vancouver and deliver the caps. Here’s a photo of a cap that I made last night following a YouTube video. There are only two pattern pieces and the cap goes together really quickly using quilting cotton scraps. The video also has links to pattern pieces or you can purchase the pattern from the lady who designed the pattern ($10 US). There will be an on-going demand for these caps at both hospitals so let us know if you can sew some and drop off finished caps in North Vancouver. Click HERE for drop-off locations.
The next need is for Fitted Face Masks as the supply of manufactured masks, that effectively stop the transmission of the virus, are running out. I have asked Vancouver Coastal Health if they could use fabric masks and they responded that the masks need to be disposable. So, from what we have been researching, home-made masks DO NOT provide the necessary droplet barrier that is needed against COVID-19. However, there are some situations where a cotton mask may be adequate (internet sources suggest the benefits of a non woven bonded interfacing between the cotton layers). Our Colleen has been testing out mask designs and has made a fitted one (see photo) which she says is really comfortable. The mask has only one pattern piece and here is the instructional video The “Fitted Mask” was made using quilting cotton scraps for the outside and a muslin fabric for the lining but you can use whatever soft woven fabric you have in your stash. In order to make the mask more resistant to droplets, a layer of bonded interfacing was placed in between the cotton layers. When applying masks to your face, ensure that your hands are scrupulously clean and wash hands and masks well after each use! If you are making these types of masks, please reach out to your local health care workers to see IF they are needed and WHERE they are needed the most. At the moment, we don’t have a pick-up / drop-off system in place for the Fitted Masks.
There is a high demand for these Pleated Face Masks. Warning – these masks will not prevent you from acquiring the COVID-19 virus but may help to slow the spread with proper use. Wash and sterilize masks between uses and add a non-woven interfacing between layers. When applying masks to your face, ensure that your hands are scrupulously clean and wash hands and masks well after each use! Here are a few resources for pleated masks:
1. Bias Tape Pleated Face Mask
2. Pleated Face Mask (6″ X 9″)
3. Pleated Face Mask (7″ X 9″)
This is a great way to use up your scrap quilting cottons! We currently have three locations where the completed masks can be dropped off. Click HERE for drop-off locations.
If you are looking for supplies to make masks for family and friends, check our our new Online Shop. Thank you all for your continued support! Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.
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