Mask Makers to the Rescue

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Facemasks (Photo: SB Bucket Brigade)

By edhat staff

Local residents and organizations are joining forces to create face masks for healthcare facilities and community members during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The majority of people do not have masks and health officials are urging people to use cloth masks and not to purchase surgical or N95 masks to reserve them for hospitals.

The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, a local nonprofit who formed after the 1/9 Debris Flow to help dig mud out of homes, has dropped their buckets and picked up sewing machines. 

They're calling on anyone with sewing skills to make masks at home for a chance to win prizes in a campaign titled, "So You Think You Can Sew?" The contest runs through the end of the month where the sewers who create the most masks can win t-shirts and prizes from local businesses. Visit sbbucketbrigade.org for more information.

Another local group, SB Mask Makers, are also sewing masks for residents and the homeless population. The volunteer group is asking for a donation of materials and volunteers to complete their goal of dropping off masks to local homes.

To donate or volunteer, visit sbmaskmakers.com.

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EastBeach Apr 10, 2020 01:31 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Funny story ... a co-worker obtained an oval-shaped mask. It's made of a smooth black material with a sheen and some body to it. It has upper & lower straps. When he wears it, his face looks like one half of a brassiere! He now proudly walks the halls calling himself "bra man"! :)

Ahlia Apr 10, 2020 01:03 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

My neighbor very kindly made us matching cotton masks and we were very excited to have them ! Took them to the Farmers Market, tried to put them on and they were SO small ! ( I do not have a big face ) Only a small child could have worn one so we had nothing to wear that day and we had to give them back. Please, mask makers, make both the amount of material "and" the amount of elastic big enough for an adults face & a little breathing room. Thank you :-)

biguglystick Apr 10, 2020 11:11 AM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Dear mask makers: Please put a little metal or wire strip in the top for over the nose. My friends made masks and sent me some. One has the strip, the others don't. The one with the wire strip inside allows us to wrap the mask securely and snugly over the contours of the face. Simple, but makes a HUGE difference! Thank you to all you mask making heroes out there!

a-1586532641 Apr 10, 2020 08:30 AM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

I'd like to BUY a couple for some formerly-homeless acquaintances who don't have any resources where they're holed up. How can I do this?

taraSB Apr 10, 2020 03:55 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Please drop off masks to local restaurants. We are struggling, and can't get them through usual channels; we are hanging on by a thread (and a mask?) There are 6 restaurants open daily on the 500 block who could really use mask donations! Pascucci is happy to coordinate distribution. Drop off on patio daily between Noon and 8pm, we'll make sure our neighbors get them too.

taraSB Apr 10, 2020 07:26 AM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Please don't forget to assist restaurant workers. After being furloughed from my FT job I am working two- three shifts pee week, 4 hrs each at minimum wage and can't afford to buy a new mask. Restaurants still open are barely making a dime and masks are expensive and in short supply. Please offer to drop off a stack of masks to any open business? We need help.

a-1586464749 Apr 09, 2020 01:39 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Beth Farnsworth Ward from KEYT posted this today 4/9 Thurs. Masks on a Mission is a collaborative sewing bee Honeybee-- 50 women strong. Filling orders for sbsheriff & ⁦SBCPublicHealth. Looking for more makers, fabric, bias tape & donations. Email : [email protected]

EastBeach Apr 09, 2020 11:23 AM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Suggestion for the mask makers ... I sometimes wear masks at work when I'm in the lab. It is VERY EASY to touch your face while removing the mask or while adjusting it (sometimes reflexively). That's bad for those who don't realize they should wash their hands before touching their mask. So I suggest sewing a large tab near where the strap meets the mask material. That will allow people to tug on the tab to adjust/remove thereby avoiding contact with their faces.

a-1586455737 Apr 09, 2020 11:08 AM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Gorgeous masks, and very fashionable. Like having works of art on your face! Thank you to all those creative people in the world. You're the BEST!

letmego Apr 09, 2020 04:05 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Japan practiced a fair bit of social distancing. They cancelled schools for almost a month.

a-1586466473 Apr 09, 2020 02:07 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Here is the answer, the CDC recommended mask, https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-a-cloth-face-mask/, noting that it won't prevent the wearer from getting Covid-19 but will protect others if you have it.

a-1586466354 Apr 09, 2020 02:05 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

Here is the answer, the CDC recommended mask, https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-a-cloth-face-mask/, noting that it won't prevent the wearer from getting Covid-19 but will protect others if you have it.

a-1586453951 Apr 09, 2020 10:39 AM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

"Maskmaker, Maskmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch, Maskmaker, Maskmaker
look through your book, and make me a perfect batch."

a-1586466335 Apr 09, 2020 02:05 PM
Mask Makers to the Rescue

That's so weird. My s.o. was just waltzing around the house the other day singing, "If I Were a Rich (Wo)Man." I didn't even know she'd seen the movie. Your song is perfect.

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