Let's pledge a million masks a day
Sewists, quilters, and newbies. Help us help the medical community, who have asked for homemade masks. This is a quick and easy project. The masks can be made with elastic earpieces or ties made from fabric.
These masks take about 10-15 minutes each to make.
This is something we can do while we are social distancing. Get the kids involved. Pledge to make 5 a day. That's only about 1-2 hours each day.
Note: this is information only. Nothing on this website constitutes a warranty of any kind. We know that experts believe homemade masks are not ideal, and less effective than N95, right now there is a shortage and we are asking to make masks. The CDC includes on their website: "In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for the care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort.” Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks: COVID-19, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html, last accessed Mar. 20, 2020.The information provided is to help the public with requests from our medical community. Nothing in this is medical or legal advice.
HOSPITALS ARE ASKING FOR HOMEMADE FACEMASKS
Learn what AccuQuilt is doing to help us make masks
Donate to your local medical and EMT communities
Ask or check online to see if they have requirements.
BASIC MASK PATTERN
New to sewing? Working with kids?
This is Monica Nauret's pattern from Button Counter.
Seth Hackler has modified this pattern for ties rather than elastic and added a nose piece. Here is his video on how to make it. Here is Seth making Monica's pattern.
Monica's pattern can be found at Button Counter: https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/
Listen to the latest interview about homemade masks (and sewing and quilting) on the Just Wanna Quilt podcast, our partner.