Coronavirus Mask + Gown Making Relief
(UPDATES BELOW and marked*) Definitely a double entendre. Something to do while you remain in doors, and help out your fellow man. I reshared another makers instagram post about making your own masks at home to help out while being stuck inside. Because I have no reference materials myself, I thought it may be helpful to compile a few helpful links that we found out there. Definitely reach out if you found one you like more! I'll keep adding.
*When making masks for hospitals check in with them to see what they prefer and don't just send them in.
*FU Mask Pattern I added a 13" elastic to the top for around head and 2.5' of twill cord for around the neck. Cutting up an old tshirt for straps is helpful tip for those without supplies.
*Instagram helpful video tutorial. My own personal modifications; My fabric square is 8.5"x10" and I used a 42" cord looped all the way through instead of elastic. The cord rests on top of your head and ties down at the back of neck.
This is a Great post about different fabrics you can use and their effectiveness. Go here first to determine what you have lying around that is the best option; https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/?fbclid=IwAR2wAgblHodWLjN8LHDQuf8DTJsAy4edi3lWxKuHzwMcN9rKanlPnYfqYTQ
This Instructables post has two mask options, downloadable links and pictures at important steps, just scroll down a bit. Also, child sizes! https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Cloth-Face-Mask/?fbclid=IwAR1bfqBvoh1XDUYAPbTbNAMSOknzAXQbBWaXvQv4utsSRpq-F3gYW9XwKvI
Here's a pdf download for the FU Mask And a youtube video that's very helpful; https://freesewing.org/blog/facemask-frenzy/?fbclid=IwAR1P8cz5V-Z1t-Raztq7cxtL4DsVTAgLCkFdYnabR-FolZ2RGhP7xkH5hYA
But where to send them? I had heard that Providence hospitals sent a call out for makers to make them. I would probably look locally to see who needs them in your area specifically. Any suggestions from readers who know who needs them? I will add below here;
Gotham City Quilts "This probably is obvious, but sewn masks are not as effective as medical-grade masks like the N95 masks which stop 97% of virus-sized particles (the ones we need to demand our government provide).
From the link: Data shows that DIY masks made with a single layer of cotton clothing or a tea towel can remove around 50-60% of virus-sized particles. This means they perform worse than surgical masks and FFP2 (N95) masks. Wearing the homemade masks for 3 hours had no significant effect on the filtration efficiency."
We are in contact with a nurse at Mount Sinai West in NYC who is requesting masks. They can be mailed to:
Mount Sinai West
3G Rehab Unit
ATTN: Sonia Mains
1000 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019
And here are some other drives we've found that you can donate to:
- Atlantic Health System hospitals in New Jersey are asking for masks to be dropped off
- A list of New York facilities asking for masks
- Operation: We Can Sew It in Colorado
- Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness has a list of Chicago-area places
Masks needed but also gowns! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SGh4GStsBs3gYS_tbB017lVFNSfC1aVbbUiCtN9fZlA/edit
Open Jar Studios is building a team of sewers. If you down't have a machine they can even help with that! Go to their page for more info and sign up.
NYC SEWING CALL