Just to be right up front with you – this was a very hard issue to put together. Things are changing so rapidly in our world, and everything seems so uncertain, that it can be a little paralyzing.
I finally just asked myself, “What can I do that will really make a difference?” My circle of influence seems so small at times like these. In the end, I realized the best thing I could do is what I’ve been doing for the past 7 years: provide you with information that will solve problems for you right now and into the future – ideas to keep you going forward.
Making Face Masks
I also wanted to do something for my community at large. It seems we may not have enough face masks for all of our health care professionals, first responders and at-risk individuals. One solution is for folks to chip in and make them. Though these home made masks can’t protect us completely, they are surprisingly effective. There’s already research about what fabric works best (2 layers of cotton fabric) and what’s most comfortable (cotton t-shirt fabric). I also found a free pattern and instructions that are easy to follow. So, I raided my quilting stash and my husband’s t-shirt drawer, and started making masks.
I spent the weekend making these first few for family and friends, to keep them safe. Here’s my first attempt – from On Pasture appropriate flannel fabric:
I have to say though, that the ones from cotton t-shirts really are the most comfortable. They stretch over my nose nicely. I can make about 5 medium-size masks from one of my husband’s t-shirts. They can also be kind of fun, like this old t-shirt from “The Strolling of the Heifers” in Brattleboro, Vermont.
I’ll leave you with that and all my best wishes for your continued prosperity and health. Stay home, wash your hands, and be kind to yourself and those around you!
Thanks for reading!