Help slow the spread of Covid-19!
Sew (or help fund) the creation of cloth masks for provision to the families of hospitalized patients and employees who serve in health care settings.
Buy One / Give One purchase a mask for your own use, and we’ll donate one to healthcare workers!
Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, we are working to use our collective skills to help minimize further spread of this virus by making and donating hand-sewn masks for people who work in health care settings or need to visit hospitalized family members or take loved ones to health appointments.
Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum has set up lines of communication with numerous health care providers – including clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers – to provide one point of contact for these already overburdened systems. We ask that you do not reach out to hospitals or clinics directly.
We have shown our pattern to professional healthcare workers who have given us feedback and requested the version we are using for this project. We ask that you follow this pattern with as few adjustments as possible so we can offer a standardized product.
THESE ARE THE TWO PATTERNS WE ARE USING
This pattern will be updated as we get feedback from our contacts at the clinics. Please check back to make sure you are using the most up to date version.
(Newest Versions updated to include elastic loops for over the ears on 4/4/2020 at 2:50 pm)
To get involved:
We are also beginning to recruit for fabric N95 Covers as these will become more critical as cases begin to hit our local hospitals. This pattern was developed by Dr. Sandy Chai with the Arkansas Department of Health. If you plan to sew this pattern, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate on numbers and timing.
IF YOU HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS // Go ahead and get started! As long as you are working with the same pattern, using tightly woven cotton fabric, and 1/8 in round elastic or 1/4 in flat elastic you are good to go! Make as many masks as you can. When you have completed your makes, please place them in a garbage bag and drop off at our location during one of the specified drop off times.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS // Come to our office during one of the specified drop off / pick up times and we will send you home with fabric, elastic, a pattern, and instructions. Our supplies are limited, so please only use our materials if you absolutely cannot procure your own.
FOR FABRIC PICK UP / MASK DROP OFF // Please come to the AAFF Office located at 203 E Emma Ave, Ste A, Springdale, AR 72764 – our office is located under the large blue Help Card awning.
Caution: If you are sick, or have been in contact with someone who is sick, please let us know before coming. We may be able to get supplies to you, but we recommend that you DO NOT go out in public. We care immensely about the health of our workers and participants. We want to limit contact with the public as much as possible. If you show up to the office and it is crowded, please wait in your car until more people have left.
MASK DROP-OFF / SUPPLY PICK-UP at 203 E EMMA
Friday, May 22nd, 10:00-12:00 pm
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 25TH IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
Wednesday, May 27th, 2:00-4:00 pm
Friday, May 29th, 10:00-12:00 pm
Monday, June 1st, 10:00-12:00 pm
We will continue to collect masks through the end of June, so check back weekly for updated fabric pick-up / mask drop-off times!
ADDITIONAL DROP OFF LOCATION!
549 W. 15th St
Masks or fabric for donation can be given to the attendant
M-F 7am-5pm, Sat/Sun 9-2
You can also mail masks to at 616 W Poplar St, Rogers, AR 72756.
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Please read the FAQ below before emailing. Due to the high volume of interest we are getting, we may be delayed in communication. Hang tight, we’ll get back to you!
– Will you be providing in person instruction on how to make masks?
// No. We will be doing everything possible to limit in-person contact. We will be posting video tutorials as well as have contacts with professional sewist who can help advise
– Can I use my own fabric?
// Yes! Your risk of coming in contact with the coronavirus is significantly decreased by practicing social distance and remaining at home. As such, using any material you already have at your house is the safest way to begin your project.
– I’ve heard these masks don’t protect you from viral infection, will they be good enough for clinic staff?
// Yes. While these masks are not anti-viral, they will be able to be used for many other uses at the clincs and will provide an alternative that can help staff conserve their very limited resources of anti-viral masks. These masks will also be reusable which is an added benefit during this extreme shortage of personal protective equipment.
– Will you provide materials?
// Yes, we will have limited options for fabric available free of charge at our office thanks to a generous donation from Michaels Stores.
– Do I need a sewing machine to make these?
// Yes, these masks for donation require a machine to construct. If you do not have a sewing machine, but would like to make a mask for your own personal use, the CDC has several no-sew options available on their website.
– I’m limiting my contact with people through social distancing, can I still participate?
// Yes! We are also limiting our contact with the public. Our pick up and drop off times are organized to have minimum contact with our team. We will have fabric ready to pick up, you come to the office, we’ll point you in the right direction, and you’ll grab and go. When the masks are finished, you’ll drop them during a drop off time and we’ll take them from there.
– I don’t want to leave the house at all, can you come pick up the masks?
// Yes, we can arrange a time to pick up the masks from your home. We will provide instructions at your request. Our staff is very limited however, so we prefer you drop your masks at our location during drop off times. We are happy to come get the masks from your car so you don’t have to get out.
– I’ve run out of elastic, what can I do?
// If you run out of elastic we recommend making ties out of the same fabric that you are using for your masks. Try one on, if it fits snugly around your nose and chin, it should be fine!
– I want to buy a mask for personal use, can you sell me one?
// Yes. We have decided to start a Buy One, Give One mask program to allow the community to purchase masks for themselves and cover the costs to donate a mask to a medical professional. If you are interested in purchasing a mask for personal use, please go to https://aaff-masks.square.site/
– I have not worn a mask before and am not sure how to wear a mask properly, can you please show me?
// Yes. Our CEO and Director of Educational Programming made a video that you can watch below. You can also read our notes from our May 8th Zoom meeting here.