What do we do when we feel a sense of duty and responsibility to step up, contribute and give back? We listen to our gut and go for it! That’s exactly what our Director of Design, Marjorie Tan, and her daughter Sukyi did. With dire shortages of masks for healthcare workers on the frontlines, Marjorie and her daughter wanted to spend a weekend doing good from the safety of their own home. With little sewing skills and some spare Tea fabric, they were able to make over 20 masks that they then donated to their local hospital.
We’re here to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own masks. With this downloadable guide and a few hours to spare, you and your kids can help every healthcare worker in need around the country. To find out if any hospitals near you are taking masks, check this handy tool from https://www.deaconess.com/. If you don’t have extra fabric lying around like us, no worries! You can use old garments of clothes that you might have been thinking of giving to Goodwill, or that shirt that you just never wear anymore.
Why are homemade masks still helpful?
- While homemade masks do not replace medical-grade N95 masks, they do act as a barrier for reducing the spread of respiratory droplets.
- Wearing a mask helps protect you and those around you for when you leave the house for any and all necessary errands.
- They help keep you from touching your face! We recommend also wearing gloves whenever possible to help keep you even safer. Maybe we should try our hand at gloves next – what do you think?
We hope you enjoy our little tutorial and would love to see you make some masks! Please share with us anything you create, either on Instagram by tagging us @teacollection or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures! Let’s continue to be kind and do all that we can to help those around us safely and compassionately. Happy sewing!