Calling All Sewers!
Looking for a way to show your support for healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic? We have a project for you! UNC-Hospitals has requested masks for its healthcare personnel and patients in the wake of major shortages.
The masks will be used as covers for the hard to get N-95 masks to increase their longevity and to wear when no other masks are available. These simple-to-sew masks may give you some solace from all the news headlines and a bit of joy, knowing you are doing something tangible to make a difference. READ MORE
Members of the Arts Ministry have been pre-cutting 100% cotton fabric for the masks and cutting lengths of elastic to hold them on. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, you will be able to pick up a pack of 10 to sew. Later, if you decide you’d like to make more, you can get additional packets. If you have a fabric stash that includes 100% light- to mid-weight cotton in solid colors or small prints, you can choose to cut your own 9 x 6” fabric pieces. If the fabric has not been pre-washed you will need to wash it in hot water so it will be pre-shrunk before sewing. Despite the shortage, we have been fortunate to get 100 yards of elastic and have 100 more on the way! Here is a link to instructions on how to make a mask provided by Deaconess Hospital: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask
The short video near the end provides a quick demonstration of the sewing process that is very helpful.
If you have any questions you can’t find the answers to here or in the instructions, please call Joyce at the number above or Rachel Nicholson at 919 847 6702.