We’re taking a new direction with today’s blog based on an inspired conversation that we had on Friday’s Instagram Live with our friend Nate Housberg. During our conversation about all things college sailing, Olympic sailing, fitness, and mindset; Nate filled us in that he’s been making masks and bringing them to local healthcare providers to give some relief to the shortage during COVID19.
Nate learned to stitch sails while doing Olympic sailing and has applied his skill to making a difference. Here’s more from Nate: “This is the guide that I used for my mask https://freesewing.org/docs/patterns/fu/
Here’s the Cutting template https://freesewing.org/fu-facemask-freesewing.org.letter.pdf
A YouTube video on a different way to make the face mask https://amp.courierpress.com/amp/2865273001
The best fabric to use is %100 cotton fabric, but tightly woven, like tea-towels or cotton broadcloth. Though, if this is just for personal protection and you wash it frequently, then other fabrics are okay. The reason is that the virus lives longer on synthetic fabrics like polyester than it does on cotton.
Elastic is really hard to come by these days, because of the increased demand, but shoelaces or ribbon will work.
This is a way to connect mask makers with those in need of masks.
Contact your organization before you make the masks to double check the design or patterns that they prefer. Some prefer patterned or colored fabric so they don’t get confused with professional grade surgical masks once in the hospital setting. So have fun with designs!
Masks once delivered to a healthcare facility will usually be run through their laundry services before use and will either be used over N95 masks or will be given to non-infectious disease personnel like cleaners home care nurses and admin workers in order to free up more masks for front-lines healthcare workers.
I document all the masks that I make and my tips and tricks on my Instagram @robalaundry. (I will post a video today on how to make a mask for yourself without needing any stitches at all!)
If you don’t end up connecting with healthcare, the CDC just recommended all people, where masks when interacting with other people because %25 of cases may be asymptomatic and many cases are contagious before symptoms show. So make some for your friends and family.
If you don’t have a sewing machine and you want to make one for yourself this is how to make one with needle thread and a reusable grocery bag:
When wearing your own mask, treat it like underwear, wash it at least once a day. Put it on and take it off with clean hands and without touching the face part of it. And avoid touching the face part of it while wearing it.”
Thanks for the inspiration, Nate. Now, let’s all get to work!