There has been a lot of talk about sewing masks for hospital workers who are facing critical mask shortages. Some people question their effectiveness and others say that a fabric mask is better than no mask. It’s worth noting here that the Centers for Disease Control have gone on record to say that homemade masks can be used as a last resort. The Craft Industry Alliance has also weighed in on the topic.
We’re not here to take a position on this debate. But for those who may have masks at home and who are also able to stay home, we have a suggestion. Why not sew masks for yourself and donate the stash you have to health workers? Some hospitals are also requesting fabric masks. Before sewing, check with your local hospital to see whether they are asking for mask donations. And if they don’t have a preferred pattern, you can choose one from the links below.
- This article from SmartAirFilters.com has really useful graphics showing the results of a study by University of Cambridge researchers, to determine the effectiveness of various substrates in face masks.
- This article from Forbes discusses efforts in the sewing community to make face masks and has links to some patterns.
- This pattern made by a nurse is designed to stand alone or be worn over an N95 respirator. The author notes that this pattern is for use as a last resort, and doesn’t replace medical-grade masks. She also provides some information about conflicting information published in peer-reviewed medical journals, about the efficacy of homemade masks.
- JOANN Fabrics has posted several tutorials for face mask sewing on this page.
There’s some good news, too. Providence, which had started an appeal called the 100 Million Mask Challenge for their providers in Washington state, is now saying that local manufacturers have heard their call and will begin to produce medical-grade masks and face shields for them. They have left up the links to their patterns for masks and shields for other healthcare providers who might need them.
We’re so grateful to all the people working to keep us healthy and to save lives right now! And if a mask can help someone, all the better.
I haven’t been on Pinterest much lately, so just a couple of images for you. Does the photo below, left, remind you of our Afternoon Tea Blouse like it reminds me? Also, I’m fascinated that the blouse on the right includes four different printed fabrics, three of which are the same print in different colorways. Crazy, and it somehow works!
- I think this is the most important thing I read this week. What we’re feeling is grief.
- Fleishman is in Trouble was my absolute favorite book I read last year, so I’m eager to read some of the other must-read books on this list.
- Speaking of masks, this is a very interesting story of the N95 mask. (If you have any at home, donate them to your nearest hospital!)
- Wishing you could travel right now? Visit some of our museums here in Spain for free from your sofa! Also, these behind-the-scenes videos from the Prado are just wonderful, especially if you speak Spanish.
- I’ve been doing the seven-minute workout combined with most of these exercises in my kitchen every morning, and it’s a pretty powerful workout!
- A thoughtful piece on working from home and the clothing we choose.
Bluprint’s Free Creativity Care Package
We wanted to make you aware of this super generous offer from our friends at Bluprint in case you are stuck at home right now.
Join them for “Craft More Happy Moments” to receive free, unlimited access to all their video content (knitting, sewing, baking, drawing, family crafts, and more–over 1300 classes!) through April 9, 2020. It’s a great solution to cabin fever.
There is no credit card needed to take advantage of this generous offer, but you will need to create an account with them if you don’t have one already. Follow this link to join in and get started. Happy creating!
And with that I wish you a very happy weekend. Stay safe and healthy, and guess what? Next Monday I’ll start introducing our newest Liesl + Co. patterns for spring!