Pam Smith @piecefully_pam got in touch to ask if we'd share the front-seamless face mask pattern that she has developed. So here we hand over our blog to Pam...

Beebe COVID-19 Face Mask

I am reaching out as a Nurse and quilter to ask for help from anyone who will listen and has the power to make a difference. I feel very strongly the ABSOLUTE need to support our first responders, frontline workers, healthcare heroes, our communities and our world. 

We are living in an unprecedented health crisis. I am an RN (registered nurse) working full time for my small town local hospital. I am a quilter. On Friday 3 March, following communication with my Infection Prevention, Emergency Management and Population Health departments, I reached out to the two local guilds to which I belong with a request for home sewn face masks. Prior to my doing so, I told our hospital team to get ready, because quilters are the BEST people and they WILL respond.

It is with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat that I tell you that the OUTPOURING of home sewn masks, stitched with such love, care and kindness has been extraordinary! The generosity has been so/SEW tremendous, that these masks have now been assigned an item number by our Materials Management team for processing and distribution purposes. By mid-week, local first responders sent an urgent request for masks and Population Health was able to answer their call by delivering more than 100 home sewn masks.

There are naysayers. My initial email to my guild mates stated that this was NOT an N95 mask. However, it does provide a barrier with the additional benefit of being a visual reminder to practice social distancing and not to touch your face!

As I was making home sewn masks this week, I applied my decades of nursing experience and I researched. Meanwhile COVID-19 was taking lives - young, old and those of healthcare workers - around the world. PPE (personal protective equipment) supplies are being depleted. Yet healthcare workers and first responders without the proper PPE have continued to show up for work. It’s like sending a firefighter into a burning home with a hose that has NO water.

As I sewed masks, I continued to refine the design/pattern and I reached out to a small contingent of local sewists, asking them to trial my design. It was doable and as such, successful. Thanks to their efforts, coupled with the volunteered help of a talented and amazing DEMQG guild mate, a PDF pattern was created and made available on our local hospital website on 27 March. You can also find it here.

Beebe COVID-19 Face Mask

As a nurse, there is a rationale for everything I do. The mask I designed is the equivalent of a manufactured disposable surgical mask. But my design isn’t disposable - you can make them at home, they can be processed and reused! Also, this mask has a pocket for a replaceable HEPA filter. Most importantly, this design does not have a seam down the front that aligns with one's nostrils/nares and mouth.

Beebe COVID-19 Face Mask

We ALL need ALL the positivity and forward action against COVID-19 that we can possibly muster. Your contribution could help flatten the curve and who knows, it may save a life.

Please share and help this mask design/pattern go VIRAL in the BEST possible way <3.

Always

Piecefully, Pam @piecefully_pam  

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN NOW

Apr 01, 2020

Comments

  • Posted On April 15, 2020 by Margaret Buckingham

    Great to have face mask pattern on your website – but Pam Smith didn’t say how we where to get any masks we make to the right place? Can you help please to say where we should send any masks once we have made them ?
    Many thanks Margaret Buckingham .

  • Posted On April 15, 2020 by SueHuxley

    Hi Pam where can I get the filters from please?

  • Posted On April 03, 2020 by Christine Denson

    Where and who do we send these?

  • Posted On April 03, 2020 by Lesley watmore

    Hi as a former nurse a quilter and have a daughter working as staff nurse on a mental health Covid 19 unit , I am interested in making some of these . However What fabric do you recommend and where did you get the Hepa filters from ? My daughter has full PPE for work but she friends and family could really use these outside etc This is a fantastic help and means I can do my bit too Thanks

  • Posted On April 03, 2020 by Jackie Dodd

    It’s a great idea, who provides the filters? Where do I send them when they are finished?

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