Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Medical Mask Covers Needed



We have a unique opportunity to impact our community.
We can do this! Let's start sewing!
(Updated info in red ink)

                                               


Here is the pattern our group has chosen to use based on the input of several nurses.  This pattern has a pocket with the opportunity for the person wearing it to add some type of filter. As with most projects the first one may go a little slow, but once you figure out the pattern, it can easily be adapted to assembly line sewing. 

                  

When printing off the pattern, please be sure to look for a box labeled "scale" when you print the pattern. When I printed mine the "scale box" said 73% so my first mask was a smaller size. It is not a bad idea to make various sizes, but just wanted to point out that the smaller sizes will limit who is able to wear them.

This pattern also has a You Tube tutorial that is very well done. If you have questions regarding construction, you may want to view it more than once. 
       

  • Please use two different colors of fabric
  • Please use 100% tightly woven, high thread count cotton fabric. 
         If you hold the fabric up to a bright light and light passes easily through it, it is not a 
         good fabric to use. Cotton fabric that is breathable, with a denser weave will help to 
         capture a greater number of potential viral particles.


Here are some things to note regarding construction:
  • The pattern will call for a 3" piece of wire. We need to get creative and use what we have on hand such as paper clips, pipe cleaners, jewelry wire, or floral wire.
  • Pay close attention when you zig zag over the wire. You do not want to break your machine! You may want to zig zag, then insert the wire.

  • Be sure to curl the ends of the wire so it does not poke someone in the nose
  • Please be sure to secure the wire so it does not pierce the fabric and can hold up to repeated washing.


  • Elastic is already in short supply and sold out almost everywhere. Please do not leave your house to look for it. Bias tape can also be used to create fabric ties if you have it on hand.
  • You can also create your own ties by cutting a total of 2  -  1" x 42" strips of fabric (photo on left) for each mask. Fabric does not need to be cut on the bias. 
  • Next, press the narrow sides of the fabric in half lengthwise and the fold each side in to the fold line as shown in the photo on the right.


  • You may find it helpful to create fabric ties by using a "Bias Tape Maker" as shown in the photo above. (Clover brand, size 12) When fabric is inserted, it can easily be pressed without burning your fingers. Here is a video tutorial that may be helpful.
  • Once pressed, stitch down the entire length of the tie with a straight or zig zag stitch. The hospital has requested that we secure the ends of the ties with stitching or a with a knot.

                                                
  • If you make the casing on the mask a little wider, you can and easily insert the fabric tie. Be sure to stitch the tie in place so it will hold up to being  laundered.




                               
  • If you stitch a short distance along the top edge (left photo), and totally along the bottom edge (right photo), the masks will hold up better in the laundry.

  • Place complete masks in a Ziploc bag with the number included written on the bag.


Thank you for your willingness to help!
I pray that we represent Him well 
as we Sew, Quilt, and Share!

Sandra

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Pad Donations Winter 2020



This post covers all packages received by 
Sew Quilt Share between 

January 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020


If you are unfamiliar with the
cloth feminine pad project, you can learn more about it here.


These pads were donated by Barbara from Vancouver, WA.
Thank you so much!



Norma from Lebanon, Tennessee sent this box of
pads. Our sewing group will complete the final
sewing step and they will be sent on their way.
Thank you for your faithful support Norma!



These pads were sent by Shirley from Macomb, Michigan.
We appreciate those who love to sew!



Meladee from Tyler, Texas sent this donation of pads
and a lovely handwritten note!



Another box of pads sent by Norma from Lebanon, Tennessee!
Wow! Thank you so much!




This gift of pads was sent by the Young Women's Group
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
located in Orlando, Florida. It is so awesome to see young women
helping other young women. 
Thank you ladies! 



We were delighted to receive this donation from
ladies at the Lighthouse Freewill, Baptist Church located in Bedford, VA. 
In addition to
cloth feminine pads, they included 
and several packages of underwear, safety pins, and a hygiene bag.
Thank you!



This gift of beautifully sewn pads was sent by 
Kathleen, from Sturbridge, Massachusetts. 
Thank you Kathleen!



The ladies of Wellington United Methodist Church in
Telford, England sent this gift:)



Our friends at First Lutheran Church located in Jamestown, New York
sent this gift of colorful pads.
Thank you for your continued support!



Patricia, one of the ladies in our sewing group has been
unable to attend our meetings but stopped by to 
drop off these precut flannel pieces.
Thank you Patricia!


These gifts are greatly appreciated and 
provide a life changing opportunity to each girl who receives a set of pads. 
These feminine pads will be donated to Mission Possible to 
help with their outreach to students in the rural areas of Haiti. 
In the event that donations exceed the need, 
excess pads will be donated to similar faith-based outreaches.


Please visit these links to learn how your gift of 12 (or more) 
cloth feminine pads can make a difference:

May you always Sew in Peace!
Sandra

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Pad Donations Fall 2019


  

This post covers all packages received by 
Sew Quilt Share between 

September 6, 2019 - December 31, 2019


If you are unfamiliar with the
cloth feminine pad project, you can learn more about it here.


We were delighted to receive this donation from a 
group of young women ages 11-18 
from the Leesburg, Florida Stake of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
Wow! Thank you!


This gift of cloth pads and underwear were sent by the "Sew Sisters"
from Marquette County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They are
a group of 15-20 women who gather monthly to enjoy their love of sewing
and helping others. We thank you for you generous gift!


Judy from Greenville, Wisconsin sent these well made pads.
Our group accepts different styles of pads which will
most likely be used to assist women who need 
medical attention rather than in the school setting:)


An anonymous donor sent these cute pads all folded
up in neat, little bundles.
Thank you!


An anonymous local good samaritan dropped these pads off.
Thank you sweet friend!


Mountain Top Homemakers in Russellville, Alabama sent
this donation of 128 cloth feminine pads. 
Thank you ladies!


Joann from Fort Collins, Colorado sent these 
colorful pads!


This donation of cloth pads and underwear was sent by 
Liesl from Atwater, Ohio.
Thank you so much!!


We were delighted to receive this gift of pads from
the youth and ladies of Lumberport Baptist Church
located in Lumberport, West Virginia. The group plans
to take this on as an ongoing ministry project!
Thank you for your generosity!


Elizabeth from Hampton, Virginia sent this donation
of 43 cloth feminine pads!


This gift of beautifully sewn pads was sent by 
Julie from Spokane, Washington.
Thank you Julie!


Cheryl from Taylor Mill, Kentucky sent this donation of pads!
Love those beautiful fabrics!


This gift of pads was sent by the WINGS ladies group from 
The Anointed Church of the Living God, 
located in Helenwood, Tennessee. 
Thank you ladies! 


Heather from Kylertown, Pennsylvania sent
these colorful pads!
Thank you for your continued support!


Mary from Newnan, Georgia sent this gift of cloth
feminine pads!
We appreciate you thoughtfulness:)


This donation of 44 pads was sent by Paula from Columbia, Missouri.
Thank you Paula!


An anonymous donor from Tulsa, Oklahoma sent these pads!

These pads were sent by our friends at Eastside Baptist Church
in Henderson, Texas. We thank you for your continued support!

Cheryl from Hagerstown, Maryland sent this donation of pads!
Love those beautiful fabrics!
We were delighted to receive this donation from
Andrea from Naperville, Illinois. In addition to
cloth feminine pads, she included flannel fabric 
and several pair of underwear. Thank you!


These gifts are greatly appreciated and 
provide a life changing opportunity to each girl who receives a set of pads. 
These feminine pads will be donated to Mission Possible to 
help with their outreach to students in the rural areas of Haiti. 
In the event that donations exceed the need, 
excess pads will be donated to similar faith-based outreaches.


Please visit these links to learn how your gift of 12 (or more) 
cloth feminine pads can make a difference:

May you always Sew in Peace!
Sandra

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pad Donations Summer 2019



This post covers all packages received by 
Sew Quilt Share between 

July 1, 2019 - September 5, 2019

If you are unfamiliar with the
cloth feminine pad project, you can learn more about it here.


Becky from Findlay, OH made these colorful cloth
feminine pads. Thank you!


Norma from Lebanon, TN sent these partially sewn
pads. Our group will be happy to finish these!


An anonymous donor from Marble Falls, NY sent this 
large bag of precut lining. Thank you!


These pads were sewn at our July Sew Quilt Share meeting


Loose Threads Quilt Club from Hanna, Indiana sent
these pads. This group has a heart for charity work and
are first time donors. Thank you!
The extra flannel pieces will be sewn up
by our sewing group.



This gift of pads came from an anonymous donor
from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Love those
pretty pink flowers!



These beautifully sewn pads were sent by Joyce from
Bradford, Pennsylvania! Love the bright and
cheerful fabrics! Thank you!



This gift of pads was sent by the Hall family
located in Shreveport, Louisiana!



These pads were sent by Judy from Greenfield, Wisconsin!
We appreciate those who love to sew!



The ladies from the Lisbon United Methodist Church
sent this gift of 46 pads. Thank you ladies!



This gift of pads was sent by ladies from
Lake Mead Baptist Church located in Overton, Nevada.
We thank you for your generous donation!



These pads were sewn during our August Sew Quilt Share meeting!



Norma from Lebanon, Tennessee sent this box of
pads. Our sewing group will complete the final
sewing step and they will be sent on their way.
Thank you for your faithful support Norma!



A total of 15 feminine hygiene kits were sent by the Helping
Hands Sewing Group which is a part of Sharon Baptist
Church located in Sharon, South Carolina. They
are a small group with a heart to help others.
Thank you so much ladies for your generous donation!

]\

This feminine hygiene kit was sent by Judy from
Yuma, Arizona.


These gifts are greatly appreciated and 
provide a life changing opportunity to each girl who receives a set of pads. 
These feminine pads will be donated to Mission Possible to 
help with their outreach to students in the rural areas of Haiti. 
In the event that donations exceed the need, 
excess pads will be donated to similar faith-based outreaches.


Please visit these links to learn how your gift of 12 (or more) 
cloth feminine pads can make a difference:

May you always Sew in Peace!
Sandra