Hospital Masks

So I’m filled with anxiety about coronavirus. Two things I do to help my anxiety are to learn as much as I possibly can about my fear, and try to help others. In that vein, I’ve talked to a local hospital about whether they are running out of masks. They are. Which means they are accepting handmade masks.

Start with a front and back that is 9×6. I’m using cotton on one side and flannel on the other. Cut two 7 inch strips of elastic. There are two ways to do it, you can sew elastic into the sides, which is slightly more complex, or you can sew binding tape along the sides to make ties. Either way, make sure they are long enough.

Sew the two sides inside out with the elastic on the inside. Then flip to inside out. Pin three pleats going the same way across the front. If you’re doing the tie mask, baste the pleats in place.

Sew twice around the edge of the mask. If doing the tie, attach the binding and attach to the sides.

If you have one near you, JoAnn has materials, and guidance. I picked up a bolt of flannel, and will be using my scraps from other projects. So it’s a good deed and it’s cheap!

Haven’t finished one yet, because work is a zoo (I’m writing a webinar about the tax aspects of the government’s COVID-19 response. Hoping I can make it through with out saying clusterfuck).

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