I am so low tech, I sew by hand even though I do a fair bit of it. But, given the current world situation and a need for speed, I prayed for myself and turned on a sewing machine this weekend. By either miracle or a primitive knowledge not unlike that belonging to a jellyfish, I made 10 masks.
Was it fun? Not really. Do they work? Studies would suggest they do — 80 percent microbial blockage for a basic surgical mask such as the one I’m wearing. (Mine includes a filter layer, which should improve its effectiveness — in theory — although it’s hotter.) Is there a need? Oh, yeah.
The first ones are either staying home or going out to family and friends. More are in the works — assembled from the fabric stash every crafty person has and trimmed by long strips of sheet that only recently retired from being a, well, sheet.
Need a pattern? This one — a fitted surgical mask — was designed by trauma/flight nurse Jessica Nandino. She’s all over the internet right now. My tips would include making 10 or more at a time for efficiency — think assembly line production — and not catching the pleats into the nose and chin darts as this will leave you with too small a mask.
Be well, be blessed and be ready to love lavishly. God is able to use you this way or in some other way you may not have yet imagined.