Making Face Masks

Put Your Sewing Talents to Use Making Face Masks
Friday, 04/03/2020, 04:30 PM - Thursday, 12/31/2020, 11:45 PM

From novice to expert sewers, we are calling you to action.  From grocery store workers to medical professionals to anyone working or running an "Essential Business" during this time, they need your  help to keep their employees protected.  Additionally with the new mandates, we are all supposed to be wearing masks when we go outside now.

Please find attached the following files to assist you and/or your entire family to help make these face masks.  When completed, please text Colleen Ster at 858-752-3286 for directions on where to drop off your finished product as we will be getting updates daily from area hospitals and philanthropy agencies on their immediate needs.  Please note that many philanthropies are not open to the public, so we are coordinating specific times for our SBPC donations to be delivered to their clients.

1. Fabric Tips:
New research has discovered that some fabrics are better than others at filtering out viral particles. The quick test is to hold your fabric up to the light and if the fabric allows for a substantial amount of light to shine through, then it will likely also allow tiny viral particles through, as well.  For more detailed research on this topic, please go to the Research on Best Fabric to Use header below.

Some sewing project materials may be hard to find on-line, so be creative with your supplies at home.  If you can't find or don't have elastic at home, then use ribbon, bias tape, or sew your own strips that can be used to hold your mask in place.

2. No-Sew Face Mask Instructions from the Surgeon General:

Research on Best Fabric to Use:
According to NBC News,  Dr. Scott Segal, chair of anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has stated that "you have to use relatively high-quality cloth...You do want to use a woven fabric, like batik, but you don't want to use a knit fabric, because the holes between the knit stitches are bigger."  Hence, cotton T-shirts have been discovered to not be the best fabric to use to make face masks.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center suggests using tightly woven fabrics for do-it-yourself facial coverings and Kaiser Permanente is also calling for two layers of cotton fabrics. 

*picture courtesy of Julianne Weeks

According to US News & Report, "it is important to note that covering your face with a piece of cloth won't protect you. But, it could help you from spreading the virus if you're like some people who lack symptoms and don't know they have it.

Organizations/Philanthropies in Need of Masks:
- Ladle Fellowship
- Ronald McDonald House
- San Diego Rescue Mission

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