On sewing DIY Face Masks to give away

On sewing DIY Face Masks to give away is something I’ve been sharing in my recent pen pal letters.

 In preparing for writing today’s post, I’m sharing two specific articles I found most helpful on DIY making masks for wearing during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Helen's sewing machine from her "Sew Much to Know" March 2, 2015 AnchoredScraps blog post

You'll want to check out the Guideposts website article on "How to Make a DIY Face Mask" with pattern, and reference to Jo-Ann Fabrics

First, there is the article over at Guideposts from last week shares about A simple craft can provide needed supplies and personal peace of mind.”

It includes a step-by-step guide courtesy from the Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. And it shares video tutorials link from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.

Suay Sew Shop

Secondly, I was reading about “Using blue shop towels in homemade face masks”. It shares about Suay Sew Shop article in Business Insider last week. I came across it over at PeakProsperity from their blog post on Saturday. 

The article is “Using blue shop towels in homemade face masks can filter particles 2x to 3x better than cotton, 3 clothing designers discover after testing dozens of fabrics”.

It is a great article. It is encouraging reading what they are already accomplishing.

One of the highlights for me:

“The team also discovered the mask held 95% of its filtration abilities after up to three machine washes.”

Furthermore, I’m including a link to their GoFundMe the article references.

“Schempf said she found a lab in Kansas City making COVID-19 testing kits that was willing to test their masks, but the testing fee is $40,000. She’s started a GoFundMe to raise the money and to fund mask-production efforts in her area of rural Michigan.”

Michigan Mask Response/Research Fund GoFundMe, Image Suay Sew Shop's masks

So in circling back full circle from the beginning of this post, in my recent letter writing, I have been sharing about wanting to sew some face masks to be giving them away. It looks like I have a LOT of fabric on hand from a very generous person from last year. I’m looking at what fabrics work best from that box. I will have more on it and that fabric in a follow-up post.

Join me tomorrow for my Wednesday blog post. I’ll have the sign-up reply for the AnchoredScraps Meet & Greet for later this week. Thank you again for continuing to be on this daily blog journey with me! 

Anchors Aweigh,  


Attribution & Thank you to the following who I am referencing today

Guideposts How to Make a DIY Face Mask, by Elena Tafone – Posted on Apr 1, 2020

BusinessInsider article by Julie Bort, April 2, 2020, link above

Peak Prosperity Daily Digest April 4, 2020, Adam reference about “Using blue shop towels…” article at Business Insiders



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