I’ll keep it short and sweet. I know we have all been hearing and reading about the Coronavirus. I know you are thinking, as am I, on what we can do to help. Some Chapters and Provinces have probably already come up with amazing ideas-but for those that haven’t and are still looking-I have a fantastic idea!
If you sew; making cotton face masks for children and adults for hospitals, nursing homes, cancer related facilities, etc. is an amazing way to help your community. The use of fabric face masks is an alternative during a crisis when all other supplies have been exhausted. We are nearing that point! Fabric face masks can be sterilized and reused as needed. Your efforts would not go unnoticed and would potentially help thousands. Please consider crafting and donating to your local health care facility.
Below are instructions used for creation.
Nu Sigma Chapter
How to make a Face Mask
What you will need
- Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best.
- Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)
- Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)
You can make two sizes: Adult or Child
- Put right sides of cotton fabric together (Cut 9″ x 6″ for Adult or 7.5″ x 5″ for Child)
- Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
- Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
- Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
- Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
- Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
- Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
- Sew around the edge of the mask twice.
It is so easy to make this.
Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.