Hello, all! I am not sure who all sews in your church and if you would have either the supplies or time on hand - but we are running out of face masks in our health care community. We understand that the handmade masks are not preventing the virus from entering the system, ( "The only mask that the CDC considers safe from you getting the coronavirus, the only way to actually prevent you from inhaling it, is the N95 mask," Captain Michael Doyle, a U.S. Army New York National Guard physician assistant, told USA TODAY), but they are some help (blocking large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose.") and they also discourage people from touching their faces.
Even if you do not have the exact materials, anything is better than nothing. Please remember that the experts do not recommend that we wear these masks if we are well or are isolating. They are particularly for those who are caring for someone who is infected with the virus or showing symptoms. Even those infected should not wear them in isolation - only if they go out in public which is ill-advised unless they are headed to a medical facility for treatment.
Thank you so much for considering this and for sharing with anyone you know who might be willing to create masks. Pastor Candace can pick them up from your home. Call her at BBH - 671-6029. Just place the masks in a bag and she will drop by keeping the six feet distance.
This video from Joann Fabrics talks about how to make a mask: https://www.joann.com/how-to-make-a-face-mask/042188731P321.html or these directions: How To Make a Face Mask SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
1) Cotton Fabric - at least 12"X9" 2) Lightweight Fusible Interfacing 12" X9" 3) 1/4" Elastic 4) Basic Sewing Supplies
1. Download the pattern by clicking "download PDF" below Print Description on the right. (see Joann fabric website) 2. Cut 1 pattern piece, on the fold, out of the cotton fabric and lightweight interfacing 3. Apply fusible interfacing to wrong side of cotton fabric using an iron. 4. Fold fabric right sides together, matching 9-inch sides. 5. Sew along the 9 inch side, using 1/4" seam allowance and leaving a space 3" wide in the center to turn mask right side out. 6. Cut 2 pieces of elastic 7 inches long. Insert into the corners of the two open ends of the mask and pin into place. Sew across sides, backstitching well over the elastic, to secure the elastic in place. Substitute elastic with 4- 16" Fabric Ties at each corner. Any light-medium weight, non-woven interfacing is appropriate for this project. 7. Turn mask right side out and press seams flat. 8. Using pattern as a guide, fold up 3 pleats on each side, making sure the pleats are folded in the same direction. Pin into place. 9. Top stitch around the entire mask, securing the pleats and closing the opening.
YouTube also has some instructional videos on making face masks.