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Keep Calm and Sew a Mask

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

22 Comments

  • Carol Tierney

    Madeira Corporate Office, Laconia, NH 800-225-3001
    I was wondering if their backing material could be used as filtering agent for masks. I was in the embroidery business a long time ago and this can be stitched through and washed. If you look at an item that has been embroidered, you will see the backing on the inside. Madeira sells this by the roll and this could go a long way. They have different types like EZ Tear away and more permanent types. This way they could be sewn in when making masks. I hope this helps.

  • Cynthia McCabe

    Thank you for providing this video. I would love to be able to help. I do have a sewing machine available and the skills. Can “kits” be purchased? I do not believe I have any elastic which I think would be superior to ties. Also, I am in PA – where would we send these when completed? Thank you. Cyndi McCabe

    • Christine

      Hi Cynthia,

      We are not selling kits but we are donating fabrics to local groups, You can definitely use ties instead of elastic. We recommend calling local hospitals, nursing homes and essential businesses to see if they need masks, the answer is usually yes!

      Thank you!

  • Terri Morgan

    I am part of the Keepsake Quilting London Blues and have not received my second month. Will this be delivered soon. I have left a voicemail message too. Please please please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Terri

  • Laura Hausman

    My family is OK at home. So far 3 week at home and now it is starting to get pretty boring. So now I am looking for project and because getting milk and egg is going out of our security zone I will be making 3 masks. I read where workshop blue wipe up were denser and protect 60% more than other filters. So I will use your design and cotton fabric with the wipe up to make my masks. My best wisher for a health year. Laura

  • Bonnie Harrington

    You say you have a pattern for mask but you didn’t post it. My daughter is a nurse and works at two hospitals. One of the hospitals have 29 people on ventilators. I would like to make her some for other nurses. She has the specialisted one cuz she works in icu. Please help

    • Christine

      Hi Betty,

      As we are not medical professionals, we don’t have a proof-positive filter recommendation, however we have read that you should not use a vacuum bag filter as there are traces of fiberglass in there.

  • Deidre Jenkins

    Sending kits to NH? Where are you sending them to, because I can’t find it on the website and I thought that the store was closed. I was in there on the 3rd to the last day and there was practically nothing left.

  • Gloria Baker

    I didn’t see the instructions on line, so I’m guessing you are providing it and/or the kits for making the cloth masks through this comment space. Please send me a pattern that is recommended. I’m observing the stay-at-home directive and would like to have a meaningful project.

    Just heard from my husband that we have had our first Covid death here in little Wilmington, VT.

  • Leslie

    It would also be outstanding to make these masks available to seriously immunocompromised folks. Many don’t have a sewing machine, nor any material to make a mask with. They are at greatest risk for getting infected from less concentrated amounts of the virus and then perishing from it.

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