Here is a link to some of the MASKS that WE at the Indiana Quilt Depot and OUR many CLIENTS and CUSTOMERS have made in response to the current Situation. View them and get some inspiration. IQD MASKS
There is a shortage of Face Masks & some of the local Health Facilities and Hospitals are asking individuals to make Cloth Face Masks… We have had a number of requests for patterns, supplies and kits…. We are going to do our best to supply the demand.
As some of you are aware, I spent a number of years as a Preventive Medicine Officer in the Army. That has caused me to be exceptionally cautious as to the information I rely on and I CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT to pass on BAD information… For instance, there is a video of how to make a facemask from a paper towel and rubber-bands… As a positively last ditch effort maybe.. We will be reviewing and updating information as we can….
Please realize that this information is presented as service and the Indiana Quilt Depot cannot take responsibility for use of this data. We cannot guarantee using these will prevent you from catching a virus but it is a LAYER of PROTECTION… This virus is primarily respiratory in nature so ANY additional barrier has to help there are various studies on line as to the effectiveness of masks.
Here is what the CDC has to say on the issue:
HCP [HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL] use of homemade masks:
In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.
We will emphasize that the above is the CDC's guidance to HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. They recommend for HCP's that cloth masks be used with Face shields, understandable! Now, You are in most cases NOT going to be in direct physical contact treating effected persons... You DO NOT require the same level of protection.... Let's use this analogy of racecar drivers. A racecar driver wears GLOVES, A HELMET, and a FIRE-RETARDENT SUIT, and BOOTS when he goes out on the track... DO YOU have such an outfit when you go drive, Probably not. Why, because your level of risk does not justify it. For day to day activities, a face mask should do you fine. This morning (25 March) there was a doctor on TV that stated they believe the use of facemasks by the public in other countries as HELPED "flatten the curve"..
It might be good to remember that prior to the advent of our modern disposable age, hospitals here in the United States used Cloth Masks which were sterilized and used time and time again. And they are still used in many of the less developed countries of the world.
The DEACONESS MASK
In our area, Deaconess Hospital was the first to request public assistance in manufacture of Surgical Facemasks. This mask utilizes ONLY 100% cotton.
Here is their Printed Pattern/Instructions as published, in PDF format.
Here is a link to their VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS
IF you are making multiple masks, WE at the Indiana Quilt Depot came up with some CUTTING DIRECTIONS for this mask>
These directions use TWO (2) Fat Quarters Inside and outside.. They will make EITHER THREE (3) ADULT Sized Masks OR FOUR (4) CHILDRENS. From the TWO (2) Fat/4's. These instructions provide for ties.
SQUARE SURGICAL MASK WITH POCKET
This is pretty Much the SAME as the Deaconess Mask but Has a Pocket for the insertion of a non-woven or filtration layer.
While the end product looks the same, THE above cutting instruction for the Deaconess Mask will not provide for this pattern.
These are the simple rectangular masks so they are not as form fitting and maybe provide the seal you’d like….
In that case, there is another pattern for you provided by FREESEWING.ORG You can print the Fu-MASK PATTERN here.
Freesewing.org has a great Fu-MASK Video using this pattern.
WHAT IS NICE about this video & INSTRUCTIONS, is it details what to do IF YOU DON'T HAVE ELASTIC
This is the LINK to the Husqvarna (VP3) Design (This is the zip file) For machines other than H-V, please follow the links below:
You've been asking, and now it's here -- download Embroidery Library's FREE in-the-hoop face mask design today!
The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has created a shortage of protective equipment for doctors, nurses, other health care providers, and patients. Many health care centers have issued requests for homemade masks -- and around the globe, sewists are answering the call.
That's why we've created this new face mask machine embroidery design. It's created for comfort and durability, and is available in two sizes, for adults (6"x10" hoop) and children (5"x7" hoop). While this mask is not rated for disease prevention, the CDC has posted new guidelines stating that in a crisis, a shortage of standard face masks can be supplemented by other fabric face coverings. You can use materials you likely already have on hand, and follow our instructions to stitch masks completely in the hoop.
We invite you to join us in stitching to help address this urgent need for our medical community. Visit Embroidery Library today to get this Face Mask (In-the-Hoop) design and learn more about how to stitch masks and where to donate -- plus, pick up a We're All In This Together freebie too!