Cloth Face Masks – DIY and Resources for Yourself and Others
The CDC is now recommending that Americans wear cloth masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Surgical masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for medical professionals, but even hospitals are running low. In typical awesome human form, people have been banding together to make these masks and deliver them to anyone in need. I even have a few friends who have been sewing and donating cloth masks and it gave me an inkling to pull out my old sewing machine, even if we have never really gotten along.
Many of us are wondering what we can do to stay safe and help others do the same. We wanted to share some resources with the MSA community if you would like to get involved and help!
Masks for Humanity
Masks for Humanity is the hub that connects people who need handmade face masks with people making handmade face masks.
There is a national shortage of N95 and surgical masks, and the CDC is recommending scarves and bandanas. We want to protect the people taking care of us.
Here is a space to ask for crafted masks and a place to find out how to help. Please share this project widely. The more people who know, the more people we can help.
Find requests for masks and other handmade equipment, groups that are organizing locally, patterns, and other incredible community resources for COVID-19.
Here is a link to their HUB Google doc that is an ever-growing source of requests, mask patterns, and mask requests.
Seeing how quickly people are mobilizing on this large scale was really inspiring to me.
DIY Mask Tutorials
This link has info on making a no-sew mask, a pleated mask that doesn’t require elastic, and an overhead mask.
This mask is a little more involved, but has a hand filter pocket sewn right in! The instructions are super easy to follow and very step-by-step.
This is a great basic mask tutorial if you hand sew comfortably or are comfortable on your sewing machine. You’ll need fabric and elastic.
Made of neoprene scuba material, this is a stretch mask, meaning it is likely to have a great fit for most anyone! This is perfect if you have neoprene at your disposal. You will also need velcro!
This is a no-sew mask you can make with a handkerchief/scarf and hair elastics!
Have you been making masks from home? What are your favorite patterns and resources?