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Keep Calm and Sew a Mask
You may have heard that our hospitals and health care workers are experiencing a critical shortage of masks and that we can help by sewing and donating fabric face masks. While fabric masks are not what we would wish for our health care providers, it is currently where we're at. In the event that they do have access to proper N95 rated masks these cloth masks can help them extend the life of those, and it is a tangible sign of our support and solidarity. 

We've received direct requests and know many of you are already making masks for various hospitals. There is a facebook group called Masks for Everyday Heroes which you can join as either a medical provider in need or a maker. It has set up a google doc for coordination. However, knowing that the wealth of online resources and groups can be overwhelming, we are offering our store as a point of coordination as well. We are happy to be a drop off (or mail to) place for you and then we will take care of the distribution.  
We've also gathered some mask making tutorials for you as well. Here is a step by step one with photos put together by our instructor Martha: How to Make a Face Mask as well as a video tutorial of a similar simple mask put out by a hospital: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

Most of these tutorials call for 1/4" or 1/8" elastic, but if you have trouble finding it you can attach 15" fabric or ribbon ties to each corner and that works as well. You can also sew longer straps along either the long or short side of the mask as long as it results in 15" ties. For more details, you can see here a video tutorial here:
 https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/

There are a variety of mask options and we encourage you to make any style that you prefer. Here are some more options: 
And if the instruction "make some tucks" leaves you wishing for more detail, this is our favorite video for showing an easy way to make the pleats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRdpEqwuF_0&feature=youtu.be

At times of crisis we always see quilters and sewists looking for ways to engage and help. This is an important and urgent need that we can help meet now. And as we're all isolated at home, we would love to see pictures of what you make, or share them on Instagram/Facebook so that we can encourage each other. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need anything!
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