And now, this: Face Mask Production

This blog post began in March as a diary-in-progress as the call to make face masks emerged.

It now has a menu:

Update: as of May 14, all donation masks worked on now are headed to existing front-line relationships.

If you need masks for your facility, though, please still contact us. Our project is just one very small piece of a much larger community of help. We have cobbled together a small local network of similar mask projects and might be able to help.

Keep reading below for more info and how every community member can help.

ANYONE CAN HELP! Diligent hand-washing, social distancing and self-quarantine are considered the most effective measures for ordinary citizens. 

It is important to note that cloth masks do not replace N95 or other industry-manufactured medical masks. We are told to wear them in public, but statistics on fabric mask efficacy are hard to come by. They vary from maker to maker based on the materials we have on hand. 

What cloth masks ARE good for in medical environments is filling in gaps—we are told they are better than nothing. Nurses have reported using them OVER medical masks to protect/extend the use of a rationed supply. Any mask provides a barrier from someone's talking, coughs and sneezes. There may be non-medical personnel working in health care facilities who could be saving the safest gear for the doctors and nurses, but should have a maskUsing donated masks for these reasons allows us to save and store the more protective industry-made masks to be ready for the most high-risk tasks. 

Cloth donated masks may be the only choice left when other masks are simply not available.  


2 comments


  • DOnna

    I have about 50 pleated rectangular masks ready to been sewn. Have been waiting for elastic, that did not arrive. What is your opinion for using the idea cutting a stretch knit fabric into strips, that naturally curl when stretched. Then attaching these strips as ties on the four corners? I truly appreciate your professional opinion, i am anxious to get these masks to the people who need them, NOW. Thanks for what you are doing. And if you need another seamstress, please contact me. Donna Bellia, Collingswood


  • Michala Costello

    This is an absolutely beautiful post! I have driven by your store many times but always too busy to stop by. Now that all of the local places I would take my pup for a run in the morning are closed, I found myself running by your store this am and thought I should really check it out online. Fastforward to a post I saw on downtownhaddonfield instagram (gotta love social media) and here I am. Would love to support your efforts and your store. I haven’t sewn in ages and do have fabric and scrapes left and possibly elastic. Would it be best to try and make it on my own or drop off things? I just donated hundreds of booties (we use them for open houses) that I saw a need for. It’s amazing what we have that can be helpful when we just look around. At any rate, let me know how best to support you and your effort! Thanks
    Michala Costello


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