We have received a request from AZCEND, a local non-profit who provides services like I-HELP, to sew 300+ face masks to be used by their employees, volunteers, clients experiencing homelessness, seniors, and other vulnerable/high-risk members of our community. There is also a request by Banner for the community to sew masks. Using face masks, or other face coverings as a protective barrier over one’s mouth and nose is a proven way to reduce exposure and mitigate the transmission of respiratory illness.

We would like to partner with them and are inviting YOU to join our work-from-home *Sewing Team*. There are only two qualifications: access to a sewing machine, and the ability to sew a straight-ish line 😉 There are many patterns available online. If you are an experienced seamstress and have your own pattern, feel free to use it. We have included a link to a blog post with a pattern, instructions, and video. The author also includes good general information.

At this point elastic is in short supply, so we’ve chosen a pattern which includes instructions for either elastic (if you already have elastic or can find it in stores) or ties. Masks should be made of 100% cotton so they can be washed in hot water and dried on hot/high heat. This is the most effective way to sanitize them between uses.

Please use the link below to join the team! You can select the number of masks you can sew, indicate if you will be using your own stash/repurposed cotton fabric, or if we can provide fabric to keep your sewing machine humming 😉 When we have received your completed form, you will receive instructions on how to return the completed masks.

This is a great hands-on opportunity to help while we’re all home together!