I like this concise guide to face coverings from UCLA Health.
Note that although in Los Angeles masks are required to be worn outside the home, the rule here in Montgomery County requires face coverings "in grocery stores, pharmacies, and large chain retail establishments."
I seem to be on a tear with "M" titles for the blog posts. Maybe I can move along in the alphabet for the next post. Any who...
On the Facebook page, people have been posting adorable photos of their children sitting at sewing machines and holding up the masks they have made. These photos have inspired me to speak with some of these children and tell their stories. Today, I interviewed Sophie, a 15 year old in Portland, Oregon. Soon, I hope to interview a few more mask-making children and as soon as I do, I will share their stories and some photos with you.
If you have stories and photos of children who are making, or helping to make, masks, please share them with me in the comments below, on the Facebook page, or by emailing them to me at email@example.com.
Ruth Rosenthal turned her masks, which are destined for frontline workers at the USPS, into a tribute. Share your mask art in the Comments.
How to Make Bias Tape
Where is elastic when you need it?! Now that face masks are in high demand, many of their component parts are in short supply. In particular, it is very hard to find the elastic customarily used for ear loops.
No elastic means that mask makers—already a creative group—have had to get even more creative. Makers are now making ear loops and ties with ribbon, hair ties, strips of stretchy knit material and bias tape. Of these options, homemade bias tape is the least expensive and easiest to get your hands on; as long as you have fabric, you can make bias tape.
How To Grow from a couple of sewers to over 300 Members in A little More than a month
Christina Davis and Theresa Hiatt saw an enormous need for personal face masks in early March 2020 when the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, announced the shutdown and sheltering for the state of Maryland. They saw essential people without safety gear including health-care workers, senior aids, grocery store clerks, seniors and compromised individuals and pulled together the resources and people to make re-usable face masks.