There has been a lot of discussion about the use, and need for handmade face masks. You can read the CDC's most recent guidance here. With this said, we have a growing number of request from nurses, doctors, home healthcare workers and nursing homes pleading for volunteers to sew handmade masks with a pocket to accommodate a HEPA filter. As a result, we are supporting members of the community in sewing masks so that requestors can voluntarily pick them up from our office and use as they see fit based on best practices, CDC, state, and institutional guidelines at the moment.
For Beginner Sewers:
For Advanced Sewers:
These instructions for masks are the most commonly requested at this time. We have a limited amount of fabric available behind our office (6 Anderson St, Marblehead) if you need any. Elastic for the ears seem to be in high demand. If you don't have any we've seen people using hair rubber bands, or pulling elastic out of pants or sewing straps instead of ear loops. If you have a lot of elastic in your supply, please consider bringing some to the SPUR office and dropping off in the bins for others to use.*
Important: Please do not sew if you have any symptoms of illness. Please wash and dry on hot (to shrink) the fabric before sewing. Sanitize in a 1/3 C bleach / 1 G water solution, rinse and dry when completed before putting into a clean bag and dropping off to bins at our office.
*Bins behind our office are a public surface. Adhere to CDC guidelines for washing hands before and after touching bins when picking-up/dropping-off items in order to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19.