So, in an effort to direct our efforts to where we can start to help - we are offering a drop off bin outside our front door (It will be there during our modified hours* of 10am - 2pm from Tuesday through Saturday). *We are closed to the public, but will provide curbside pick up for phone/online orders.
Please drop your donations off without any packaging - directly into the bin. We are currently working with St. Joseph's hospital staff who will retrieve them - laundering will commence and they will be placed into service. THANK YOU!Here is what to do:
- Do what works best for you as I have been assured that for now, anything is welcome....and needed.
- Please pre-wash your fabrics, to provide for shrinkage and dye loss. These will be laundered in harsher conditions than our typical household laundry so a little pre-care is a good idea.
- Elastic or fabric ties...we are out of elastic and we've been told elastic won't hold up to the sterilizing process for long so fabric ties are fine too!
- If you can leave a pocket opening for a layer of fabric to be inserted - that is ideal. They are trying to source a filtration layer and will do that if we leave an opening.
- Please use multiple layers. A 3rd inner layer is preferred - interfacing, something densely woven for example - batiks are great options!
The videos and tutorials I have linked to here, are simple rectangles and don't require a specific shaped template piece. I referred to @spontaneousthreads IG post for dimensions and this youtube video that I don't understand it but visually it works!
- Ties are 2 pieces cut 2inch x 34 inch (I think about 28 inches is better)
- Mask pieces are 3 layers of 8inch x 10.5 inch Update: this is a large mask...other pattern designs call for smaller cuts which might fit more people 6 x 9 seems about right.
- If you have the skill / ability to insert the wire or twist tie at one edge as seen in some examples that is a bonus!
Another option: this gives great tutorial layout for either ties or elastic! Thanks Cheryl!
And here is one that provides for the sleeve/pocket:
easy to sew how to make a face mask
This one includes examples of the wire edge:
Deaconess - How to make a Face Mask
Please let us know if you have any questions about what to do!!!