Face Masks: Sewing, Donating, Requesting
Wearing a mask is a simple and necessary step to minimize your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. Face masks are no longer in short supply and are easy to purchase online or at a local store.
To Request Face Masks: Peacham residents can request face masks using the Peacham Mutual Aid form.
To Sew Face Masks: There are LOTS of designs available if you would prefer to make your own face masks. The design below was highly recommended by a trusted local nurse of 40 years, for the following reasons:
- You can download and cut out the entire pattern, taking the guesswork out. Visit this YouTube video for clear, professional directions and more information from St. Luke’s Foundation.
- The design includes a wonderful pouch that will allow the wearer to optionally place a hepa filter inside. The website suggests using a hepa vacuum cleaner bag.
- 100% washable. Take the filter out to wash and reinsert later.
- The pattern mimics a real face and the seal is far superior to the run of the mill masks.
- When making for the general public, the pattern uses 2 hair tie elastics which are simpler to sew on and more comfortable to wear. They fit comfortably around the ear.
- There is room to add a pipe cleaner at the top, which adds to the contour fit. You can sew this in to keep it in place.
- These really fit the contour of your face far better than the others.
- They take approximately 20 minutes to make, once you get the hang of it.
No sew face masks: Here are two quick methods of making face masks without the need for sewing. Click on the image below to open a PDF file.