Hello friends and makers,
In the spirit of time and urgency with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we've decided to start our first ever online tutorial about how to make fabric masks.
Lisa Bunnage is our expert upcycler and she will be showing you step by step how to make a Fabric Mask at home.
There are many tutorials available online and this tutorial will include a sewing machine.
Here are the things you'll need:
- Recording of the Live Facebook Tutorial
- Written Instructions and Pattern - download here
- A Sewing Machine
- Type: lightweight non-stretch cotton, quilting cotton, bed sheet fabric.
- Dimensions: the size of 2 x letter-sized pieces of paper for each mask)
- Recommended using a darker colour fabric or a print for the outer side and a lighter colour fabric for the inside (the part that touches your face).
- Thread: any type
- Elastic: recommended ¼ “ wide and 13” long
- Wire: 4” long thin wire that is pliable to form around the bridge of your nose.
Live Facebook Q&A With Lisa After The Tutorial
Fabric masks are not PPE and are not meant to be used by healthcare workers as they are not as effective as the N95 masks.
However, many service providers nationally and internationally that have no access to N95, have asked the maker community to make fabric masks so they have some protection, even if not as effective as the N95 while they provide service to vulnerable communities.
Please also note, that we strongly suggest getting in touch with the organizations that are in need of these fabric masks, before making the masks so materials and effort do not go to waste.
There are a number of Facebook groups that have people from various organizations posting about the needs for masks and we strongly suggest that you coordinate with them directly which masks they need (if there's a particular pattern or materials they require to use), how many and how are the masks getting to them (pickup/drop off/shipping etc).