As we all shelter in place and wait with dread, trying to guess when the worst of the coronavirus outbreak will be over, hospital staff are suffering a shortage of necessary supplies to help patients without getting sick themselves. A friend who runs the Hastings Sewing Studio sent an email with all the instructions on how to make a face mask, a proeject for the sewing community and the ambitious that will occupy your mind and help others.
While only 50% effective, and meant to be used as a last resort per CDC guidelines, hospitals are already making their own face masks, and there are hospitals in the country that have asked for homemade masks.
A Midwest health system called Deaconess now has a database of clinics and hospitals seeking masks; this is their list of NYC organizations seeking mask donations. Bushwick textile studio and boutique Better than Jam has a list of other resources.
Beyond making masks for health care workers, you can also undertake this project for yourself, an immunocompromised friend or relative in quarantine, or for a Corona Courier messenger (email them if you’d like to donate one to a volunteer messenger delivering supplies to New Yorkers in need of home delivery).
Following are the DIY face mask instructions from Hastings Sewing Studio: