Yesterday, I had a phone call with my sister. She is a nurse practitioner who works in a cancer clinic. They are out of face masks, and they are not expected to get any more for a while. She has to treat patients without a mask.
I offered to make her some fabric masks. While they are not as effective as medical grade masks, they are better than nothing.
She asked for 2-layer masks in light colors. The light color allows her to see easily any foreign material that may have splattered onto the mask.
I’m using the Deaconess face mask pattern. Click the link to see printed instructions as well as a video on how to make the masks.
If you want to help make face masks, check with your local hospitals and clinics first. Not all places want homemade face masks. You can also check Million Masks A Day, organized by Just Wanna Quilt, for a list of places accepting homemade mask donations.
After work yesterday, I made 8 face masks, and I will mail those mails out today. I plan to make more each day this week. Each mask takes about 15 minutes to make.
The Deaconess face mask pattern uses double-layered fabric and elastic bands. They are triple pleated. I used batik fabric because it has a denser weave than regular quilting cotton. These face masks are double-stitched so they will hold up well to multiple washings. I made 7 masks with elastic and 1 mask with ties. My sister is going to let me know which style she prefers.
Here’s a look at the masks that I made:
Stay safe and happy quilting!