Getting Crafty Has Never Felt So Good
Face masks are in short supply, even for first responders and medical staff. While medical grade face masks are the best first line of defense against viruses such as COVID-19, supplies are in hot demand. According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response when other options are limited. Sustainable Ballard is chipping in to help – will you join us?
Volunteers and supplies are needed!
VOLUNTEERS: If you have a sewing machine and know how to use it, we would love your help with sewing masks.
SUPPLIES: We are looking for cotton fabric, thread and rope or flat elastic. If you’d like to donate any of these, please let us know.
DROP OFF/PICK UP: If you don’t sew, but still want to help, we will very likely need people to transport materials and finished masks.
Mask Making Steps: Assemble, Cut, Sew, Deliver
A. Fabric must be light-colored (so it’s easy to see when it’s soiled), cotton or cotton blend, high thread count and breathable is best. Examples: pillowcases, sheets or quilting fabric. Fabric must be pre-washed and dried. Minimum size: 8 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
B. 1/2″ bias tape – purchased or made – 2 yards per mask.
Fabric pieces should measure 8 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ — After using up your own fabrics, get fabric to cut more pieces or get pre-cut pieces from Jody. Delivery/pick-up is available as necessary. Consider volunteering to be a cutter so that sewers can work more quickly.
Download the Pattern
(Ignore the delivery instructions since we are making these for local use.)
To 2428 NW 56th Street for distribution.
What happens to the finished masks?
We are still determining where the most local need for masks is.
Questions? Suggestions for improving the process? Additions to the listserve? Source for materials? Please contact Jody (by email).