Making Masks at home!
All across America, people with sewing machines are mobilizing to produce millions of face masks. Google “DIY facemask” and hundreds of posts will appear. They are simple to make and you only need some 100% cotton fabric and ¼” elastic. These fabric facemasks can protect the public while saving the limited supply of surgical-quality masks for our health care workers.
Here at Artistree, we sprang into action Monday morning! Ben gave us the prompt, and Finnie came to look for materials in our Fabric Arts room (thanks to Rachel for having the fabric all ready and the elastic organized!). She left supplies inside the front door for our crafters. Fiona was already sewing away but was low on elastic, so Ashley scored some from the Grange’s costume shop. Marie then came by for materials and to borrow a sewing machine, as she is setting up her own little production line with some kids stuck at home (of course they are keeping 6-ft away from each other!) Kathleen came by and scored a huge bundle of the needed elastic, left some at Artistree and took more to the General Store for a group sewing out of Barnard. Lisa is sewing away with a group in Reading/ Plymouth, and Deb is home scouring through miles of fabric for just the right prints. (Might as well make them “artsy”!) Hope you all will join us as we Keep Calm and Sew On!
Information from DHMC about making masks and where to drop them off can be found here - www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/patient-education/sewing-masks. The best fabric to use is 100% cotton sheeting, prints or solids, although any cotton fabric will do (consider how it will feel on the face!) Do pre-wash your fabrics, but don’t worry about washing your masks after sewing, as hospitals will disinfect all donations. Each mask takes 2- 6”x9” rectangles of fabric (some people suggest adding lightweight fusible) and 2-7” strips of elastic.
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ArtisTree has a few sewing machines available to borrow if you would like to create your own masks at home. Please email email@example.com to reserve one of our machines and set a time to pick one up.
The Barnard General Store also has donations of elastic and fabric available.