UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who helped us in our efforts to provide our community with the masks they vitally needed. After making over 200 masks and donating over 100 I am going to call it quits for now. Thank you to the entire Treadling Nation for all of your compassion, hard work and support to help us through the COVID-19 crisis.
TreadlingHome is calling on all members of the Treadling Nation who can sew to join in the cause!
As many, if not all of you by this point, are aware, the medical staffs of our local medical facilities are hurting badly for the supplies they need to keep themselves and their patients safe. We here at TreadlingHome are working with one of our local hospital’s staff to coordinate the items needed there.
Currently they are using rationed masks, gowns, gloves and goggles; aka the PPE kit usually to be changed every time you enter a room with a contagious patient. They are currently giving staff 1 kit per shift that they are to reuse. When they run out they are to follow the US CDC guidelines of using bandannas, scarves, reusing gloves and washing hands several times per patient visit when they run out, and using patient gowns when they run out of surgical protective gowns.
While I understand that these are emergency practicals and only to be used in the most desperate of situations, my mom is one of those nurses on the front lines, as well as several friends and other family members, and I would like to see it not get to this point.
Many companies are working with the government and trying their best to get the domestic production of these desperately needed supplies going, but in the interim there WILL be a period of time that the medical staff we all depend on will need our help.
So here is the ask…I am asking anyone who is able to sew to work with me, and the other efforts linked below to help provide these essential protective items to our nation’s medical care providers.
Linked *HERE* is the pattern I am personally using to make the masks Josh and I are supplying to the hospital where my mom works. The pattern is in Japanese, but has all the measurements are in English and there are plenty of photos to show you how to do it. If you have any questions, please comment them below or message me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be adding relevant links and updating this post as more information becomes available to me. Please remember that this is an ongoing situation and understand that we are not in anyway trying to spread panic. We here at TreadlingHome feel it is our civic duty to help in any way we can, whether that be staying home when asked to or making supplies needed to care for the ill.
Thank you all for your time and assistance in this national effort.
Links to other efforts to help
- Joann Fabric Store: National/Local effort: https://www.joann.com/
- (mask)MAKERS PGH: Local effort for Pittsburgh, PA: https://www.radianthall.org/maskmakerspgh
- Nine Line Apparel: National effort: Buy and Donate: https://www.ninelineapparel.com/
- Spencer Zaugg: Local/National/International: 3D Printing Blueprint: https://longliveyoursmile.com/3d-printable-mask-for-covid-19/
- Billings Clinic: Local/National/International: 3D Printing Resources for Mask Production: https://www.billingsclinic.com/foundation/