Sewing Masks for Hospital Use
Karen Franzmeier is sewing masks for hospital use, and invites you to, as well!
If your kids and youth are looking for things to do, here they are! (Being a teacher, I STILL try new things and have others try it…..if other ideas come into your mind and give new suggestions….great!)
FIRST…Follow the three tasks below. Put them all together. Make 10, 20 or 30 of these and either give the stack to a seamstress, or save it for you to sew yourself (if so, continue past the first three steps for sewing instructions).
1) To make an important face mask: Find tight-woven cotton or muslin fabric you can use. Cut 2 – 6” x 9” pieces of fabric. JoAnn Fabric is open so you MAY be able to purchase some if you can’t find any (other fabric stores may have the materials – some are offering kits for this purpose).
2) See if you can find 1/4″ or 3/8” elastic thread. Cut 2 – 7” elastic thread or elastic type strings. Two are needed to make one mask.
3) Find thread of the same color of the fabric. Place these three items together and make more!
4) Place the fronts of both pieces of fabric together. In between the fabric, place one piece of elastic in a corner diagonally (so the elastic touches the corners of the short side); place the other elastic piece at the opposite end in the same way. Sew the back sides and elastic pieces, and leave an opening so the fabric can be opened. Sew it again, the same way as before so it will be stronger.
5) Reverse and pull the front out of the opening so now you have the right sides facing out. Use your iron to get it all to meet nicely. Sew around close to the edges.
6) Using pins, make three folds evenly on the sides. Iron the edges. Now sew those sides so the edges stay together. On the photo, I sewed the right side and left the left side open so you can see the edges. Sew it together on that side, too.
7) Try it on….. the elastic sides go around your ear(s).
There are lots of other resources online right now for doing this project…Sew Good is one example. As we “look for the helpers” under the circumstances, we can also be the helpers!