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LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE - MAKE FACE MASKS FOR CANADA

The coronavirus pandemic is causing a nationwide shortage of face masks leaving our healthcare professionals at risk. Local community members are hoping to ease that burden through homemade mask making.
9th APRIL

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FACE MASK SUPPLIES & VIDEOS
We are all aware that many much needed items are not available to purchase,face masks are one of these items. Fortunately we can step up and helped with the shortage. Quilters always have fat quarters and extra fabric, there is a shortage of elastic through out N. America - we have stock at present.

MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO


Two types of masks are being made.
One is of POLYMESH and Cotton fabrics and the other of Cotton only.
Fire Department are desperate for these Masks -
* StitchintheDitch* are bringing in supplies to help Canadians provide masks for family, for nursing homes, hospitals, fire departments, homeless and more.
Polypropylene Fabric ( really hard to get) used as insert filters, POLYMESH fabric also recommend for inserts, we have added products that are selling fast for the inserts. Inserts possible 2+ layers of filter fabric.


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UPDATE

*Nurse said she’d like to change her outer mask (our masks) between each COVID-19 patient (covering her n95 mask) so she would like to have a number on hand.
And our masks also serve as a reminder not to touch your face!
*Leaving a slot at back of mask to allow a filter to be added is a great idea regardless of the pattern you use.
*Remember - Nurses wash and reuse these cloth masks.
Input from Men-
They need to be slightly wider (taller vertically!) so they can reach from above the nose to below the chin. Some Men are bigger and some women are smaller. Drs prefer ties around the head or elastic around the head - not around the ear.



**Pattern arrived for hospital mask as in Video below rectangle cut - 9x12

COTTON ONLY MASK - SUGGEST YOU ADD INTERFACING
Why add interfacing? t
he more layers the better protection, add several layers of a filter, and it will block a much greater % of particles.
Change filters frequently, if using coffee filters then throw away, if hepa filters throw away.
If making your inserts with Poly mesh you can take out and wash - have several to replace, would suggest you make your polymesh with 3 or more layers to go inside the opening for the filter.

Information we received
"Some of masks wouldn't let the air flow through," which is a drawback, Burken explained
"If the air can't get through, it'll just bypass around the sides."
You can tell if a filter won't allow adequate airflow by breathing through it while wearing glasses.
"If it fogs up your glasses, then the air ... is going up and around the filter.
It's not filtering those aerosols,"
WHEN YOU TAKE OFF YOUR MASK

When removing mask avoid touching surfaces on the mask/covering that are likely to be contaminated and avoid inadvertently letting the mask touch otherwise “sterile” surfaces / objects.
Handle the used mask in a working zone that can be disinfected after usage. Disinfect the mask in this zone or where possible place directly into a washing machine and wash with detergent.
If disinfection is not immediately possible then place the mask in a plastic sealable sack until possible.
Disinfect the working zone.
Disinfect any surfaces in and around one’s safe zone that were touched while entering back into the safe zone.
Disinfect hands with hand sanitizer or wash with soap and water.


The Crafty Quilter has added a pattern and instructions to a blog

for everyone to read/ copy or share





Polypropylene/ Polymesh and Cotton fabrics PATTERN LARGE
LINK TO VIDEO

Pattern supplies for the Olson Mask This is the one the Fire Department requested
You can interface the front of fabric with non woven fabric, leave opening for Filter - Use Tie Strings if no elastic



MANY PREFER THE OVER HEAD ELASTIC OR TIES

1/2" or 3/8" Elastic - this is best for elastic straps that will go around the head instead of the ears. And yes, many professionals prefer that.




Another Pattern you can print supplied by the Sweet Red Poppy

HOSPITAL GOWNS NEEDED PATTERN HERE

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