Updated: Jul 7
One of my colleagues said to me that one day we will look back at this uncertain time and say 'What did you do during the pandemic?' and it really struck a cord with me and I thought to myself, what can I do?
I can stress out unnecessarily about everything, that wouldn't be of any help; I can make a pretty decent Banana Cake, but unless the masses want to put on an extra stone in weight (like someone!) then that is not going to be helpful either.
Finally I remembered that I can in-fact sew - you would have thought that would come to me first!
From there I began looking into making home made face masks. I trialed a few and finally settled on the excellent pattern by Craft Passion. Not only is the pattern completely free, there is also a step by step guide on how to make them and all you need is a sewing machine - an added bonus is there are also sizes for children!
I joined an excellent group on Facebook which allows care providers and professionals to make requests for PPE and then volunteers can create it for them. In the first few weeks I managed to create 50 masks using a mixture of my own fabric and fabric donated to me by very wonderful members of our community.
I am currently in the process of making more and getting them out into the community. As it becomes clearer each day just how much of a difference they make, I will continue to make them for those in need.
For those of you wanting to start your sewing journey but are perhaps a bit nervous, this is a great project to start with. You will need two layers of tight woven cotton blend - anything with any stretch to the fabric will not provide the level of protection needed as the holes between the weave are too wide and some thin elastic (cord is better). Woven cotton is wonderful to work with because it doesn't wiggle like stretch fabric, and creating these masks will give you a sense of pride and purpose too.
Let me know how you get on! And if you need any help doesn't hesitate to get in contact - the more we can do together the better.
Thank you to all the Key workers out there being bloody fantastic everyday!