DIY face masks: you can help healthcare providers in need

DIY face masks: you can help healthcare providers in need

Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
DIY Fabric Face Masks

The spread of COVID-19 has led to a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) among heathcare providers, and there's a serious need for various types of face masks. Makers across the country are responding to the shortage in an admirable way, sewing fabric masks from scratch and donating them where they're needed most.

Whether you're an old pro behind the sewing machine or simply want to pay it forward, you can support this craft movement.

It should be noted that fabric masks can offer a basic level of protection against the spread of germs but are not intended to be used in caring for patients with COVID-19 unless as a last resort. Also, surgical masks should not be confused with more strictly evaluated forms of PPE like the N95 Respirator.

Ways you can help with the shortage of masks

Buy a cozy sweater to support Yellowcake Shop
This small business producing women’s outerwear and accessories has been enlisted to sew hundreds of masks for local hospitals. You can help support their work by buying an artist-designed "Quarantine Edition" sweater.

Learn how to make masks with The Ruby and Jenny Lemons
This free online workshop will take place on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT. Kits are available for the cost of shipping.

Watch this video from JOANN Fabrics and Crafts on how to make a mask
This national craft supply company wants to help you make fabric masks and are even offering free supplies available on a store-by-store basis.

Follow these instructions to do it on your own
Patterns for fabric face masks abound online. Check out these step-by-step instructions from Sew Good Goods, a St. Paul-based organization working to provide fabric masks to Minnesota healthcare providers.

Donate your masks locally using this directory
Deaconess Health System has created this helpful listing of healthcare providers seeking fabric mask donations, which you can search by state.

Together, we can support makers making a difference

Artists rise to the occasion in so many ways, and it's the mission of American Craft Council to support them when they do and share their stories. As a national nonprofit, we couldn't support makers without the backing of a community of people who know just how impactful craft can be.

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