Let’s make a difference! In response to the growing need for personal protective equipment (PPE), the CDC is now approving the use of home-sewn masks. When combined with face shields or filters, these masks can lengthen the life of protective equipment.*
At Keepsake Quilting and Pineapple Fabrics, our caring staff is cutting kits and sewing masks for this great need. We’ve reached out to local guild members in our community, both in North Carolina and New Hampshire, and we’re sending free mask-making kits as well as dropping off completed masks to essential personnel at local hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centers, and essential businesses. We’re committed to doing our part and helping to keep people safe during these uncertain times.
If you’d like to join in, check out the face mask pattern we’re using, by Made Everyday with Dana (no elastic required), and bust your stash for this much-needed cause. Together we can help protect our beloved community and those on the front lines helping us to stop the spread of COVID-19.
We’d like to thank our partners in this effort, Andover Fabrics, Henry Glass Co, Studio E Fabrics, Blank Quilting, FreeSpirit Fabrics, for their generous donations of fabric.
Thank you and stay well!
-The Kimelman Family
From the CDC:
In settings where facemasks are not available, healthcare personnel (HCP) might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.
*Please be aware, these masks are not 100% effective in keeping germs and viruses away and are not medical-grade protection.
Pattern courtesy of Made Everyday with Dana